Over and out

End in sight for Will & Grace

Will & Grace is likely to end within two years, one of its creators has revealed.

The news will add fuel to stories about the death of the traditional sitcom on American TV following the end of Friends, Frasier and Sex And The City.

After seven series,the award-winning show has established itself as NBC’s top-rated sitcom – and  Channel 4’s most popular US comedy import.

But co-creator Max Mutchnick said today: “I would think nine seasons is certainly enough.

“When we first wrote the thing, [we said] it can't be more than six seasons because you hope these characters move on in life. But it becomes a machine, it becomes bigger than you are.”

He told Media Guardian that he hoped the show would end on a happy note for the lovelorn main characters – gay lawyer Will Truman and his former girlfriend, Grace Adler.

"I hope that when it does end, it ends because everybody's fallen in love. That's the good and the bad of the show. It can keep going until they all meet 'the one'," he said.

Mr Mutchnick added that the biggest obstacle he co-creator David Kohan encountered in launching the sitcom was from NBC’s marketing department, who doubted American viewers would accept a gay central character.

Published: 2 Aug 2004

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