Here’s How the “Will & Grace” Reboot Explained Away the Original Series Finale
Will & Grace is one of the latest TV shows enjoying a modern revival, having made its return to NBC on Thursday, September 28, 11 years after it originally went off the air. We already knew that the reboot would pretend the finale never happened, and while some fans might have been apprehensive about how they would handle it, the premiere proved we had nothing to worry about. Fair warning, there are some minor spoilers ahead!
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As a quick refresher, the OG series finale ended by jumping 20 years ahead. Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) were estranged, but reunited while dropping off their respective children (who would end up marrying each other) at college.
In the reboot, Will, Grace, Jack (Sean Hayes), and Karen (Megan Mullally) are seen playing a board game like nothing ever happened. Karen isn’t exactly in on the game, though — she’s staring off in a trance-like daze, so Jack wakes her up by shaking her pill bottle. (Classic.) She comes to, startled, asking “Who won the election?!” — then says she had the craziest dream in which Grace was married to a Jewish doctor (Leo) and that Will was with a man in uniform (Vince).
“Well, we were,” Will replies, “but we’re single now.” Karen then asks what happened to the kids they had who grew up to marry each other, but Will says that never happened. Karen replies, “Oh, what a relief. Nobody wants to see you two raise kids.” Extra classic!
In case that’s not clear enough, Jack goes all in on the joke, breaking the fourth wall by turning to the camera, winking, and saying, “Got it?”
Despite this early writing-out of Will’s ex-boyfriend Vince (Bobby Cannavale) and Grace’s ex-husband Leo (Harry Connick Jr.), we know from on-set photos that both willreturn — and based on how the premiere played out, we’re confident it’ll be handled expertly (and hilariously).
What did you think of the Will & Grace reboot premiere? Let us know @BritandCo!
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!