NBC to Air Live Episode of Tina Fey’s ‘30 Rock’

NBC says “30 Rock” is going live this fall.

The network said Friday a live episode of the comedy will air Oct. 14 and will be performed twice so that both East and West Coast viewers get to see it that way.

NBC executives told the Television Critics Association that “30 Rock” executive producers Tina Fey and Loren Michaels were approached about a live episode and were up for the challenge. Fey, the show’s star and creator, is familiar with live TV from her “Saturday Night Live” days. Michaels created and produces the show.

Alec Baldwin has hosted SNL and acted in their skits many times. He and Jane Krakowski have done a lot of Broadway. He’s been nominated for a Tony and she’s won one.

NBC has aired other live episodes like “ER” in 1997 and “Will and Grace,” but this will be the first for the Emmy-winning “30 Rock,” which is produced in New York.

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