Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick return to TV with a new gay sitcom. Variety is reporting that ABC has greenlighted a new comedy by the duo.

The untitled project revolves around two best friends and business partners, one gay and one straight, whose friendship is tested when they both become seriously involved in relationships at the same time.

Kohan & Mutchnick are best know for creating the hit NBC sitcom Will & Grace which ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. The show revolved around the friendship of Grace Adler, a straight interior designer, and Will Truman, a gay lawyer. Grace's assistant Karen Walker, also a rich socialite, would often display bisexual tendencies. Will's best friend - singer, dancer, actor, nurse, TV host, executive Jack McFarland - was also gay.

Mixed sexual preference friendships might come easy to the writing pair as they mirror their own relationship – Kohan is straight and Mutchnick is gay. Kohan and Mutchnick have been friends since attending Beverly Hills High School.

Lovable characters find their entangled lives complicated by AIDS in 1984 Paris in André Téchiné's The Witnesses (Les Témoins), a 2007 Berlin International Film Festival official selection.

Witnesses offers us not the politics of AIDS, nor is it a documentary about the disease, it is more about the human aspects of AIDS – the grief, lives altered. We ultimately bear witness to the dawn of AIDS in France, the horrific early years. Witnesses would say we emerge stronger for the experience.

Of the three gay characters none is a cliché. In the movie's press notes Téchiné says of that decision, “I can never accept that a character be reduced to his or her sexual orientation. Withdrawing behind an identity is very dangerous... Everyone is a person in their own right and it is no more a variant of homosexuality than heterosexuality.”

Reviewers have praised Witnesses. Boston Globe film reviewer Wesley Morris called the film, “...Téchiné's best film since 1998's superb Alice Et Martin, and 1994's even better Wild Reeds.”

The Witnesses is playing nationwide in select theaters.