Unfortunately for fans, the Will & Grace revival will not return fora fourth season. NBC will retire the show after its third season wraps up in 2020. Read on to find out all the reasons why…
The Cancellation Of Will & Grace
Sad news for Will & Grace fans: the reboot will leave the small screen early next year. Since the start of the show’s second season, NBC has tried everything to get ratings up. Last year, they introduced David Schwimmer onto the show, which excited both audiences and critics. However, even the addition of the famous Friends actor failed to bring in viewers. Since 2017, the show’s rating have continually dropped, despite loyal fans’ love for the series. Now, NBC has announced the third season of the Will & Grace reboot will be the last.
While the news surprised fans, the cast expected it. In fact, the network said it consulted the cast before coming to a decision. Ultimately, everyone agreed, while canceling is sad, it’s also the right thing to do. After the announcement, many members of the cast shared their thoughts and feelings online with fans. A joined statement from the actors stated, “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.”
The Actors’ Responses
Many of the actors also responded personally online. Sean Hayes, who plays Jack, tweeted, “For all Will & Grace fans, I am sharing the news that this is going to be our last and final season (which premieres this winter). To everyone who watched the first run and to everyone that encouraged this reboot, we did it all for you.”
Meanwhile, Eric McCormick, who portrays Will, shared a more bittersweet message with his Twitter followers. “Well, we’re taking this one out like we brought it in: with love, laughs, gratitude… and on our own terms. Season 3 of #WillandGrace (well, season 11!) will be our grand finale… and it’s gonna be FANTASTIC,” he wrote.
A Historical Show
Will & Grace received one of the first reboot orders in the current craze, and it’s not hard to see why. The original first aired in 1998, and even now, more than two decades later, is considered a groundbreaking show. It centers around the lives of Will, a gay man, and Grace, a straight woman, who are best friends and roommates. It depicted their lives in a casual, accessible, and fun way. For one of the first times on television, gay characters loved, cried, failed, and succeeded. Even more important, it showed straight and LGBTQ characters interacting with one another, normally. While this regularly happened it the real world, it took quite a while for television to catch up.
The show paved the way for many future primetime shows with gay characters across all genres – from Glee to Orange Is the New Black, from Modern Family to Transparent. While the reboot only survived three years, the show will live on forever. And, hey, who knows, they might reboot it again in the future! For now, fans have to rely on streaming services, DVDs, and memories.