'30 Rock' live: Not for the heavily medicated, says Tina Fey

30-RockImage Credit: Art Streiber/NBCLive, from New York, it’s… Thursday at 8:30 p.m.? 30 Rock‘s live episode airs this week, and the cast is totally ready. Well, ready to start rehearsing at least. “We’re rehearsing all day today, all day tomorrow, and all day Thursday,” Tina Fey said at a press event this afternoon.

Wait, today is the first rehearsal? Two days before? Is that enough time? “Noooo,” Jack McBrayer laughed. The show usually films over the course of a few days, so the condensed timeframe means “we’ll be flying by the seat of our pants,” joked Jane Krakowski. Alec Baldwin, who was on the live Will & Grace episode back in 2005, said he was less worried about rehearsal — “It’s never enough time” — and more worried about the show running long. “The biggest question is time: Are we going to go to a commercial in the middle of a sentence?”

That was Fey’s major concern, too. “Half an hour is so short, and anyone who’s seen our show knows it’s usually packed like a can of tuna. So figuring it out with a laugh spread, and how much show we can fit … we found a way to do some flashbacks and quick cuts that I think will be fun and exciting.”

But, she warns, relocating to studio 8H instead of the show’s usual digs in Long Island City means some things might look just a tiny bit off. “Pete and I will be talking, and you may see the corner of Jack’s office in the background,” she said. “People shouldn’t watch if they’ve taken any kind of heavy medication.”

What about flubbed lines or on-set mishaps? “My background is in improv, and the rule of thumb for that is that there are no mistakes,” McBrayer said, at which point he and Krakowski started giggling. “I don’t think that’s the case here [laughs], so I’m a liiiittle more nervous.”

Baldwin wasn’t worried. “Everybody adjusts,” he said. “The only fear factor is Tracy.”

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  • khm

    SO SO SO SO SO excited! I can’t wait to go to there!

    • Jenn


    • Rob

      Show me the moneeeeey!

  • gah

    i’m soooo excited too! it is true -tracy is the wild card. i guess if he messes up he can just lift his shirt and rub his belly!

    • Mr. Holloway

      I thought that too when I heard there was going to be a live “30 Rock” episode, then I remembered the dude did years on SNL without any major incidents. (He still SEEMS like a bigger wild card now, though.)

    • LOL

      Tracy will screw something up. He should be kept under wraps for most of this show.

  • FedoraG

    This is gonna be extremely awesome.

  • claudenorth

    Interesting to see how a single-camera show translates to a multiple-camera set-up.

  • Dahlia

    I’m totally going to medicate, heavily, just to see what happens.

  • jack

    i can’t wait for this!!

  • K

    I think this will be good because so many of them have live experience so even a mistake could turn out to be funny. I wish I could watch both the east and west versions. I hope they put both online just in case something happens differently in one vs. the other.

    • Shannon

      I heard both will be on nbc.com on Friday.

  • tracy bluth

    Honestly? I’m mostly just looking forward to the combined hotness of Matt Damon and Jon Hamm.

    • gah

      i got chills reading that.

  • Aeryn

    OH.MY.GOD. So excited, just hoping they wont edit anything for the replay coz us foreigners wont get to see it live..!

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