When the cast of Will & Grace got back together for a one-off US election special, it prompted speculation of a new series.
Now the speculation is finally over and the cat is out of the bag – Will & Grace is officially returning to our screens with brand new episodes!
The popular show which began in 1998, humorously depicts the friendship between straight women and gay men. It will be joining the likes of Gilmore Girls, Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch and getting a reboot.
NBC has confirmed the news and released a trailer for the upcoming revival, and reportedly ordered 10 episodes of a Will & Grace revival, reuniting Emmy winners Debra Messing (Grace), Eric McCormack (Will), Sean Hayes (Jack) and Megan Mullally (Karen).
Megan Mullally (who plays squeaky-voiced and morally corrupt socialite Karen Walker) divulged more details on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, whilst Debra Messing confirmed the news to an excited fan on Twitter, and Sean Hayes hit up his former and soon-to-be co-stars for a lift to the office.
It's TRUE! https://t.co/aOVK0xircj— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) January 19, 2017
“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.
“This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary – all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture – is coming back where it belongs.”
Variety reported that NBC had been in talks with the cast and creators of Will & Grace since September, when they reunited to film a one-off episode encouraging fans to vote in the presidential election.
In that ten-minute special, Will and Grace were both voting for Hillary Clinton. Karen, meanwhile, was voting for “Donny Trumpy”.
Jennifer Salke, the president of NBC Entertainment, said that the success of the reunion show pre-election spurred them on to start working on a new series.
“The fact that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production is a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons,” she said.
"We didn't know until the last minute", Megan Mullally revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "We didn't even really know officially until a day before yesterday that it was really officially real, for real, coming back," Megan told the late night host.
"It's so weird, but they happened to have on them the whole Will & Grace living room set," the actress continued. "Just something you carry around in your purse."
This eventually led the cast members to get back to work, which made them feel pretty close again. "So we got to go there one day, we rehearsed, and we shot it the next day," Megan said.
"From the second we got there and saw each other, we started humping each other like right away."
Watch the teaser trailer here:
Here's to hoping that the show hits UK networks soon!