‘Will & Grace’ Revival Ordered to Series at NBC, Star Says

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NBC appears poised to revive Emmy-winning comedy Will & Grace, former co-star Leslie Jordan says.  The actor — who won an Emmy for his role as Beverly Leslie — recently said in radio interview with KPBS that the network has revived the comedy series for 10 episodes. NBC declined comment.

 

“It’s back,” Jordan said. “[NBC] has ordered 10 [episodes]. It’ll be for next season, so they’ll go in in July.”

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NBC has been eyeing the Will & Grace limited series revival since October, when the network was riding a wave of nostalgia after stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes stepped back into their former characters in an election-themed video that went viral.

At the time, deals with the four stars still had to be worked out, as did new pacts with series creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the latter of whom had the idea to do the September election-themed TV revival. Universal Television, which produced the original series, also needed to secure the stars as well as the creators.

 

Will & Grace ran for eight seasons and scored 16 Emmy wins out of 83 nominations. All four stars took home Emmy gold for the show about a single woman, her gay roommate and their eccentric friends. In its heyday, the stars earned $600,000 per episode to do the series — on top of points on the back-end. The show remains a hit in syndication. (The series does not have a streaming home.)

 

 

For his part, McCormack said there was no official talk of a revival during the two days it took to film the reunion video, though he seemed open to it.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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