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Watch: New Trailer Reveals 'Will & Grace' Going Out with a... Baby?

by Kilian Melloy
Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

A newly-released trailer for the eleventh and final season of "Will & Grace" spills some pretty hot tea with the revolution that one of the main characters is expecting a bundle of joy.

The original eight-season run of the groundbreaking comedy stretched for 1998 to 2006 and followed the mishaps and comic adventures of four friends: Openly gay Will Truman, played by Eric McCormack; his roommate, Grace, played by Debra Messing; Jack McFarland, a college friend of Will's and also openly gay; and Karen Walker, played by Megan Mullally.

The show came back for a ninth season in 2017, after the cast reunited for a special short in 2016 in which they urged American voters to turn out at the ballot box. That short reunion proved so popular that the comedy was brought back despite the eleven-year gap, joining other old favorites that had found new life after long breaks such as "The X Files" (on Fox) and "Arrested Development" (which Netflix resurrected).

The new season was originally planned for release in 2020 but now had been moved up for an Oct. 24 premiere, reports TV Line. The new season will take the 9:30 p.m. slot currently occupied by now-canceled sitcom "Sunnyside."

In the trailer, Grace shocks her friends with the news of her midlife pregnancy. The preview shows the responses of the others, meshing the twin themes of new life with age and mortality, with Will realizing that when Grace's baby is as old as he is, he will probably be dead. Jack tosses a comic insult at Grace, saying, "You're trying to cook a baby in an old 1970s Easy Bake, lady." And Grace is presented with a tiny denim jacket that is intended as a baby gift, she quips, "That is never going to fit you."

At one point, discussing her pregnancy with another woman on the subway, Grace interrupts the woman's question "Aren't you a little - " with a cry of, "Old??!"

Grace then tearfully answers the query:

"YES!!"

"Will & Grace" is seen as having helped educated a new generation of Americans about the lives of LGBTQ people. During the show's original run, and in the years after, sexual minorities made rapid strides toward full legal equality and many outdated, erroneous notions about non-heterosexuals largely fell by the wayside.

All of those gains are now under threat in America, primarily from the current presidential administration. Foresight around that unfortunate development was seemingly a driving factor in the initial 2016 reunion short.

The new season will comprise 18 episodes.

Watch the trailer below.


Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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