Based on her time as a writer for Saturday Night Live, Fey created this hilarious portrayal of the behind-the-scenes happenings of live television. In 2010, she and the crew gave us a meta-30 Rock experience by producing a live broadcast of a show about a live broadcast. The episode was a hit, with tons of guest stars (Julia Louis-Dreyfus portrayed Liz in scenes where it would be impossible for Fey to be in two places at once), breaking of character and plenty of this-really-is-live moments. On Thursday, they’re doing it again.
In this live episode, Kabletown announces it can no longer afford to make TGS a live show. Liz and Jack accept the terms, predicting a taped show will result in less budget issues and overall workplace drama. Kenneth, the only person opposed to the change, takes the crew on a “magical mystery tour” to make them appreciate the storied history of the studio.
I want to go to there.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 25
South Park (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – There’s a new girl in school and everyone soon becomes enthralled by her relationship status — especially Cartman.
THURSDAY APRIL 26
The Office (9 p.m., NBC) – Freshly unemployed, Andy attends a fundraiser for the senator (Jack Coleman) and accidentally adopts a dozen disabled dogs.
Parks and Recreation (9:30 p.m., NBC) – In an episode directed and written by leading lady Amy Poehler, Leslie takes on her opponent Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd) in a televised debate.
FRIDAY APRIL 27
Magic City (10 p.m., Starz) – Vera tries to get Jackie Kennedy to appear at the Miramar for a charity benefit; Victor tries to get his wife out of Castro-controlled Cuba.
SUNDAY APRIL 29
Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) – The Night’s Watch reunite beyond the wall at the Fist of the First Men; Tyrion finds insufficient defense at King’s Landing but discovers a secret weapon; recuperated from her time in the desert, Daenerys sets her sights on taking the Iron Throne.
Nurse Jackie (9 p.m., Showtime) – When Grace finds out that her mom was in rehab, not on vacation, Jackie must prevent her from telling anyone else.
Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC) – Don, Sterling and Pete come together to gain new accounts. Will Sterling’s trip end up affecting his work as well as his relationships?
Veep (10 p.m., HBO) – A trip to a frozen yogurt shop (a photo-op with “normal people”) gets interrupted by a quickly spreading stomach bug. Meanwhile, a Washington Post reporter (Brian Huskey) tries to get Dan to leak White House secrets.
Girls (10:30 p.m., HBO) – Hannah gets some unsettling results from the clinic that lead her to track down her college boyfriend. Jessa (somehow) lands a babysitting gig and Marnie falls for an artist at the gallery.
MONDAY APRIL 30
How I Met Your Mother (8 p.m., CBS) – Realizing fatherhood is quickly approaching, Marshall freaks out during his and Lily’s baby shower. Barney takes the dad-to-be on a roadtrip.
The Pitch (9 p.m., AMC) – Rival ad agencies compete for a new client based on which company has the best campaign pitch. While it’s nowhere as glamorous as Mad Men, it’s an interesting look into modern-day advertisers. This week, SK+G and The Ad Store compete to work with environmental solutions corporation, Waste Management.
TUESDAY MAY 1
Glee (8 p.m., Fox) – Kurt and Rachel audition for the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Whoopi Goldberg and Atlanta Real Housewife Nene Leakes guest star.
New Girl (9 p.m., Fox) – Nick and Jess both run into their exes. Schmidt deals with a sensitive medical issue and is introduced to Cece’s grandma. Winston has a regrettably crazy night on the town with his boss.
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