30 Rock set to return to NBC for an Upfront special

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

30 Rock, Upfront, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

Reunion specials appear to be growing on trees ever since the coronavirus pandemic decided to hold the world in its gnarled grasp, and now we have word that 30 ROCK is returning for a remotely produced Upfront special.

The special, which is set to air on Thursday, July 16 at 8 PM, will be an hour-long, commercial-free affair, and will feature the return of original cast members Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer, in addition to others. If you're unable to attend the special's July 16 launch, fear not, because the reunion will be rebroadcast across USA Network, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Syfy and CNBC as well as available to stream on Peacock on Friday, July 17 at 9 PM.

“We’re all happy to have this excuse to (remotely) work together again for NBC,” said Fey and Robert Carlock, the executive producers of 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,” said 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,” said Josh Feldman, EVP, 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.”

30 ROCK originally aired on NBC from October 2006-January 2013. The series revolves around Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), who serves as head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan." During her day-to-day, Lemon is forced to match wits with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful television show without losing her mind.

In the past, 30 ROCK has received a raft of awards for its comedic prowess and lampooning of sketch comedy pillars like Saturday Night Live, including 16 Emmys including three in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series; seven Golden Globes; 22 guild Awards among SAG, WGA, DGA and PGA; as well as Image, Peabody and AFI Awards. (via Deadline)

Will you be tuning in for NBC's 30 ROCK reunion special? Who's your favorite character from the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Deadline

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