They’re baaack!!! Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack will once again grace your gay TV screens on Thursday nights, beginning this fall. The comedy’s original cast returns to NBC eleven years later, and it’s like seeing good friends again after spending ages apart. And we gotta hand it to them, they look exactly the same, which means amazing. And naturally, they are full of the same wit and charm.
The world has changed so much since we first watched Karen make a perfect dry martini while insulting Grace’s fashion choices for the day, or delighted in Jack’s flamboyantly gay antics. As AfterEllen writer Karen Frost pointed out in this article about the significance of the show’s impact, “when the sitcom first aired in 1998, homosexuality was still technically illegal in parts of the US (the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which universally decriminalized homosexuality in the US, wouldn’t happen until 2003) and a large percentage of Americans held very anti-LGBT views (specifically, over 50% thought homosexuality was “always wrong“).”
The show certainly helped shape the public attitude about homosexuality as it was groundbreaking during its time. Fast forward to the present, and we have marriage equality, many gay characters on TV, and we are almost, if not quite . -gay ok. So how will audiences view the show in 2017? We expect it to be just as funny and entertaining, albeit in a much different cultural setting. And while we STILL think the world deserves a lesbian Will & Grace, we will enjoy this reboot.
Take a look at the official video preview. It’s pretty great just on its own as a mini-episode. And Grace, why are you scared? We don’t understand what there is to be afraid of. Unless you’re going to announce that you’re a lesbian now. But that’s unlikely….oh well.
Starring original cast of Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, the 12-episode run begins this fall, airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will serve as writers, showrunners and executive producers. Legendary director James Burrows, who helmed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, will direct and executive produce.
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