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Will & Grace Season 11: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

July 26, 2019
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Will & Grace’ is an American sitcom that airs on the NBC network. Created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, the show is set in New York City and revolves around the friendship between gay lawyer Will Truman and interior designer Grace Adler.

For those unaware, ‘Will & Grace’ is a show that goes back two decades, with Season 1 having premiered on September 21, 1998. Since making its debut, the show ran for a total of eight seasons, with the Season 8 finale airing on May 18, 2006. During this phase of its run, the show was the highest-rated sitcom among adults in the age group of 18-49 years from 2001 to 2005, and it also enjoyed tremendous critical acclaim, winning several awards. However, it was shelved owing to internal conflicts.

After a lull of 11 long years, NBC decided to put the show back in production, after the show’s cast reunited for a 10-minute special in September 2016, urging Americans to vote in the 2016 US Presidential Elections. The special was received well, and NBC put its plan of reviving the show into motion. Subsequently, Season 9 of ‘Will & Grace’ premiered on September 28, 2017. Even before Season 9 premiered, NBC renewed the show for Season 10, which was aired in Fall 2018. Then, on March 17, 2018, months ahead of Season 10’s premiere, NBC renewed the show again for Season 11. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming season.

Will & Grace Cast: Who is in it?

The original show consisted of four main characters, all of whom return in the revival cycle of the show which began in 2017. Further, creators/executive producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, are back too, along with director/executive producer James Burrows.

Eric McCormack reprised his role as Will Truman, while Debra Messing made a return as Grace Adler. Megan Mullally also returned as Karen Walker, while Sean Hayes reprised his role as Jack McFarland.

There are a few other characters who make recurring appearances, but the sitcom primarily revolves around the aforementioned characters. All four are expected to make a comeback and reprise their roles in Seasons 10 and 11, because frankly, without them, ‘Will & Grace’ would lose its identity.

Additionally, the revival has also seen several recurring cast members such as  Leslie Jordan, Minnie Driver, Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Michael Angarano, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, and David Schwimmer return in episodic roles.

Will & Grace Plot: What is it about?

In the show, Will is portrayed as a gay man who has built a successful career as a corporate lawyer since he graduated from Columbia University. Will’s friendship with Grace goes back to his freshman year at university, and since then, the two have been best friends. While Will has a an obsession about certain tasks like cleaning, dressing, and decorating, he is also extremely compassionate and patient towards those he cares for, sometimes even to a fault. More level-headed than Grace, Will often serves as her rock. Grace, on the other hand, is portrayed as a successful straight interior decorator who lives as Will’s roommate throughout most of the show. More neurotic compared to Will’s level-headed nature, Grace often relies on him for emotional and moral support, especially when she suffers from heartbreak.

Being a sitcom, ‘Will & Grace’ follows this relationship between the titular characters as they deal with ordinary and extraordinary situations that arise in their lives. Apart from them, alcoholic socialite Karen Walker and gay actor Jack McFarland also feature frequently in the show, and the four are shown to be close friends. Through the trials and tribulations of casual sex, dating, marriage, and divorce, the four friends stick by each other, and their way of dealing with situations, of course, is quite hilarious.

However, where the show stands out, as it has always had since the beginning, is in its satirical depictions of stereotypes surrounding homosexuality and Jewish culture. Such has been the impact of the show that it has been credited with improving public opinion about the LGBTQ community in America, and items from the show even feature in the reputed Smithsonian Institution’s LGBT history collection.

Unsurprisingly, ‘Will & Grace’ enjoys quite a lot of critical acclaim, and Season 9 of the show, the first season since its revival, enjoys a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88%. Season 10, however, was a relative let down, and has a score of 60% on the aggregator website. ‘Will & Grace’ also enjoys considerable popularity among viewers, and has a good rating of 7.2/10 on IMDb, after over 46,000 votes. Further, the show boasts 30 Golden Globe nominations, and has 18 Primetime Emmy Awards under its belt, with each actor in the main cast having won at least one Emmy.

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Will & Grace Season 11 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Will & Grace’ season 10 premiered on October 4, 2018. The show was renewed for an eleventh season even before the premiere of its tenth season. Now, that’s the good news we all wanted to hear. But the bad news is that on July 25. 2019, NBC confirmed that eleventh season is also going to the last for the popular tv show, and that it was ultimately a creative decision between the cast and creators.

“We think of the Will & Grace 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,” said creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan and executive producer and director James Burrows in a statement. “In 2016, Bob Greenblatt came to us with the idea of doing a 10-episode of Will & Grace. They say you can’t go home again, but we did. And now, three seasons and 52 episodes later, we’re even more proud of something we never thought we’d get a chance to do again. We have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience twice. And for that, we owe a double debt of gratitude to NBC, this show’s supportive and caring home since day one.”

So, while we hope that creators reverse their decision, at this point we can only wait for the next season to premiere. No official release date has been announced, but we expect ‘Will & Grace’ Season 11 to premiere in October 2019. We will update this section when NBC officially announces the exact release date.

Will & Grace Trailer:

While we wait for ‘Will & Grace’ season 11, here is a promo for Season 10 to give you a glimpse into the sitcom and the story thus far.

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