It was meant as a limited series, but that doesn’t mean NBC isn’t already looking ahead to the future possibilities for Will & Grace.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said he hopes “there is more to come” after Will & Grace finishes its initial 12-episode run this fall.
“That would be the greatest outcome of this whole thing,” Greenblatt told reporters Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. “We did the first table reading yesterday, and aside from a few reading glasses… we are all gray somewhere… they look exactly the same as they did 10 years ago, but there is a little hair-coloring involved. I don’t think Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes would mind us telling you that.”
Greenblatt told EW earlier that he doesn’t want to “presume Will & Grace would immediately be a hit series again.” “Nobody wants to jinx it,” he said. “We want to walk before we run and see it how feels and plays. I don’t think its a fait accompli yet.”
The chairman also said he started talking to creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan before the election special was filmed last fall. “We didn’t do anything overt until after the episode aired and we saw the reaction. We wanted to see what would come of it. Pretty quickly after it aired and starting garnering all kinds of fan activity, I started saying to him, they look amazing. They look the same. The show is the same. It’s hilarious and insightful. So I asked, what about doing more episodes? So he said, ‘Let me talk to the cast. Let me see what I can do.’”
Will & Grace returns to NBC on Sept. 28. For more about the revival, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday.