The “Will & Grace” revival is set to end with its upcoming third season on NBC, which is the 11th season overall for the beloved sitcom starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes.
The final season will be 18-episodes long and debut in 2020, with a premiere date to be announced at a later date.
“When NBC had the opportunity to reconnect this amazing cast and creative team, we jumped at the chance,” NBC Entertainment co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy said. “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.”
After an eight-season run from 1998-2006, “Will & Grace” was revived at NBC in September 2017, following the success of an election-themed reunion episode that aired in 2016 and drew more than seven million views. Before it even aired, the first season of the revival was expanded to from 10 episodes to 16 and a second season was ordered. A third season was ordered in March 2018, before Season 2 aired.
The series has scored 91 Emmy nominations, 18 Emmy wins (including Outstanding Comedy Series) and seven SAG Awards over its lifetime.
Read a message from executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows below.
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.’
In 2016, Bob Greenblatt came to us with the idea of doing a 10-episode reboot of ‘Will & Grace.’ 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. We have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience twice. And for that, we owe a double debt of gratitude to NBC, this show’s supportive and caring home since day one.
It’s been the highlight of our careers to write for and direct four incredible artists who we consider to be the finest and funniest ensemble sitcom cast of all time – Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes.
Of course, actors as brilliant as these four are only as good as the words they’re given. The ‘Will & Grace’ writing room has been a dream team that has consistently lifted the show to heights we never could have achieved on our own with their collective humor, warmth, and humanity.
The hardest part about making this decision is saying goodbye to our outstanding production team and crew who, over two decades, brought passion and artistry to every department. If we had just one more season, we would have learned their names. So, thank you Handlebar Mustache, Cheese Lady, and Cargo Shorts #1 – #12. We will always think of you as family.
And finally, our deepest gratitude goes to each and every ‘Will & Grace’ fan across the world. It was a privilege to make you laugh.