This decade has been the era of the reboot. Everything from films to TV shows to even old promo ads for products have been coming back in a big way. The nostalgia that is felt for those things that were loved in the 1980’s and 90’s has never really gone away and millennials seem to want their favorite parts of their childhood to come rushing back no matter what. Among them, Will & Grace, a popular TV show that was showcasing gay culture in a way that was quite inoffensive and considered to be very humorous by many. The problem with this is that while the show was successful it is also somewhat dated at this point. That shouldn’t stop the studio from making it popular again, right?
Be that as it may, here’s a few reasons why we might need to pass on Will & Grace.
It won’t be the same show it once was.
Does anyone remember how the show ended in the first place? Will and Grace’s respective children grew up, went to college, and got married to one another, thereby cementing Will and Grace as friends once again after years of being apart. Karen hadn’t changed, and seriously neither had Jack really, so it would almost be like attempting to revamp the same show amidst a host of life changes that could end up rewriting the show entirely. The show was quirky and popular because it was something new and enticing during its own time. Since then the actors have all moved on to different projects and revealed that they either do or do not have much of a range. Trying to rehash this show is going to take a monumental effort when it comes to interesting a new and younger crowd, and there’s not much to say that Will and Grace still have that capability.
Nostalgia notwithstanding, there aren’t a lot of directions left to go with this show.
You can say that Will and Grace kind of got played out during their eight seasons. They explored a vast array of emotions and feelings between each other, and went through a host of issues that were eventually resolved. The story arcs for each character have been so well wrought and planned out that giving them a reboot seems to almost tarnish the show as it was. This is one of the prime cases of needing to leave a show alone once it’s had a successful run.
Seriously, make Karen age.
Her one explanation for not aging at all throughout the years is simply “money”. In the TV world that might work, but given that Will, Grace, and even Jack to some degree, have all aged at this point, the limits of plastic surgery need to be revealed as well. The ageless pill-popping booze-hound needs to at least show a few notable wrinkles and sags to make the series a little more appealing and create a sense of realism that might lend it a little more credibility.
You might be excited for this reboot and that’s great, to each their own. For some of us though, the show needs to stay the way it was when the final curtain dropped.