News Briefs: 30 Rock Is Doing It Live Again

By Tim Surette

Mar 22, 2012


... NBC's 30 Rock will throw the VCRs out the window for an episode in April and do it live! The comedy did a pair of live episodes in its fifth season (one for each coast), which were met with generally favorable reviews. Look for stutters and awkward cuts on April 26. [EW]


... Syfy's latest Battlestar Galactica telemovie will stay just that. Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, which told the story of young William Adama, was originally pitched as a movie that could function as a pilot and turn into a series, but Syfy has opted to pass on the series part. However, the network may continue Blood and Chrome as a web series, meaning it can afford to use actual toasters in place of CGI Cylons. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Fox's I Hate My Teenage Daughter received a death sentence last week when Fox decided to pull the show from its schedule starting in early April and burn off the rest of the episodes during the summer. But it should have just ripped off the band-aid/broken up with the show/put the series out of its misery right then and there, because the "comedy" continued to be a stain on the face of television last night. Today the network moved up the show's end date by yanking it from the schedule NOW. Repeats of Raising Hope will take its spot in Fox's Tuesday night comedy block. [Deadline Hollywood]


... DirecTV is moving into original programming with the pickup of Rogue, a drama about a female undercover cop who takes on gangsters after her son is killed. Thandie Newton will star. But I still don't know if these are Goodfellas gangsters, Boyz N Da Hood gangsters, or some other form of gangster from some other movie. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hey Netflix can do this original programming thing, too. The video-on-demand service has picked up Hemlock Grove, a horror series about murder and monsters in Pennsylvania. It comes from Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), will star Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard, and be available on Netflix in early 2013. [Post Gazette]


... Eriq La Salle (ER) is returning to TV in CBS' The Widow Detective, which I still can't type without laughing. In the show, about a detective that fulfills various roles to three families of his deceased partners, La Salle will play a cop buddy of... The Widow Detective! Hee hee. [THR]

... Reno 911's Thomas Lennon might be moving in with Jess! New Girl has cast Lennon in the season finale as a potential new roommate after Nick contemplates moving in with his girlfriend. Don't upset the ecosystem! [TV Guide]

... Jere Burns and Kristanna Loken will both return to USA's Burn Notice in Season 6. They'll reprise their roles as Anson and Rebecca, respectively. [EW]

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  • jekyll Mar 27, 2012

    As long as the episodes are good, live or recorded really doesn't matter. It's just nice to see shows willing to take chances, since live opens up a can of worms. And since 30 Rock can pretty much do no wrong, it'll be great again.

  • JT_Kirk Mar 23, 2012

    30 Rock's live episode was a cute one-off, but the gimmick was sold partly by Jack's abstaining from drinking altering his perceptions of the world around him, and thus were the audience's eyes. They barely got away with it, using a lot of cheap SNL tactics to get past the weakness of doing it that way. I don't think they'll be able to pull it off again.

    What, Anson will be back on Burn Notice for the season finale? Who would have guessed? Oh, ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN WATCHING.

  • misslee022884 Mar 23, 2012

    I kind of hated 30 Rock's live episode...

  • KevinG87 Mar 23, 2012

    I actually kind of liked I Hate My Teenage Daughter, the pilot was meh but it's gradually gotten better... better than Fox Sunday nights and reruns atleast.

    All these Battlestar Galactica spinoff prequel things are getting annoying, I liked the "original" series but I don't want to see anything about the past when we already know what's going to happen. Should've saved your money, Syfy, and finished Eureka off properly.

  • Writerpatrick Mar 22, 2012

    Battlestar Galactica is over. It's dead and so is the interest in it. It ended with the end of the TV series and people no longer have any interest in the story. That's why Caprica failed. People don't want to watch a show knowing that almost everyone dies at the end.

  • BarryDalton Mar 25, 2012

    I loved Battlestar Galactica but the ending was horrible, definitely in "Lost" territory. But i disagree about the Caprica. I hated that show. It was so boring. They try to merge it was a family/teen drama which was just a piss poor decision. I love syfy spinoffs. But making it that the Cylon was actually a teenage girl? How much drugs were those writers snorting?

  • adamonfire Mar 22, 2012

    The only decent live sitcom was done by The Drew Carey Show. If I'm watching 30 Rock in syndication and one of the live episodes are on, I usually change the channel. Horrible idea.

  • BarryDalton Mar 22, 2012

    i really loathe "live" sitcom episodes

  • herropreez14 Mar 22, 2012

    noooooo 30 rocks live episode was the worst episode this show has ever done. if tina fey wanted to do this crap she should have stayed on SNL

  • Loooooooooooost Mar 22, 2012

    Oh no, Thandi. Not a DIRECTV original series!! That is just not a good career move. Love Lennon and love New Girl, so I like this news. And TV needs more Jere Burns in it.

  • torque_smacky Mar 22, 2012

    I didn't like the live 30 Rock much because I thought the laughing from the studio audience ruined it. It's not "laugh track" kind of humor. I'm not enthused that they're doing this again.

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