“Will & Grace” fans rejoice, we’ll be getting even more of Will, Grace, Jack and Karen. According to Variety, NBC has just approved a second season of the hit comedy with 13 episodes to its name. Additionally, due to positive buzz, four more episodes will be added to its first returning season, making it 16 episodes long.
The news was announced at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday by NBC head Bob Greenblatt. The original cast of Debra Messing (“The Mysteries of Laura”), Eric McCormack (“Perception”), Megan Mullally (“Children’s Hospital”) and Sean Hayes (“Grimm”) have already signed on to return. The original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will return to the helm, as will original Season 1 director James Burrows.
The first hint of the show’s revival came last fall, when the “Will & Grace” cast reunited for a short skit about the 2016 presidential election. After the recent groundswell of excitement from the show’s fans, McCormack told Variety he predicts a good reception. “There’s been a very non-cynical, nonjudgmental response,” McCormack said, “That made me feel like we have a place and we’re not going to fighting an uphill battle…I thought, why not?” Castmate Messing said that the first table read for the upcoming season felt like coming home, telling Variety:
“We all came together and read and it felt like coming home. We laughed so hard…to come back together and to laugh out loud and to be surprised by one another and to have new stories to tell and to have another opportunity to do it, it’s a no-brainer.”
“Will & Grace” returns to television Sept. 28, airing Thursdays this fall. Watch the newest trailer for the upcoming season below.