Love is in the air in Season 2 of “Will & Grace.” Grace will hook up with an indignant social-media influencer named Noah (David Schwimmer). A studly news anchor (Matt Bomer) will try to seduce Will (Eric McCormack). Jack (Sean Hayes) is still engaged to Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez). Will’s mom (Blythe Danner) and Grace’s dad (Robert Klein) will get married. Just don’t expect any of it to last.
“We always say love stories are always over after the kiss, so I don’t think that we really want to settle anybody down,” Max Mutchnick recently told The Post during a phone interview from LA alongside fellow series co-creator David Kohan. “If they didn’t have problems or conflicts or weren’t looking for love, what would we have to write about?”
Mutchnick and Kohan also weighed in on the show’s political bent, getting Schwimmer for a guest role, and Karen’s (Megan Mullally) pending singledom.
Is there an overarching theme for the new season?
Kohan: I guess relationships, the comings and goings. Romance.
Mutchnick: We are trying to move [the characters]forward. Like last year was, “OK, we’re back and can still do what we used to do and hope you enjoy it.” This year it’s, “We are all this age and let’s see what comes into our lives at this point.”
Will this season be as filled with Trump jokes?
Kohan: It will be topical, but not really, as far as Trump stuff. Because there’s so much craziness happening on a daily basis, by the time this is released it’s weeks later. The best stuff is already being done on a nightly basis or at least on a weekly basis with Bill Maher, John Oliver, the late shows and “Saturday Night Live.” We can’t match them for topicality.
Mutchnick: We’re just concentrating on the characters and less on what’s happening in the world of politics.
How did you land Schwimmer as Grace’s love interest?
Mutchnick: Dave and I went to high school with him. We created this character that was very much not Ross from “Friends.” He’s this curmudgeon; if you’re going to write a guy like that, you need someone credibly likeable.
Kohan: We also needed somebody who could match the four actors onstage, who are that proficient in this particular medium and this particular craft. They really are so good that you don’t want to bring somebody in who can’t hold their own. Schwimmer was up to the task and we knew he very much wanted to play someone who was not in the same mold as Ross. It seemed like a good fit.
Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland in the season premiere of “Will & Grace.”Chris Haston/NBC
Jack doesn’t seem like the relationship type. How rocky will things get with his fiancé?
Mutchnick: Rocky! We try a little bit of everything. In the very first episode Jack has to FaceTime with Estefan’s family to meet them for the first time and something goes terribly wrong. Because we have such a gift with Sean Hayes, we are able to do basically anything that we can think up that this guy can play. We get some of the best physical comedy out of him in the first episode that we’ve seen in maybe ever.
Kohan: Then in the second episode is this idea that forever and permanence and marriage is beginning to freak him out a little bit.
One character on your show who’s not lucky in love is Karen. She learns that her husband, Stan, wants to divorce her. How does she react and how will she change as a single person?
Kohan: She’s blindsided.
Mutchnick: It’s not like Karen’s going to change that much. Emotionally she’s going to change, but a lot of what makes Karen Karen are booze, pills and money — and those three things stay exactly as they are.
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