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Last Updated: Friday, 30 September 2005, 08:00 GMT 09:00 UK
Will and Grace shown live in US
Will and Grace
Will and Grace was first broadcast in the US in 1998
An episode of sitcom Will and Grace has been performed and broadcast live in the US, with no mishaps.

The first episode of the eighth and final series of Will and Grace was performed live twice, for viewers in eastern and western America.

Apart from an attack of the giggles by stars Debra Messing, who plays Grace, and Sean Hayes, who plays Jack, the live show went ahead with no problems.

Episodes of US hospital drama ER and UK soap The Bill have been broadcast live.

Cameo role

Thursday night's Will and Grace episode also saw Eric McCormack, who stars as Will, kiss Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin in a cameo role.

The half-hour show centred on the discovery that the husband of Karen, played by Megan Mullally, was not dead after all.

In 2003 actress Messing picked up an Emmy award for her role as uptight interior designer Grace, best friend of gay lawyer Will.

The NBC series began in 1998 and is broadcast in the UK on Living TV and Channel 4.

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