A 30 Rock reunion is lastly taking place. Kind of. In the wake of that Parks and Recreation reunion particular earlier this yr (though it feels prefer it’s been many years since that aired), NBC introduced right this moment that the solid of 30 Rock shall be reprising their iconic roles for a first-of-its-kind all-audience upfront occasion on NBC.
Traditionally, Upfronts are primarily a press affair throughout which the varied networks showcase their upcoming new exhibits and parade the expertise of stated exhibits in entrance of the media, earlier than the autumn TV season begins. The media then writes up its first impressions and interviews solid and crew of the brand new exhibits.
This yr, nonetheless, the NBC Upfronts will truly be offered to audiences on TV and on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock. On Thursday, July 16th at 8/7c, Beloved characters from 30 Rock together with Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) and extra will return for the one-time occasion to “celebrate the stories and talent featured in NBCUniversal’s 2020-21 television season.”
“We’re all happy to have this excuse to (remotely) work together again for NBC,” stated Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Executive Producers, 30 Rock. “To quote Kenneth the Page, there are only two things we love in this world, television and everyone.”
“At NBCUniversal, we’re excited to produce an Upfront that reflects a new reality and celebrates our relationship with viewers and advertisers alike,” stated Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising & Partnerships, NBCUniversal. “Historically, this event is about the future of programming; this year, it’s about the future of our industry—a future where we can meet audiences wherever they are, with the stories that move them. As the old saying goes… when life hands you Lemon, have her host the Upfront!”
“We put our fans first in everything we do at NBCUniversal, so of course our audiences are at the heart of our reimagined Upfront experience,” stated Josh Feldman, Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing & Advertising Creative, NBCUniversal. “This very special 30 Rock event will bring together video, advertising, and humor to show the world the power of One Platform in a whole new way.”
The occasion will air on NBC after which shall be rebroadcast throughout USA Network, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, and CNBC in addition to out there to stream on Peacock on Friday, July 17th at 9/8c.
One imagines the 30 Rock reunion shall be shot from the respective actors’ houses, and it’ll be fascinating to see how they thread the needle between the return of those beloved characters (as written by Fey and Carlock) and selling new and returning TV exhibits. Could be, uh, a tough match.
NBC’s fall schedule was unveiled earlier right this moment and it’s relatively skinny, as networks are adjusting to life within the age of a pandemic. It’s unclear precisely when productions will resume, and so the upcoming NBC schedule is principally anchored by the return of Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler within the new sequence Law & Order: Organized Crime.
If anybody can have some meta enjoyable with a state of affairs like this, nonetheless, it’s the characters from 30 Rock.