Whether or not fans loved 30 Rock’s last 100 percent live show (one for the East Coast and one for the West Coast), it’s undeniable that morphing the show’s spastic pace into a SNL-style format is pretty incredible. It’s hard work, so it’s puzzling that the series is set on doing it all over again.
While defending the rights of the carriage horses in New York’s Central Park as part of his work with Peta, series star Alec Baldwin confirmed that the NBC show will in fact bring a live show to the small screen on April 26. “So watch Thursday night, April 26 on 30 Rock,” he told Extra. As to why the series opted to do another live show, Baldwin didn’t provide context, but it’s not too hard to figure out.
In 2011, the 30 Rock live show boosted the show’s viewership by 48 percent. And with the NBC series experience all-time lows in its last two timeslots (8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) against ratings hogs The Big Bang Theory and American Idol, 30 Rock certainly has cause to give its viewership a little push.
The live-show will be a last hurrah for the cast, as they will have wrapped the taped episodes for the season by the time they perform live. Are you excited for the live show, round two?