As you may have heard, Jennifer Aniston will be guest-starring on 30 Rock at some point in the coming season. No one’s saying anything about the nature of her guest spot, but it appears to be a done deal.
(UPDATE: Someone is saying something about the nature of Aniston’s guest spot. Check out Korbi TV for the details.)
She’s the second former Friend to appear on the Emmy-winning show, following David Schwimmer’s appearance last fall as NBC’s environmentally friendly new mascot Greenzo. The guest role will also be her first non-talk show appearance on NBC since Friends went off the air in 2004.
It’s also her first TV gig since she famously (and underwhelmingly) kissed Courteney Cox on an episode of Cox’s FX show Dirt last year.
Speaking of 30 Rock, it will be one of several NBC series whose season premieres stream on Hulu a week before their on-air debuts. The video site, which NBC Universal co-owns, will offer early looks at five shows (all produced by Universal) on the network’s fall lineup.
In addition to 30 Rock, whose premiere will debut on Hulu Oct. 23, the premieres of newcomer Knight Rider (Sept. 17) and second-year series Lipstick Jungle (Sept. 17), Chuck and Life (both Sept. 22) will be online before they’re on traditional TV.
The complete schedule of Hulu’s fall premieres — most of which are a day after a show’s on-air premiere — is here.
TNT has reclaimed the "most-watched ad-supported cable series premiere ever" title with the debut of the Steven Bochco-produced legal show Raising the Bar.
About 7.7 million people tuned in to Monday night’s premiere, breaking the previous record of 7.4 million held by The 4400 in 2005. (Raising the Bar was seen in 5.7 million households, breaking the previous series-premiere mark of 5.26 million held by its lead-in, The Closer.) The courtroom drama, which stars Jane Kaczmarek and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, was easily the most-watched show on the air at 10 p.m., when the broadcast networks all covered Hurricane Gustav and the limited schedule at the Republican National Convention.
Elsewhere on the dial, The CW is touting the demographic numbers for the season premiere of Gossip Girl. While only 3.4 million people watched the second-season premiere — down a tick from the 3.6 million who tuned in for the series opener last year — Gossip Girl won its hour among all females under 35 and racked up its best-ever numbers among The C-dub’s target audience of adults 18-34.
Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill combined to give the network the best Monday night in its short history among adults 18-34 (2.3 rating, which trailed FOX’s 2.5), and women 18-34 (3.3) and 18-49 (2.3).