Seinfeld heads to the Rock

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Jerry Seinfeld hasn't exactly been in the public eye much since his departure from Seinfeld in 1998. The comedian ruled television in the 1990s with his eponymous sitcom, but has since removed himself from the entertainment industry for the most part, living the quiet life of collecting Porsches and young girlfriends.

At the Television Critics Association press tour currently under way in Los Angeles, NBC exec Ben Silverman revealed that Jerry would be coming back to the network...for one night, at least.

Seinfeld will appear in the season-two premiere of 30 Rock, the Thursday-night comedy starring Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, and Alec Baldwin. The comedian will play himself in the show, and ruffle the feathers of the resident network executive (Baldwin).

"I was thrilled to be asked to guest star on NBC's hit comedy 30 Rock," said Seinfeld in a statement. "I think it's going to be so refreshing for me to be playing myself in a show that has nothing to do with neurotic, dysfunctional New York characters."

Seinfeld will also buzz around NBC with "minisodes" based on his upcoming film Bee Movie. The shorts will be played on NBC and NBC.com to help market the film.

30 Rock returns for its second season on October 4. For more information, read TV.com's previous coverage.