Will & Grace may be next on the TV revival roster

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Riding on a wave of nostalgia, US TV seems to be reviving one by one its former hit shows still loved by fans. Comedy series Will & Grace, starring Debra Messing and Eric McCormack, could be next on the list.

Could the two friends and New York roommates be set to return to NBC? Discussions are reportedly underway, according to Variety and Tvline, after the cast was reunited in September for a very special episode.

Messing, McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes all star as their original Will & Grace characters – Grace Adler, Will Truman, Karen Walker and Jack McFarland, respectively – in a short (around 10 minutes) video supporting Hillary Clinton’s US presidential election campaign. Their reunion clip has been viewed more than six million times online and could, it seems, have given everyone ideas.

Will & Grace ran from 1998 to 2006 on NBC, following the lives of Will, a lawyer, and his friend and roommate Grace, an interior designer, both of whom are looking for love. The series became a cult show and scooped 16 Emmy Awards over its eight seasons. NBC clearly has plenty of reasons to revive it.

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Over the last few years, US TV networks have jumped onboard the revival trend in a major way. Netflix has already brought Arrested Development and Full House back to screens and has a Gilmore Girls revival in store for Nov 25.

Fox has brought back The X-Files and CBS has just relaunched MacGyver. The trend looks set to continue into 2017, with new episodes of Twin Peaks coming to Showtime. Fox has announced a Prison Break revival, while Knight Rider and Star Trek are both being rebooted on online streaming sites.

Certain other cult series are also the subject of comeback rumours, but with no further details. Will Smith is reportedly trying to relaunch his 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, modernising it with new characters. ABC is apparently keen to bring back agent Sydney Bristow, formerly played by Jennifer Garner in the series Alias. – AFP Relaxnews

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