With so many writers and actors who graduate from the school of Saturday Night Live being a part of NBC’s Emmy nominated comedy series 30 Rock, it was only a matter of time before the show (which is actually based inside of a fictional sketch show similar to SNL) decided to go for a live broadcast. Today brought the official announcement from NBC’s press tour for the Television Critics Association which sets a live broadcast episode to air during the show’s fifth season on October 14th. If the live episode focuses on the live broadcast of an episode of the fictional live sketch show TGS with Tracy Jordan within 30 Rock then we’re in for some next level, Inception-type mind tricks (but with more laughs). More details after the jump.
Of course, with the time difference between the East and West Coast, live broadcasts can be tricky. So the cast and crew of 30 Rock is rectifying this problem by doing the live broadcast not once, but twice so that the episode will be live at both ends of the United States and everywhere in the middle. Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan are just a couple of the the 30 Rock gang who have had ample live television experience on SNL, and even Alec Baldwin is no stranger to the pressures of live TV having hosted the staple sketch comedy show a whopping 15 times to date, not to mention hosting the Oscars with Steve Martin earlier this year. 30 Rock follows in the footsteps of series like ER, The Drew Carey Show and Will & Grace who have had their own live broadcast episodes previously. 30 Rock is one of the best comedy series on television today, and I can’t wait to see how this live episode pans out.