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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. • Six weeks before the revival of "Will & Grace" premieres, NBC has ordered a second season.

With the cast and creators meeting with TV critics, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that the business matters had been taken care of and Season 2 was a done deal.

The first season also got an order for four more episodes, for a total of 16. The original plan was for only eight.

Jim Burrows, who directed every episode of "Will & Grace" for eight seasons, will be back to direct all the new episodes, creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick said.

The new "Will & Grace" debuts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.  The original ran from 1998-2006.

The first series final imagined what became of Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in the future. The revival will ignore that, asking viewers to accept that it's set sometime before that future finale.

The new series will find both Will and Grace still single, childless and living together in their New York apartment. They haven't been living together the whole time since we last saw them, however; circumstances reunite them. Jack will still be their neighbor; Karen will live in her mansion.

"It's a gift of a lifetime to be able to do this again," Hayes said.