When “Will & Grace” returns with its upcoming revival, it has been confirmed the new episodes will ignore the events of the two-part series finale.
EW reports that when the show returns, both Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) will be single, childless, and still living in their infamous New York City apartment.
That’s a big jump from the finale which saw both raising kids with their respective partners Vincent (Bobby Cannavale) and Leo (Harry Connick Jr.). Co-creator Max Mutchnick says they weren’t prepared for this possibility:
“We spent most of our time trying to figure out what would be the way to make the show the best version of itself coming back after eleven years. That finale really caused us a lot of grief. You write a finale because a show is over. You never think that it’s coming back again.”
His fellow co-creator David Kohan says they decided to ditch it all so that they could go back to the old status quo:
“When the decision was made to bring the series back, we were like, well, we left them with kids, right? And if they have children, then it has to be about them being parents, ‘cause presumably, it would be a priority in their lives. And if it wasn’t a priority in their lives, then they’re still parents, they’re just bad parents, right? We frankly did not want to see them being either good parents or bad parents. We wanted them to be Will and Grace.”
Connick is expected to briefly reprise his role as Leo in the new version of the show which they say won’t be toned down from the original and will keep the same tone and style of humor.
The new season of “Will and Grace” begins September 28th.