'30 Rock' Ready To Tackle Live TV … Again

Tina Fey

By Zachary Swickey

Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey's critically acclaimed sitcom “30 Rock” is tackling the tricky task of doing another live episode of the hit comedy show next month. Baldwin made the big reveal during his segment on “Extra” yesterday (March 21), which NBC has since confirmed.

This will be the second episode to get the live treatment. The first time around, in October 2010, the cast performed the show live twice – once for the east coast and once for the west coast.

For ratings challenged '30 Rock,' it's an experiment worth repeating: The 2010 live episode remains one of the show's most watching, pulling in 6.7 million viewers for a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Considering this season has only been getting 4 million people to tune in regularly, the second live episode, airing on April 26, will hopefully give the program the boost it needs for its current sixth season.

Of course, most the cast of “30 Rock” are already pros at the live-taping game. Stars Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan made names for themselves on “Saturday Night Live,” and Baldwin has hosted "SNL" 16 times, so he’s no schlep either. Additionally, show star Jane Krakowski is a Broadway vet, having won a Tony for her performance in the musical "Nine."

The last time “30 Rock” undertook a live taping, a slew of stars made guest appearances on the episode, including Jon Hamm, Matt Damon, “SNL” cast member Bill Hader and “Seinfeld” star Julia Louis Dreyfus, who played Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, for flashback sequences.

The live show idea initially came about during the Writer’s Guild of America strike from 2007. Fey explained to EW, saying, “We did a stage version of our show at Upright Citizens Brigade during the [2007] writers' strike," she said. "That was what made us think that it would be fun to do. And how far we've come: NBC at the time was furious that we did it. Now we're going to do it on TV. It will be exciting for us to do it for a live audience and see if we get live laughter."

We’ll have to wait until April 26 to see what big name stars lend their talents for the taping this time around as additional celeb appearances on the show have yet to be revealed.