Will & Grace, one of NBC’s most beloved comedy series of all time, is coming to an end as Will Truman, Grace Adler, Jack McFarland and Karen Walker will say goodbye to their fans following the upcoming season that begins in 2020.
The series will conclude following an 11-season, 246-episode run over the course of four decades as one of the most influential sitcoms of our generation.
George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment said: “When NBC had the opportunity to reconnect this amazing cast and creative team, we jumped at the chance. The impact and legacy of Will & Grace simply can’t be overstated, both as a true game-changer in the portrayal of the LGBTQ community and as one of the finest comedies in television history. A huge thank you to Max, David, Jimmy and a cast that is second to none for their brilliance over an incredible run.”
Executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows added: “We think of the Will & Grace’ reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis – 51 is not enough, 53 is too many. That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of Will & Grace.
“In 2016, Bob Greenblatt came to us with the idea of doing a 10-episode reboot of Will & Grace. They say you can’t go home again, but we did. And now, three seasons and 52 episodes later, we’re even more proud of something we never thought we’d get a chance to do again. We have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience twice. And for that, we owe a double debt of gratitude to NBC, this show’s supportive and caring home since day one.”
“It’s been the highlight of our careers to write for and direct four incredible artists who we consider to be the finest and funniest ensemble sitcom cast of all time – Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes.
“Of course, actors as brilliant as these four are only as good as the words they’re given. The ‘Will & Grace’ writing room has been a dream team that has consistently lifted the show to heights we never could have achieved on our own with their collective humor, warmth, and humanity.
“The hardest part about making this decision is saying goodbye to our outstanding production team and crew who, over two decades, brought passion and artistry to every department. If we had just one more season, we would have learned their names. So, thank you Handlebar Mustache, Cheese Lady, and Cargo Shorts #1 – #12. We will always think of you as family.
“And finally, our deepest gratitude goes to each and every ‘Will & Grace’ fan across the world. It was a privilege to make you laugh.”
A start date on the upcoming and final season will be announced at a later date.
Will & Grace, which returned to NBC in September 2017 on the momentum of a 2016 election-themed mini-reunion episode that drew more than seven million views, will go down in TV history as one of the most acclaimed comedies of all time. The series earned an astonishing 91 Emmy Award nominations, 18 Emmy wins (including Outstanding Comedy Series) and seven SAG Awards among dozens of other kudos. In addition, the show is one of the few in TV history where each member of the cast won an Emmy.
Other significant accomplishments on the Will & Grace resume: 30 Golden Globe nominations; 7 GLAAD Awards for Outstanding TV Comedy Series; and 7 DGA nominations (and one win) for James Burrows.
After the series was renewed for its 10-episode, 2017 comeback, the network soon increased the episode order to 16. Add in the 18 episodes for the 2018-19 season and 18 for 2019-20 season, and fans of Will & Grace were able to enjoy 52 episodes in addition to the show’s original 1998-2006 run.
Max Mutchnick and David Kohan write and executive produce. James Burrows directs and executive produces. Will & Grace is produced by Universal Television.