NBC boosts order of new Will & Grace episodes

Fans of the long-dormant NBC sitcom Will & Grace will get even more chances to see the cast reunited on the network this fall.
All four original leads from TV sitcom Will & Grace, from left, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally, are returning for the revival, which has now been expanded to 12 episodes. (Reed Saxon/Associated Press)

Fans of the long-dormant NBC sitcom Will & Grace will get even more chances to see the cast reunited on the network this fall.

Deadline reports NBC has bumped its order for a revival of the series from 10 to 12 episodes.

NBC announced the series' return to its lineup in January. It originally ran from 1998 to 2006.

"This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs," NBC Entertainment chair Robert Greenblatt said at the time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

All four original leads — Toronto-born actor Eric McCormack and Americans Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally — will return for a new season. 

Debuting in 1998, Will & Grace revolved around a pair of best friends — a gay man and straight woman — living as roommates in New York. The popular, fast-paced sitcom, bolstered by colourful supporting characters, ran for eight seasons and earned 16 Emmy Awards (including awards for each of the four stars).

The revival was prompted by a 10-minute episode released online in September that urged voters to back Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. 

With files from CBC News