We don't know how they are going to out-do last year's, but if anyone can, it's 30 Rock!
The series will be airing its second live show tomorrow night on NBC, and its creator/star Tina Fey took time away from rehearsals to drop some hints as to what exactly will be going down for Liz Lemon and company, as well as potential guest stars…and why live TV is still important!
NBC asked us if we would consider doing another one and we were like, “Yeah. Sure.” It’s still a lot of work, and I’m sure we’ll have some moments in the next couple of days that are harrowing of like, “Wait, how long is it?” But I think we’re definitely excited to be asked to do it again.
No Liz Banks. No James Marsden — that I can tell you. [But] there will be some very exciting cameos, some friends of comedy, some friends of 30 Rock. Also, you’ll get to see our people do some things they don’t usually get to do. The basic premise of the episode is that Kabletown has decided that they don’t want to do TGS live anymore. They want to do it more on a sort of syndicated, Tyler Perry-model where they just make a hundred of them in two days. Liz is like, ‘Alright.’ Basically, everyone is like, ‘Okay. Great.’ — except for Kenneth because he is pure of heart and pure of television. So he spends the episode trying to convince us that live TV is important and that the studio, itself, has a history that has to be respected.
I liked the idea for the episode a lot because I think it makes sense for an episode that you’re doing live and to do it here in 8H which does have kind of an amazing history back from Toscanini through Saturday Night Live. It seems to make sense and it is at a time when people are always asking if broadcast TV is dying. The one thing that does seem to matter to people are things that are events — like the live results show of The Voice. People do still do want that communal experience.
So true! There's something about the energy and excitement that comes with live TV that's so appealing!
Probably just the knowledge that ANYTHING could happen at any moment!
Either way, we're PSYCHED!
And we can't wait to see what you've got in store for us, gurl!
And check out some spoilers from Tina on the upcoming season finale…
We shot it already. We’ll see the return of Liz Banks and the return of Mary Steenburgen. That’s awkward because Jack tried to bone both of them. James Marsden’s back. Hopefully, what we’ll be seeing is some good stuff to set our characters up for next year. It’s not a cliffhanger. We leave them where we leave them, but it’s not a cliffhanger.
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