'Will and Grace' revival officially a go at NBC

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It's official: Will & Grace is returning to NBC.

Less than a month after former co-star Leslie Jordan leaked the news, the network made the formal announcement Wednesday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

The Will & Grace revival will consist of 10 episodes and bring stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes back to the network with the series set to bow during the 2017-18 broadcast season. They are joined by original series creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, who all had to ink new deals with producers Universal Television for the revival. (Hayes has a long-standing relationship with Uni TV, having developed several series for the studio including NBC's Grimm and Hollywood Game Night.) James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial run, will return in the same capacity. Kohan and Mutchnick will again serve as showrunners.

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WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Gypsies, Tramps and Weed' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Cher as herself -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Marry Me a Little' Episode 8 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard' Episode 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rosie O'Donnell as Bonnie, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'May Divorce Be with You' Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Macaulay Culkin as Jason 'J.T.' Towne, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Needle and the Omelet's Done' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Jared Ward as Chris -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Jason Marsden as Kim -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Marry Me a Little More' Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Tim Bagley as Larry -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Das Boob' Episode 3 -- Aired 11/2/99 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Bill Reitzel/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kevin Bacon as Himself, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jordan as Beverley Leslie, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Baby Lila, Debra Messing as Grace Adler (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Blanket Apology' Episode 19 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Sydney Pollack as George Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Partners 'N' Crime' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Moore as Kitty, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Partners 'N' Crime' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Laura Kightlinger as Sheila, Bobby Cannavale as Vince D'Angelo, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Mourning Son' Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jerry Levine as Joe, Tim Bagley as Larry, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Leigh Allyn Baker as Ellen, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman, Tom Gallop as Rob, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) George Takei as himself, Wanda Sykes as Cricket (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Britney Spears as Amber-Louise, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, George Takei as himself, Wanda Sykes as Cricket (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Read more: 'Will & Grace's' Debra Messing, Eric McCormack on Clinton-Themed Reunion and a Possible Revival

NBC had been eyeing the Will & Grace limited series revival since September, when the network was riding a wave of nostalgia after stars Messing, McCormack, Mullally and Hayes stepped back into their former characters in an election-themed video that went viral. At the time, deals with the four stars still had to be worked out, as did new pacts with series creators Kohan and Mutchnick, the latter of whom had the idea to do the September election-themed TV revival.

Will & Grace ran for eight seasons and scored 16 Emmy wins out of 83 nominations. All four stars took home Emmy gold for the show about a single woman, her gay roommate and their eccentric friends. In its heyday, the stars earned $600,000 per episode to do the series — on top of points on the back-end. The series remains a hit in syndication, but it does not have a streaming home.

In an interview after the election-themed video was released, both Messing — who has a long-standing friendship with NBC boss Bob Greenblatt that dates back to Smash and The Mysteries of Lauratold The Hollywood Reporter that she would "never say never" about a revival.

Read more: 'Will & Grace' Cast Tackles Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Brangelina for Election-Themed Reunion

"Now there are platforms where you can do six or 10 episodes. I don't believe we would ever come back to network [TV] again," the actress said. "I think that the logistics of all of our lives — there would just be way too many things to hammer out. But for something shorter-lived and maybe having the limitations of being on network TV lifted may give us a fun, fresh opportunity because we could be really, really naughty!"

For his part, McCormack said there was no official talk of a revival during the two days it took to film the reunion video, though he seemed open to it.

"As for the future, everyone — from Max and David on down — is so protective of the show and how we ended it," he said. "We're very proud of the series finale and the story that told of the break that friendships sometimes take. So to play with that and change that story and change our own stories in life, I'm sure we would all be open to talking about it."

The reunion was Mutchnick's idea. The sets were stored at Emerson College in Boston, where they had been housed for the past 10 years but needed to be moved. He transported the sets to the show's original studio and had them reassembled. Burrows returned to helm the viral video that now has more than 6.6 million views.

"Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017," Mutchnick said.

For NBC, this marks the network's first new series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season. The series comes as Fox has found ratings and buzz with revivals of The X-Files, 24 and, later this season, Prison Break. (NBC's Heroes revival last season, however, was less fortunate.)

Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is quickly approaching 500 original series. Key to the remakes is having the original producers involved in some capacity (which Will & Grace clearly has) as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries.

Already in the works this season are reboots of Car Wash (ABC), Sneakers (NBC), Enemy of the State (ABC), Dynasty (The CW), War of the Worlds (MTV), Magnum P.I. (ABC), The Lost Boys(The CW), Varsity Blues(CMT), The Departed(Amazon), Let the Right One In(TNT) and L.A. Law, among others.

Watch the Will and Grace announcement that NBC revealed to critics Wednesday, below.

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