Will & Grace, a popular American sitcom from 1998, is set to return on NBC on September 28. One week prior to the telecast, Hulu and NBC will jointly stream the entire eight-season for the first time on their app.
The entire 194 episode will be available on the NBC and Hulu app on demand through cable, satellite and streaming bundle providers. The eight episodes will be available for viewers one week ahead of the formal telecast on NBC.
Joel Stillerman, Hulu’s chief content officer said, “There’s no question that Will & Grace has resonated with audiences since the series made its broadcast premier. To be able to bring such an iconic show into the streaming universe for the first time ever is an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
The landmark deal will enable fans to re-watch their favorite moments ahead of the series premier. This will also introduce the popular sitcom to a whole new audience.
While the iconic American series is awaiting its premier, NBC has already ordered a second season which consists of 13 episodes. Will & Grace’s original run was from 1998 to 2006.
The original series of Will & Grace received 83 Emmy nominations and 16 wins, including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2000.
This is the second time in four months that NBC and Hulu have shared streaming rights to broadcast one of the network’s biggest series. In May, the companies announced to offer streaming to all seasons of This Is Us, an American comedy-drama series.
On Sunday, Hulu made headlines when it became the first streaming service to win an Emmy for outstanding drama series, The Handmaid’s Tale, which received eight awards in all. Earlier today, Hulu announced it had signed Sean Penn to star in The First, an upcoming drama created by Beau Willimon, an American playwright who created the popular Netflix series ‘House of Cards.’