Arguably one of the most anticipated TV series for the 2017 fall season is “Will & Grace”, NBC’s 10-episode revival of the groundbreaking sitcom that ran from 1998 until 2006.
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally take readers inside the journey that led the beloved sitcom to make a return to the air more than a decade after saying goodbye.
As series creator Max Mutchnick reveals, getting the cast and original crew to agree to return took a grand total of 40 minutes.
“It was amazing,” Mutchnick tells EW. “We gave them a date and brought everybody back together. Everybody pretty much to a person, say for about three people, they showed up. We had everybody from the pilot do this. It was incredible. In front of and behind the camera, we had every single member.”
Mullally, who plays booze-swilling Karen Walker, recalls “sitting on the couch in my house, reading the script and then I emailed Max and I said, ‘Why can’t we do this show again?’ And he emailed right back saying ‘We can!’”
Messing, who’ll reprise the role of Grace Adler, adds: “I always thought about the four of us as being like an orchestra and each of us playing a different instrument and creating a musical together. Comedy is music. Once we started playing the music again, it was like, ‘Oh, I know how this song goes.’”
It’s an assessment with which Mutchnick agrees. “The strangest thing about it is how comfortable and natural everybody has been with the whole thing,” he says. “We did this having not seen each other for 10 years and then decided one day to show up to work and got right back to it. Here we are. That’s a pretty bizarre thing.”
You can read more in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.
“Will & Grace” makes its triumphant return on Thursday, Sept. 28 on Global.