NBC’s “30 Rock” – which achieved impressive ratings and critical acclaim with its first live episode in 2010 – goes live again on Thursday, April 26 (8:30-9 p.m. ET) from the iconic Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center in New York.
When their Kabletown bosses announce they will no longer pay for
TGS to be a live show, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin)
realize their lives will actually be easier if they shoot canned episodes fast
and cheap. Only Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer) objects, urging that nothing
can replace the communal experience of live television. He tries to convince the
TGS staff to fight for their right to be live by taking them and our audience
through a magical look back at the illustrious history of Studio 6H.
series’ first live episode was on October 14, 2010. Beth McCarthy-Miller, who
directed that episode, will return to direct the new live episode.
again, two versions of the same story will be telecast – one live for East Coast
viewers and a second for the West Coast. The first show will be telecast at
8:30-9 p.m. (ET) and the cast will perform the same episode for a new broadcast
at 11:30 p.m.-12 a.m. (ET) for the West. Central time zone viewers will be able
to see the first live show at its regular time (7:30-8 p.m. ET).
8H is the famed studio that has been the home to “Saturday Night live” and many
other memorable NBC television and radio programs.