When the hit sitcom concluded after nine seasons in the 2006 finale, McCormack’s character had a son with his partner, Vincent (played by Bobby Cannavale), while Messing was married to Leo (portrayed by Harry Connick Jr.) and raising a daughter.
“When the decision was made to bring the series back, we were like, ‘Well, we left them with kids, right?’ executive producer/creator David Kohan told Entertainment Weekly in an August 2 interview. “And if they have children, then it has to be about them being parents, ‘cause presumably it would be a priority in their lives. And if it wasn’t a priority in their lives, then they’re still parents, they’re just bad parents, right? We frankly did not want to see them being either good parents or bad parents. We wanted them to be Will and Grace.”
“They’ve always been successful at life and living,” executive producer/creator Max Mutchnick added to ET of their decision to make the characters single. “It’s relationships that Will and Grace have always had the trouble with, and they still do.”
Will & Grace premieres on Thursday, Sept. 28 on NBC at 9/8c.
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