For the second time during its run on NBC, Will & Grace is coming to a close. This time around, it will be after the upcoming eleventh season premiering in early 2020.
In a statement on the subject, executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan, and James Burrows announced the news with the following reference to the series itself:
“We think of the Will & Grace [revival] 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.”
Three seasons is a pretty good run for any sort of revival series in 2019, and we’ve come to learn that just by looking at the checkered performance of other shows that have come back from the dead. Will & Grace got off to a great start upon its original return to the air, but since that time, it has steadily lost some of its viewership. Season 10 was down big versus the season 9 average, and since this revival was never quite intended to last anywhere near as long as the original show, three seasons feels about right.
Do we think that Will & Grace hurt its comedy legacy by comedy back at all? Not in the slightest. Just remember for a moment that the comedy climate for being on television now is head and shoulders different from what it was when the show was first on the air. No comedy is getting that sort of gargantuan ratings. What matters the most is that the new Will & Grace remained very much funny and that it gave us plenty of reasons to shine for the entirety of its run. When you are looking at things from a big-picture perspective, we like to think that this matters more than anything as viewers come to take a look at it years after the fact.
Now, let’s hope that some of these performers continue to be cast in new and interesting things moving towards the future. Let’s also hope that they find some more ways in which for us to laugh.
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