A Will & Grace revival was rumored, then confirmed, earlier this year, and has since been wildly promoted. You can blame a 12-episode order on the nostalgia train, but things have gone off the rails. We’re getting a Season 2, and Season 1 hasn’t even been released yet.
The Hollywood Reporter says that NBC announced that Will & Grace may never die at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday; additionally, they’re adding four more eps to Season 1, bringing the total to 16. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes will all be back, goofing it up and kissing on the mouth. If you’re wondering how all this could be happening, blame Trump.
US Magazine reports that when Messing spoke at TCA, she put the responsibility for the revival squarely on his shoulders:
“The campaign season between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton absolutely was the catalyst for us coming back,” the actress, 48, revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday, August 3. “If that election did not happen and it was a different kind of campaign season, we could not be here right now.”
If Hillary Clinton had won, we wouldn’t be experiencing this. Any of this. This. Is. Not. Normal.
It’s not clear if the show will directly address the great bloated orange monster hanging over everyone’s heads, but Messing seems to imply that there will be something in the story that pertains to our times. The word “relevant” is in there:
“Just doing that made us realize that there is a kind of magical synergy between the four of us that just is there,” Messing, who plays Grace Adler, said at TCA. “And the writing was just so smart and funny and relevant. I think that gave us all the confidence to say, ‘OK, will this work in everyone’s lives? And if it does, by all means, let’s dive in together.’”
Who knows, maybe it will be unexpectedly great, and Megan Mullally is always welcome on my television. The show premieres September 28.