‘Will & Grace’ Creators Throw Shade at Former NBC Exec Jeff Zucker

TCA 2017: “We’re very, very happy to be a part of Bob Greenblatt’s NBC,” Max Mutchnick says

Last Updated: August 7, 2017 @ 4:25 PM

“Will & Grace” co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick threw shade at former NBC President and CEO Jeff Zucker on Thursday.

Speaking to journalists at a Television Critics Association panel, the duo answered a question regarding a lawsuit with NBC over the rights to the sitcom.

“Bob Greenblatt’s NBC is a very different NBC than Jeff Zucker‘s NBC,” Mutchnick said. “And we’re very, very happy to be a part of Bob Greenblatt’s NBC.”

“That’s why we’re here,” he said. “We cannot say enough about what a tremendous advocate Bob has been for us and for the show. And we’re here because of him.”

In 2003, Mutchnick and Kohan sued NBC, claiming the network sold the rights to the Eric McCormack and Debra Messing-led sitcom at “tens of millions of dollars” below fair value. The suit was settled in 2007 in favor of the producers.

Greenblatt also announced on Thursday that the revival has already been renewed for a second season months ahead of the premiere. The first season, set to debut on Sept. 28, has also been expanded to 16 episodes.

The producers reiterated that they’re happy to return to the network that aired the show for eight seasons between 1998 and 2006.

“As far as I’m concerned, the lawsuit wiped away the finale,” Kohan joked, referencing the duo’s surprising decision to ignore the events of the first series finale. “It never happened.”

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