the buzz around the return of Will and Grace after an 11 year absence has convinced NBC that audiences are already for a second helping. During a panel at Thursday’s Television Critics Association press tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that the network has not only extended the return’s first new season from 12 to 16 episodes, it also picked up the series for another season. Said Greenblatt, “There’s been such an outpouring of love from the fans. We’re a very grateful network and we’re more than thrilled to have this show for a minimum of two seasons.”
Also at the TCA event, Eric McCormack spoke about Will’s love life, saying that his character has “got a little bit more self-confidence and that’s going to leave some very interesting dating things.” Eric also talked about the series’ 2006 finale which the showrunners are pretending never happened. He told reporters, “We’d done a finale that not only answered the questions, but made it impossible. People saw that election video and what people responded to wasn’t just how funny that video was, but how the show looks the same and feels the same. And we went, ‘oh that’s true! So why are we stuck with this ending that we gave it when we don’t have to be?’” He added that, “We’re not here to reinvent this wheel. We’re going to give it a coat of paint and that’s it.”
The shows creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, have confirmed that Harry Connick Jr. is returning to the series as Grace’s former flame, Leo, and noted that “We’re in the [confirmation] process with some of these other folks, and it will be great if it happens.”
Sadly, for all of you fans of Rosario, she won’t be returning for the revival. At Thursday’s Will and Grace panel at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, show co-creator Max Mutchnick, said that Shelley Morrison, the actress who played Karen’s feisty maid, has retired. When she turned down returning to the role, Max said, “It was with a heavy heart that she gave us that information and that we received it, but it is the way that it goes. It is a choice that she has made. We really wanted Shelley to be a part of this series, so we find ourselves having to figure that out moving forward. It was not an easy decision to make, but it’s one that she made.” And, of course, the show will address the loss of Debbie Reynolds, who played Grace’s mom. “She’s obviously not coming back, but we will be speaking to it and the characters will be speaking to it,” said Max.
I am so sad Rosario isn’t coming back, and I really hope the series can live up to the hype. I’m definitely going to be tuning in to see how they gloss over that awful finale though. The new season debut on September 28, as NBC tries to bring back the magic of “must see TV.” Will you be watching?
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