September 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM EDT

Excited for the revival of Will & Grace? 

So are the original foursome, and they joined EW to talk about their highly anticipated return to network TV. And never fear — the characters are still the same imperfect beings.

“It’s 2017 and these characters are different, but we haven’t matured emotionally,” Debra Messing said. “Let’s just say that all the flaws that made these characters likable and funny, we still are just as flawed.”

Eric McCormack admits he never thought a revival of this nature would be possible. “We completed in the future — we showed them at practically 60 with grown children,” he said. “I never thought we could unwrite that, but guess what? You can unwrite that.”

Meanwhile, Megan Mullally revealed she had imagined a Broadway musical called Karen: The Musical, but never dreamed the show would come back.

The four original cast members also teased upcoming story lines for their characters, including the fact that Will (McCormack) will be dating “way younger men” and Jack (Sean Hayes) is teaching his own form of acting, branded as “Jack-ting.”

For many, it will just be a pleasure to see the gang back together again. “The reason to bring it back is to do the old school comedy that makes you laugh out loud that allows you to be physically comedic,” said Messing. “So we’re just gonna stick to what Will & Grace was and hope that people will be happy to see it again.”

Watch the video above for more from the cast. Will & Grace premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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