All four leads on Will & Grace won Emmys during the show’s initial eight year run | Photo: Twitter
NBC announced on Thursday (25 July) the upcoming season of Will & Grace is the last.
Will & Grace, which ushered in visibility for LGBTI people (primarily gay men), premiered in 1998. It lasted for eight seasons, before NBC brought it back for a revival in 2017.
David Kohan and Max Mutchnik created the series.
It follows best friends Will Truman (Eric McCormack), a gay lawyer, and Grace Adler (Debra Messing), an interior designer. Rounding out their quarter is Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), a gay actor, and Karen Walker (Megan Mullaly), a self-centered socialite.
Over the course of its many seasons, the show focused on the friends’ love lives, careers, and general shenanigans.
The revival brought the show back in both familiar and new ways. Old characters made triumphant returns, but jokes were now firmly rooted in 2017 and beyond.
Season 10 drew in 3 million weekly viewers, down 45% from the revival’s first season.
‘The way Karen Walker thinks of martinis’
Mutchnik, Kohan, and executive producer David Barrows, released a statement about the show’s end.
‘We think of the Will & Grace [revival] episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis — 51 is not enough, 53 is too many,’ they said. ‘That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of Will & Grace.’
Over the course of its life, the show became one of the most successfuly and widely watched series with gay main characters.
Its popularity helped contribute to people’s growing acceptance of the LGBTI community in the 90s and 2000s, albeit in a white and cisgendered sort of way.
Hayes tweeted they did the show ‘all for you’.
For all “Will & Grace” fans, I am sharing the news that this is going to be our last and final season (which premieres this winter). To everyone who watched the first run and to everyone that encouraged this reboot, we did it all for you. ❤️
Love to you all.
— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) July 25, 2019
The final season of Will & Grace will premiere during the midseason.
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