Will & Grace Is Returning to NBC Next Season for a 10-Episode Run

Last fall's Hillary Clinton video sparked the revival

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Fox isn't the only broadcast network that's bringing back its biggest recent hits.

NBC is reviving its hit sitcom Will & Grace for a 10-episode limited run next season. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke made the announcement at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

All four of the show's stars—Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally—will return, along with show creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan and director James Burrows, who directed every episode of the sitcom's run.

NBC has been pursuing a revival ever since the stars and creators reunited last fall for a hilarious pitch to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton.

"We're thrilled to have the show back. We've been quietly talking to Max and David since the reunion episode went viral in September to see if it was possible to align everyone's schedules to do these episodes," Salke told reporters. "And we're so happy it all worked out. We've got the cast, producers, Jimmy Burrows, everyone's on board and excited to get back in production."

The show aired from 1998 to 2006, and was the highest-rated sitcom in the 18-49 demo from 2001 to 2005. Its series finale drew an audience of 18 million.

"We're thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. "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."

Fox had great success last season bringing back The X-Files for a limited run, and the network hopes to replicate that with Prison Break, which returns on April 4 as a limited series.

NBC attempted to revive the ABC Craig T. Nelson sitcom Coach in 2015, giving it a straight-to-series order, but the network pulled the plug after seeing the first episode.

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.