“Will & Grace,” which received a series-high 15 Emmy nominations this month, will begin its eighth and final season with a live premiere.
The season debut is set for Thursday, Sept. 29, NBC said Friday. Two versions of the episode are planned for the night; one live to the East Coast and a second done live for the West Coast.
Alec Baldwin and Eric Stoltz are scheduled to guest star.
“We love the idea of a live episode because we get to show the audience of `Will & Grace’ what we’ve known from day one we work with the best cast in network television,” series creators and executive producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick said in a statement.
In last season’s finale, Grace (Debra Messing) contemplated an affair with a married man (Stoltz).
The series’ Emmy nominations included best comedy series. The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 18.