Fans of the hit show Will & Grace, which ran from 1998-2006, might just get their wish for a reboot fulfilled in 2017: rumors that the NBC sitcom will return with fresh episodes are heating up. But the cast and crew may eventually regret revisiting their iconic characters.
Ever since the show’s stars reunited last year to bash Donald Trump in a short video that went viral, there’s been buzz about bringing the show back from the programming grave. Recently, co-star Leslie Jordan confirmed that a new batch of episodes was on the way. Grace herself, Debra Messing, cautioned that no deal had been signed . . . yet.
It’s still likely to happen. After all, we’ve seen beloved shows like Gilmore Girls, The X-Files and, later this year, Twin Peaks, rise from the ashes. Why not Will & Grace?
The show, about the bond between a gay man (Eric McCormack) and his straight pal (Messing) wasn’t just another frothy sitcom. Will & Grace played a small but important role in the fight for gay marriage. Just ask Vice President Joe Biden, who credited the show with changing a few hearts and minds on same-sex marriage.
He was right.
But times have changed, and the Left has found effective ways to weaponize political correctness. The reception to the biting humor that Will & Grace was known for might be different in 2017 than it was when the show ended in 2006—that long-ago time before “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” took over college campuses. Today, reboots of movies like Ghostbusters are supposed to promote politically correct messages (Girl Power!) and comedians aren’t supposed to offend audiences.
Here’s how that might play out with Will & Grace 2.0:
Remember Jack, the wild child played by Sean Hayes? What if his flamboyant personality is suddenly deemed too “stereotypically gay?” He’ll be asked to adapt to modern times, to forget his comic DNA and deliver a more “responsible” performance.
Or consider Karen, played with pitch perfect timing by Megan Mullally. Her rich character was a hoot back then. Now, after the Occupy Wall Street movement and the assault on the 1 percent, it won’t be so funny to hear her flaunt her privilege.
Mullally’s character actually threw her support behind Trump in that ten-minute reunion video from late last year. Could the series keep that sort of storyline alive without liberals demanding the show stop “normalizing” the President? (Karen’s frequent boozing also might be a no-no in our PC age).
The show will also face pressure to get political . . . fast. The original series was goofy fun, not political harangue. It endeared millions to gay characters, but it did so in a humorous, understated fashion. That may not be acceptable to viewers in 2017. Some will demand it take a stand against President Trump early and often. Others will insist other gay-friendly (or transgender) themes receive the full politically correct treatment.
You might even say the PC backlash against Will & Grace has already arrived. Time magazine attacked the reunion video shortly after it went viral late last year: “Its apparent belief that because it had two gay men in its four-member ensemble, it got a pass on rude racial humor encompasses the whole run of the show, and was unfortunate,” Time declared, noting that “the style of say-everything racial and sexual humor the show gleefully took part in feels out-of-touch today.” Well, it does if you’re concerned with being more politically correct than funny.
It wouldn’t be the first rebooted show to suffer such condemnation. The return of Gilmore Girls sparked outrage on the Left shortly after its Netflix-based premiere. You’d think a show focusing on a tight mother-daughter relationship wouldn’t get pelted as a racist, body-shaming exercise on both social media and pearl-clutching web sites. You’d be wrong.
Conservatives used to bear the brunt of the Social Justice Warriors’ fire. Not anymore. Now, anyone is fair game, even ardent leftists like Amy Schumer, whose jokes have been called racist, and Tina Fey, whose sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been accused of trafficking in racist stereotypes.
So if a Will & Grace reboot is in the works, let this serve as a warning to the writers and producers and actors on the show: You have a lot more to fear from the Left’s effort to censor in the name of political correctness than you do from a Trump administration.