Live season premiere for Will & Grace

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NBC's Emmy-nominated comedy Will & Grace will kick off its final season with two live broadcasts, a separate one for the Eastern and Pacific time zones. The series was recently nominated for 15 Emmys.

Series cocreator Max Mutchnick said the writers of the show will be making changes to the script right up until air time, lending the premiere an exciting topicality. "We're going to have some very topical material," he said. Mutchnick, who created and executive-produces the show with David Kohan, also promised that there will be "a surprise element within the live telecast."

Powerhouse sitcom director James Burrows will also be on hand for the broadcast. "This will be like the classic golden era of television that I was weaned on, where the audience sees everything," he said. "Directing a live broadcast will be a first for me, and as long as I have been in the business, there are very few firsts."

If the live telecast isn't reason enough to tune in, the premiere will also guest-star Eric Stoltz and Alec Baldwin. Talk about a Golden Era!

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