NBC has decided to add two more episodes to its reboot of “Will & Grace,” which will air later this year. Deadline.com reports 12 new episodes will now air, up for the original 10 announced earlier this year.
Actor Sean Hayes, who plays Jack McFarland on the series, confirmed the news on his Facebook page.
The news was trending overnight on social media, a clear message that the revival of the LGBT-themed sitcom is a fan-favorite. NBC seemed to already know this, as the company made the reboot front-and-center of its upfront promotions. Upfronts are networks way of promoting the upcoming television season to advertisers in order to secure commercial time.
This unprecedented ninth season of Will & Grace — 11 years later — was created following the viral success of a surprise election-themed reunion released on YouTube last September.
The new episodes are expected to pick up the characters’ stories a decade after the 2006 finale, Deadline reports.
“Will & Grace” aired on NBC from 1998-2006. Starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, the show won 16 Emmys, including best comedy series. The show was way ahead of its time, and is credited by many with paving the way for more LGBT characters on television.