After rumors, a mini-reunion during Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and unconfirmed reports, NBC has announced today that the network is bringing back their hit comedy Will & Grace for ten episodes next season. All four cast members (Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally) secretly filmed a ten minute reunion to help campaign for Hillary in the fall, which prompted rumors that they might come back for a full reunion.
In fact, it was that reunion that helped make the revival happen. NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement, “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 adds. “Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and Will & Grace is one of the best.”
In other news, TNT has renewed their venerable drama Major Crimes for a 13-episode sixth season. The Mary McDonnell led drama was renewed for 13-episodes for its current fifth season, before the cable network added an additional 8 to get to 21. There is no word if that will be the case again, or if this will be indeed its final season.
The current season of Major Crimes averages a .45 in the 18-49 demo and around 3.7 million viewers, which is in line with its 23-episode fourth season.