Hulu’s New Deal with NBC for “Will & Grace” Proves it Hasn’t Forgotten About Fan Favorites.
Hulu has been making a lot of noise lately, most recently with its original series, “A Handmaids Tale,” which won an Emmy for best drama series. Not only was the award a win for SVOD services in general, proving that they can compete with the “Big Dogs” but it also solidified Hulu’s spot among Netflix and Amazon as one of the top SVOD services in the nation.
But despite the attention “A Handmaid’s Tale” has garnered, Hulu hasn’t forgotten about securing broad distribution rights with studios for the films and shows that many Americans have grown to love. The company’s latest deal with NBC for all 194-episodes of the hit series “Will & Grace,” proves just that. The deal comes one week before the shows revival on NBC, which is set to premiere on September 28.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix was also bidding for the library, with Hulu coming out on top for its willingness to share the rights.
“There’s no question that “Will & Grace” has resonated with audiences since the series made its broadcast premiere. To be able to bring such an iconic show into the streaming universe for the first time ever is an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said Joel Stillerman, chief content officer of Hulu, in a statement. “This landmark deal will allow fans to re-watch their favorite moments ahead of the series premiere, as well as bring ‘Will & Grace’ and its cast of characters to a whole new audience.”
NBC revived “Will & Grace” for a ninth season after the cast reunited for a Hillary Clinton-themed election ad. Created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and directed/executive produced by James Burrows, the revival edition has already been renewed for another season of 13 episodes.
This isn’t the first series Hulu has recently acquired. In May, the streamer landed SVOD rights to NBC’s breakout drama “This Is Us” in what is said to be a record-breaking deal. And in July, Hulu inked a wide-ranging streaming deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution for about 3,000 TV episodes. The deal is for series including “How I Met Your Mother,” “Burn Notice,” “Bones” and “Glee.”