TEN has now sent through details of its plans to replace Friends with Will and Grace from 7pm next Monday.
It will begin with Series Two, episode one “Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner.”
Formerly a Seven Network sitcom, and currently airing on Pay TV, this is the first time the comedy will air on TEN.
The comedy starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally ran from 1998 – 2006. As a “millennial Odd Couple” it began as something of a response to the political and social climate of Clinton’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. While Will was open with his sexuality, many noted he was unable to sustain a relationship for many years while barely managing as much as a smooch. That helped win over viewers, who were still coming to terms with Ellen’s outing.
But the show clearly connected with audiences on a purely comic level and was one of several “classic” studio / multicam sitcoms that ended in the mid 2000’s (apologies to Charlie Sheen).
Of particular note was the fact that ever single episode was directed by James Burrows.
It airs on TEN from 7pm Monday Oct 27.