Watch the cast make the announcement
The recently revived Will & Grace has been picked up for a third season.
The NBC sitcom originally ran for eight seasons between 1998 and 2006. It starred Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes.
It returned to screens with season nine last September and was picked up for a second series before the revival had even aired.
Now NBC has confirmed that the show has been given a third season, featuring 18 all-new episodes. You can see the moment the cast make the announcment at PaleyFest in Los Angeles below.
They also revealed that season two will get an additional six episodes, going from the original 12 to 18.
“As far as I’m concerned, we can’t get enough of ‘Will & Grace’ and 23 more episodes is music to my ears,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “We’re eternally grateful that Debra, Eric, Sean and Megan feel the same way and wanted to keep this good thing going.
“I’m overwhelmed by the euphoric response the new show has received from the press and the audience, and my hat is off to the unrivaled writing team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, as well as the brilliant directing of Jimmy Burrows, for consistently delivering one of the best shows on television.”
When NBC ordered the new season in January, the network’s Entertainment Jennifer Salke said: “The fact that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production is a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons. Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and Will & Grace is one of the best.”
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt added: “This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”