I want the old Will & Grace back (in the new season)
Well it’s happening honey. Will & Grace is returning to TV this month and frankly I can’t wait for it. The cult comedy series is making a comeback with 2 more confirmed seasons (9 and 10) on it’s original network NBC. And not only that the show is revived, almost the entire cast is coming back to the roles we’ve grown to love.
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes are bringing back Will Truman, Grace Adler, Karen Walker and Jack Mcfarland and the upcoming 9th season of Will & Grace airs on September 28.
The 9th season will be much shorter in episodes (16 episodes are planned and confirmed) and first episode of the new season is directed by the series old collaborator James Burrows. But wait… Why am I not cringing and worrying over the revival of the series? Well for several reasons. Yes, I’ll be the first to admit, a revival though new season is not always a safe bet. Heaven knows we (the audience) have had a fair amount of bad come backs of a beloved TV series. Does Heroes ring a bell?
But hey there is hope. Besides the return of the 4 lead characters, there is also one little thing that gives me hope. The fact the events of the finale are erased and there is a fresh (but very familiar) start to the new season. If you recall, the 2 part finale of the 8th season, ended with Will and Grace rekindling their friendship after briefly reuniting at their children’s dorms. Grace previously got back together with Leo (Harry Connick JR) and Will with Vince (Bobby Cannavale).
Well the brand new 9th seasons is erasing those events and I love that.
“When the decision was made to bring the series back, we were like, well, we left them with kids, right?” co-creator Kohan told EW. “And if they have children, then it has to be about them being parents, ‘cause presumably it would be a priority in their lives. And if it wasn’t a priority in their lives, then they’re still parents, they’re just bad parents, right? We frankly did not want to see them being either good parents or bad parents. We wanted them to be Will and Grace.”
According to Kohan’s interview for EW, Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) will be living together yet again, Jack (Sean Hayes) will still be living across the hall, and Karen (Megan Mullally) still be boozing in her mansion. Will and Grace will still be a corporate lawyer and interior designer, respectively, while Jack will have moved on from “Just Jack” to teaching acting students his own form of “Jackting.”
I could not be happier to tell you the truth. I want it that way. Why? Because like almost every other series, Will & Grace suffered the same ailment when new characters (and especially love interests to the main cast) were added. If you recall, bringing Leo as a love interest for Grace changed the narrative for the series in a very dull, unwanted and slightly confusing way. But for me it brought the unwanted disturbance and meddling in Will and Grace’s friendship. You see… like so many other series that were based on strong friendships (Friends, Sex and the city) every addition of a male or female partner to the basic characters was met with animosity. By me. Why ruin something special? Why fix something that is not broken? Sure I can’t say that all additions are bad. Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) is yin to Sheldon Cooper’s yang but in Will and Grace’s case they already had those in the form of a overly sexual/ego-maniacal/ boozy friends (Jack and Karen).
So yeah, I’m happy about the new beginning of the new season. I’m happy to see the 4 characters just being there for each other, fighting and bickering with one another, playing charades and loving one another. Mostly because the previous season finale (from the 8th season back in 2006) was not very believable, (although very warm and touching) and I’m hoping that nostalgia will prevail in the nicest way at the end of the month. Will, Grace, Jack and Karen, oh and lots of humor. That’s what I’m expecting to see. The old Will & Grace. So bring it on NBC.