Will & Grace fans are gagging knowing that new episodes of the series are just a few months away—but any serious devotee is wondering how the writers are going to explain the original series ending.
If you don’t remember, in the final episode Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) grow apart and remain estranged from each other for almost 20 years. They reunite when the series flash forwards and their children end up meeting each other in college, fall in love and are planning to get married.
So will the revival just pretend that they stayed friends? What about their kids, will they be running around their apartment?
“All I know is that I was told that they’ve come up with a very creative way of dealing with how the show ended, and that it will be in real time,” Messing said during an appearance on The Bill Carter Interview on Sirius XM. “So it will be 11 years after.”
Aside from hinting how the show will deal with the finale, Messing also talked about how she feels that this political climate is the right time for the NBC series to return—even if it is over a decade later.
“[We’ll talk about] social issues, political issues, and be outrageous,” she added. “And it seemed like there literally is no better time than right now for this kind of show that’s already welcomed, to come back and to try to make people think the way that we did 10 years ago.”
The series co-creators, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, were honored at last week’s Logo Trailblazer Honors and at the event they also hinted on how the revival would deal with the finale.
“We can tell you this much: They are very much living in that apartment in 2017 in the month of September, on the 28th of September at 9:00,” Mutchnick told E! Online. “That’s when you’re going to meet up with them again and they are going to explain to you exactly what happened so you know the rules moving forward and you won’t feel like anything is left open.”
Mutchnick went onto explain how the series’ writers spent a lot of energy on dealing with the finale at their recent story camp where they worked on the new episodes:
“I will tell you that almost more than anything, more time went into figuring out how are we going to reintroduce the show and what were the rules going to be and how were we going to address that finale.”
So the series will take place in 2017 with Will and Grace still friends—can we suggest that their children be abroad with their husbands during the revival?
That leaves another question: What about Leslie Jordan? In the series finale Jordan’s character Beverly Leslie was blown off the balcony, leaving Jack his fortune. Hopefully the writers are coming up with a clever way to explain how Beverly survived all of these years later.
The new batch of episodes premiering this fall will reunite the original cast along with creators Mutchnick and Kohan, who will serve as showrunners. James Burrows, who helmed every episode of the original run, will return to direct. NBC had originally ordered a 10-episode ninth season but added two additional episodes—for an hourlong Christmas episode—and the network hopes to up the number even more.
“It’s possible,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline. “It’s my hope that we will have more than that.”
Below, watch Mutcnick and Kohan accept their award at the 2017 Logo Trailblazer Honors:
Will & Grace airs weekdays on Logo.
h/t: TV Guide