It was the best day of our lives when Will & Grace came back to the small screen! Earlier this year it was announced a reboot of the early 2000s sitcom would be returning — so, we’re answering all your burning questions about new revival, which has been amazing so far! Scroll down to read more about the Will & Grace reboot!
When did Will & Grace return?
The Will & Grace reboot premiered on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at 9/8c on NBC. At first, the revival show was going to be 10, 30-minute episodes, but in April 2017 it was revealed that the series order was bumped up to 12 episodes and in August 2017, it was bumped to 16 episodes and even renewed for Season 2. Even though the fall finale was last night, we have 10 more episodes left of this season!
Who stars on the Will & Grace revival?
All of the old cast members are back for the revival! Debra Messing (who portrayed Grace Adler), Eric McCormack (Will Truman), Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland), and Megan Mullally (Karen Walker) all star on the new series.
In a previous exclusive interview, Debra gushed about how she couldn’t wait to get back on-set. “[I’m looking forward to] laughing every day. I know that I took it for granted when we first started doing the show,” star Debra Messing recently told Closer Weekly. “We laughed every single day and it really is an amazing thing to be so close as a cast and to truly enjoy each other and respect each other and to play with each other… just to sort of enter back into that will be a blast.” She added, “[Will & Grace is] like the thing that brought [the cast] together, [the show] is such an integral part of who we are that I think we’re family and it feels like coming home.”
Why did they kill Rosario off Will & Grace?
In August 2017, it was revealed that Rosario wouldn’t be on the show’s revival because the actress that played her, Shelley Morrison, was retiring. “Shelley has decided to retire,” co-creator Max Mutchnick said at the time. “It was with a heavy heart that she gave us that information and that we received it, but it is the way that it goes. It is a choice that she has made. We really wanted Shelley to be a part of this series, so we find ourselves having to figure that out moving forward. It was not an easy decision to make, but it’s one that she made.”
However, in the Will & Grace episode on Thursday, Nov. 2, it was revealed that Rosario had a heart attack and died from complications, however, it was all off-screen. Don’t fret, though! Karen Walker’s beloved maid is 81 years old and still alive in real life!
Rosario on Will & Grace.
Will Molly Shannon return to Will & Grace?
Yes! Variety reported on Thursday, Nov. 2 that Molly would be in the second half of the revival season in her role as Val Bassett, the neighbor of Will and Grace. In the show’s former episodes, Val stepped in as Will’s best friend was Grace was too busy for him! We can’t wait to see how she fits into the storyline today.
When did Will & Grace originally air?
The original show aired for eight seasons — 194 episodes! — on NBC from September 1998 until May 2006. In a previous interview, Debra gushed about her past time on the show. “I will forever be Grace Adler. I am thrilled and proud that that is the case,” she said. “For [the cast] to have had that kind of impact, and for [Eric’s] character to be so beloved, it’s a wonderful thing.”
Do they use a laugh track on Will & Grace?
In the past, the cast has made it very clear that they do not use a laugh track. At the Tribeca TV Festival, Mutchnick candidly addressed rumors that they do. “That’s a live audience,” he said. “A lot of people are now writing about this, the ‘canned laughter.'” He continued, “We try to pull back the laughs as much as we can. They’re very hot, and they invade [the cast’s] mics. We can’t control the laughter that bleeds onto the microphone that’s covering the talent when they’re acting.”
The Will & Grace cast filming the reboot. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
And Megan couldn’t have agreed more. “We’ve never used fake laughs, because we’ve never had to,” the actress said. “There’s so many laughs… they often have to cut several minutes of dialogue out of the show because of the length of the laughs.”
What happened in the series’ finale episode?
In the final Will & Grace episode, it was revealed through a series of time jumps that besties Will and Grace hadn’t spoken in 20 years until they accidentally ran into each other while moving their children into the same dorm at college.
However, the show picked up at 11 years later and showed Will and Grace both living together in Will’s apartment after they each went through a divorce. We’re so excited to continue to watch the new Will & Grace show!