NBC kicked off its executive session at Friday’s Television Critics Association press tour with a flurry of shiny, sexy news.
Among the Peacock’s announcements: ‘30 Rock,’ which on its best days is deliriously irreverent, will dare to kick things up a notch with a live episode airing October 14.
“[Executive producers] Lorne [Michaels] and Tina [Fey] are very up for,” said NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad. “We think it’s a great idea.”
Also regarding NBC’s Thursday night comedy line-up, Drew Carey is dropping by ‘Community‘ (which earlier this month booked red-hot Betty White for its premiere), and Kathy Bates is due back at ‘The Office.’
Speaking of ‘The Office,’ NBC execs confirmed that a plan is in place to usher out the Michael Scott character, seeing as Steve Carell is checking out after this season.
On the drama front, NBC aims to capitalize on ‘America’s Got Talent’s final episodes by launching a few shows earlier than planned.
‘Parenthood‘ will now return Tuesday, September 14; Jimmy Smits’ ‘Outlaw’ will get a sneak peek after the September 15 ‘AGT’ finale before officially premiering two days later; and ‘The Apprentice‘ will get a two-hour premiere on September 16.