Will & Grace revival series ‘in the works’ after election special

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Talks about a full-scale Will & Grace reunion are reportedly underway, after the cast reprised their roles for a special last month.

The NBC sitcom ran for eight seasons from 1998 until 2006 – and the show has often been hailed as the watershed moment in LGB visibility in the media.

The beloved show was revived for a one-off special last month, with Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprising their roles for the 10-minute clip.

Following the success of the clips, reports have emerged that planning for a full 10-episode revival may already be underway.

The Hollywood Reporter broke news that talks had begun over the NBC show’s potential revival.

However, it notes there are several hurdles: “No deals are in place with the four key stars or with 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, would have to secure the stars as well as the creators. It’s unclear if NBC would air the revival or if the network could get outbid for what is sure to be a pricey series by a streaming giant like deep-pocketed Netflix.”

Debra Messing hinted last month that she would be game for a bigger reunion.

She said: “”Now that [the election special] is live, everyone has been asking, ‘Are we really coming back? Could we really come back?’
“My response, which I’ve learned in the last five years, is I never say never anymore. Everything has changed so much in the TV industry; there have been reboots.”

“There are platforms where you can do six or 10 episodes… I don’t believe we would ever come back to network [TV] again.”

“Maybe having the limitations of being on network TV lifted may give us a fun, fresh opportunity because we could be really, really naughty!”

McCormack last month said he had not been approached about a wider reunion, but said: “I’m sure we would all be open to talking about it.”