"Will & Grace" is back, honey

The landmark NBC sitcom returns in September after an 11-year hiatus

"Will & Grace" is back, honey

How’s this for throwback Thursday? Will & Grace, the sassy sitcom that broke ground and changed hearts from 1998 to 2006, is “Must See TV” again on Sept. 28. The show’s four stars—Eric McCormack as sardonic attorney Will Truman, Debra Messing as neurotic bestie Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as bratty but fabulous Jack McFarland and Megan Mullally as resident snarker Karen Walker—are all in for at least two new seasons.

“I get to hang out with all my friends again!” cheers Hayes. Mullally notes that she’d “still be doing the show from 2006 if they had let us.” Messing, pointing out the series’ penchant for subversive pokes at jerks, is happy the cast and crew will be able to “make people laugh—and shine light on issues and make people think!”

Why reboot now? Thank the over 7.6 million YouTube views of last year’s 10-minute reunion video showing Will and the gang kvetching about the presidential election. “We saw that people truly missed us,” says McCormack.

The success of that update made co-creator Max Mutchnick’s imagination run wild. “I thought these characters would probably have a lot to say about what’s going on in the world today.”

The revival reveals what everyone has been up to since the finale. Mutchnick promises everything “left hanging” is resolved in the first episode. Bonus: They do so without the it-was-all-a-dream conceit. The real dream, says fellow co-creator David Kohan, is “getting to write for some really good comic actors again.”

 

The Fab Foursome’s favorite Episodes

Eric McCormack

“23” (Season 5)

Karen’s hubby dies, inspiring a wacky funeral. “Everyone screamed through the table-read,” recalls McCormack. “And there were no notes from the network!”


Debra Messing

“Das Boob” (Season 2)

Will tries to plug Grace’s water-filled bra after it springs a leak. “That was the most extreme we got with physical comedy,” says Messing. “I loved it, and the moral of the story: You’re perfect the way you are.”


Megan Mullally

“To Serve and Disinfect” (Season 2)

After an unseemly video of Karen surfaces, it appears she’ll leap out a window, “but she’s actually getting a giant bottle of vodka chilling on the ledge.” Mullally says it took Karen to “another level.”


Sean Hayes

“Coffee & Commitment” (Season 3)

“Karen gives up alcohol, and Jack gives up caffeine,” remembers Hayes of the installment that made him LOL the most. “We end up having this slap fest that even to this day makes me laugh.”