It’s really happening, y’all.
Will & Grace is returning.
We’ve known this officially for quite some time, but NBC just released the first official teaser with the original cast (Eric McCormack as Will, Debra Messing as Grace, Megan Mullally as Karen, and Sean Hayes as Jack) in Will and Grace’s old New York City apartment stepping comfortably back into their old roles — and it’s as if no time has passed at all. Like old friends IRL, the chemistry between this foursome is more than palpable — it’s effervescent, contagious, and downright electric.
Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!
Excuse me, whilst I dry my eyes from ALL the tears.
If this first look is any indication of the feel of the show when it returns, well, all I have to say is:
Will & Grace was the first primetime episodic TV show about a gay character, featuring gay characters, and has undoubtedly contributed to gay culture (sometimes in ways that weren’t so positive), but nobody can deny the impact of Will & Grace on not just popular culture, but American culture in general; the show helped to bring about tolerance — if not acceptance — of the LGBTQ+ community from the late 90s to the mid-2000s, after the AIDS crisis rocked the world in the 80s to the mid-90s and made most people fear homosexuality. As Debra Messing put it (during her recent appearance at the GLAAD Media Awards, where she was being honored), a little comedy went a long way:
If today’s cultural and political climate is any indication, the lighthearted comedy of Will & Grace is exactly what we need right now. In fact, it was the recent US Presidential election that brought the original cast back together in the first place. Relive the glorious scene where the cast reunited to try to elect then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton below:
Will & Grace always had its fingers on the pulse of pop culture, and we expect no less from the revival when it premiers on Thursdays on NBC this fall.
HyperReality will be watching closely. Stay tuned.