Television continues to hungrily devour its own tail: According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is in the early stages of rebooting Will & Grace.
Created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, the sitcom ran on the network from 1998 to 2006 and centered around the friendship between a gay man, Will Truman (Eric McCormack), and a straight woman, Grace Adler (Debra Messing). The news of a potential revival—THR reports that a 10-episode limited run could be in the works—comes after original stars McCormack, Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes reunited for an election-themed video released last month.
Will & Grace was a good show in its time. A great show, even! Not only was it nominated for 83 Emmy Awards, winning a total of 16, but its openly gay major characters were a landmark for LGBT representation and normalization in American culture. But what will it have to say in 2016? Based on this Trump video—in which Grace charmingly quips that Mexicans and Salvadorans are interchangeable—I’m not exactly convinced these characters are ready to make the jump.
It’s obvious why a Will & Grace reboot is an attractive prospect to executives—it’s a proven property with a built-in fanbase, which is to say $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. But maybe, like a mosquito trapped in amber, this show is a beautiful relic of the past for us to admire and occasionally watch in syndication—not something we should let loose into the present day, lest it start making all kinds of fun racist jokes.
Can’t wait to continue to explore the queer American experience through the eyes of rich white people!