The second run of the hit NBC show, Will & Grace, is the reboot we all deserved. First premiering way back in 1998 the Emmy Award-winning series had eight original seasons before wrapping in 2006. But after an overwhelmingly positive response to a special 9-minute election episode back in 2016, the creatives behind Will & Grace figured it was time for a reboot. They reboot has been going remarkably well, so why did the cast just announce that the upcoming season would be the last one? And was the hit show actually canceled?
Is Will & Grace Canceled
The good news is that Will & Grace did not get canceled. The bad news is that the upcoming season, which premieres in January of 2020, will be the last and final season. The cast and crew of the show came together and decided that they wanted to end the show on a high note and on their own terms. In a statement, the show’s executive producers said the following. “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.”
The cast seems to be on board with this bittersweet ending to their iconic show. On Thursday, each of them took to their respective Instagram pages to spread the news. They also took the opportunity to thank their loyal fans for their unwavering support for the past 21 years. Read on to see their touching tributes to the beloved show
Eric McCormack as Will Truman
“Well, we’re taking this one out like we brought it in: with love, laughs, gratitude… and on our own terms. Season 3 of Will & Grace (well, season 11) will be our grand finale… and it’s gonna be fantastic,” Eric McCormack said to his followers. Though he kept his announcement short and sweet, he managed to get all the fans excited about the upcoming season.
Debra Messing as Grace Adler
In direct contrast to McCormack, Debra Messing has a lengthier and more emotional message to share with her fans. (After all, what would the show be without stark opposites?) Messing really solidified that the show was not canceled, but rather the cast had chosen to end Will & Grace on their own terms. In fact, Messing surprised fans when she announced the reboot was never supposed to extend past a few episodes.
“ANNOUNCEMENT~ to the best fans IN THE WORLD, W&G fans, we wanted to tell you that this will be the last season of the Reboot. The creative team (pictured) got together and we decided it was the right time. We were so lucky to have the opportunity to reunite and do the show AGAIN. It was only supposed to be 10 episodes, but because of you, the fans, it has turned into 3 YEARS. What a miracle,” Messing gushed sweetly before thanking everyone involved in the project and assuring fans that we’d get the ending we deserve.
Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland
Of course, Sean Hayes couldn’t leave without a laugh. “What a blast it’s been reliving these characters for these three seasons. Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to entertain you. I am forever grateful. We’ll see you in 10 years for the third installment,” Hayes declared, joking about a reboot of the reboot in the future. Hey, never say never; we never thought we’d get three more seasons of Will & Grace, yet here we are.
Megan Mullally as Karen Walker
Rounding out the fantastic four was Megan Mullay, who played everyone’s favorite drunk. She gave validation to fans’ feelings of sadness but assured us that all good things must come to an end. “All things must pass, and the Will & Grace television program is no exception. we’ve decided to end the show after this 3rd revival season… i know, it’s very sad! we’ll miss you! the 3rd and final season of #willandgrace will begin airing on NBC January 2020, so don’t miss out. lots of love and huge thanks to you from everyone at Will & Grace,” Mullally wrote.
The final season
While we’re sad to see this show reach its conclusion, we’re happy that it wasn’t canceled. Choosing to end the show on their own terms, the creators involved with the show will be able to give us a fantastic and hilarious final storyline that will carry us through the next couple of decades.