NBC has decided to pull the plug on the Will & Grace reboot. After a successful relaunch that saw the sitcom return to the air after an 11-year absence, executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan, and James Burrows came to the conclusion that the time is right for this series to end. The show will officially be over in 2020 following the end of its third season.
The producers and cast said in a joint statement, “We think of the ‘Will & Grace‘ reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis – 51 is not enough, 53 is too many. That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of ‘Will & Grace.'” NBC co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy added, “The impact and legacy of ‘Will & Grace‘ simply can’t be overstated, both as a true game-changer in the portrayal of the LGBTQ community and as one of the finest comedies in television history. A huge thank you to Max, David, Jimmy and a cast that is second to none for their brilliance over an incredible run.”
The reboot sprung from the idea to do a 10-episode mini-series years after the original run. Garnering massive support from fans and the network, the cast and showrunners decided to keep going with what was clearly a solid idea. “They say you can’t go home again, but we did. And now, three seasons and 52 episodes later, we’re even more proud of something we never thought we’d get a chance to do again,” said the producers. “For that, we owe a double debt of gratitude to NBC, this show’s supportive and caring home since day one.”
The final season still doesn’t have an air date, but it should be starting before the end of 2019. It’s amazing how a show like Will & Grace could still be relevant nearly 20 years after initially airing, but it was always one of the more progressive programs on television. It’s a wonder what forward thinking can do for keeping your property in the hearts and minds of people everywhere.