Tina Fey is returning to her roots to bring her scripted NBC series back to the top of the comedic television hierarchy. Since the relative antics of
Modern Family and musical numbers of
Glee have infringed on
30 Rock’s untouchable top comedy spot, Fey is using her
Saturday Night Live experience to do a live episode of the Emmy-winning show. "For a couple of years we talked about the idea of trying to do a live show, because we felt we had sort of interesting personnel for it," Fey,
30 Rock’s star and executive producer, explained of veteran
SNL host Alec Baldwin, fellow alum Tracy Morgan, Broadway actress Jane Krakowski, and improv comedian Jack McBrayer. After the infamous TV writer’s strike lead to a live benefit performance of
30 Rock, Fey and co. decided to give it a go—twice (once for the East coast and once for the West). "I think we'll probably try different jokes, but the two versions will be the same basic story and cast and everything," Fey explains. Count us in for both—thanks, Internets!
30 Rock’s live episode airs Thursday, October 14 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.