One of the most beloved comedy series of all time, 'Will & Grace' is sadly coming to an end as Will Truman, Grace Adler, Jack McFarland and Karen Walker will say goodbye to their incredibly loyal fans following the upcoming season, premiering in Australia in 2020 only on Stan, the same day as the US.
The series will conclude following an 11-season, 246-episode run over the course of four decades as one of the most influential sitcoms of our generation.
From executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows: "We think of the 'Will & Grace' reboot 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.'
"In 2016, Bob Greenblatt came to us with the idea of doing a 10-episode reboot 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."
"It's been the highlight of our careers to write for and direct four incredible artists who we consider to be the finest and funniest ensemble sitcom cast of all time – Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes.
"Of course, actors as brilliant as these four are only as good as the words they're given. The 'Will & Grace' writing room has been a dream team that has consistently lifted the show to heights we never could have achieved on our own with their collective humour, warmth, and humanity.
"The hardest part about making this decision is saying goodbye to our outstanding production team and crew who, over two decades, brought passion and artistry to every department. If we had just one more season, we would have learned their names. So, thank you Handlebar Mustache, Cheese Lady, and Cargo Shorts #1 - #12. We will always think of you as family.
"And finally, our deepest gratitude goes to each and every 'Will & Grace' fan across the world. It was a privilege to make you laugh."
'Will & Grace,' which returned in 2017 earned an astonishing 91 Emmy Award nominations, 18 Emmy wins (including Outstanding Comedy Series) and seven SAG Awards among dozens of other kudos. In addition, the show is one of the few in TV history where each member of the cast won an Emmy.
Other significant accomplishments on the 'Will & Grace' resume:
• 30 Golden Globe nominations
• 7 GLAAD Awards for Outstanding TV Comedy Series
• 7 DGA nominations (and one win) for James Burrows
• The show received national attention on the political stage in 2012 when Vice President Joe Biden said, "I think 'Will & Grace' did more to educate the American public more than almost anything anybody has done so far" in recognition of equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
• Many of the show's memorabilia – scripts, casting notes, props, etc. – are part of a gay rights exhibit in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
After the series was renewed for its 10-episode, 2017 comeback, the network soon increased the episode order to 16. Add in the 18 episodes for the 2018-19 season and 18 for 2019-20 season, and fans of 'Will & Grace' were able to enjoy 52 episodes in addition to the show's original 1998-2006 run.
Unlike many other shows that return after a layoff, 'Will & Grace' was able to retain its award-winning core cast. Many of the supporting cast and behind-the-scenes artisans also came back for the additional seasons.
The finale season of 'Will & Grace' will premiere only on Stan in 2020, same day as the US
'Will & Grace' Seasons 1-2 of the series return are available to stream now only on Stan, with all episodes for Seasons 1-8 also available