'30 Rock' will try something different — airing live

NBC says "30 Rock" is going live this fall.

The network said Friday a live episode of the comedy will air Oct. 14 and will be performed twice so that both East and West Coast viewers get to see it that way.

NBC executives told the Television Critics Association that "30 Rock" executive producers Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels were approached about a live episode and were up for the challenge. Fey, the show's star and creator, is familiar with live TV from her "Saturday Night Live" days. Michaels created and produces the show.

NBC has aired other live episodes, but this will be the first for the Emmy-winning "30 Rock," which is produced in New York.

Less of Drew Carey

Drew Carey has been known as a lovable, teddy-bear type as far back as his long-running sitcom The Drew Carey Show. But, he says, being big was a burden — and he had to make a change, People.com reports.

"It sucks being fat, you know," Carey, 52, said Wednesday at the CBS, Showtime and the CW TCA Party in Beverly Hills. "I was diabetic with Type-2 diabetes."

Not anymore. After Carey embarked on a strict regime, shaving his diet of carbohydrates and hitting the gym religiously, he has dropped 80 pounds since January and says, "I'm not diabetic anymore. No medication needed."

So how'd he do it?

"No carbs," Carey says. "I have cheated a couple times, but basically no carbs, not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza, nothing. No corn, no beans, no starches of any kind. Egg whites in the morning or like, Greek yogurt, cut some fruit."

He snacks on fruit, and for dinner he'll have grilled chicken and steamed vegetables and water. "I don't drink anything but water," he says. "No coffee, no tea, no soda."

Equally important, he says, is keeping up his workouts. His secret: "Lots of cardio.

"I like being skinny," says Carey. "I was sick of being fat on the camera. Really, I just got sick of it. Once I started losing weight, again, like once I started dropping a couple pant sizes, then it was easy 'cause once you see the results, then you don't want to stop."

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Actor Peter O'Toole, 78... country singer Hank Cochran, 75... Garth Hudson (The Band), 73... director Wes Craven, 71... Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters), 67... actress Joanna Cassidy, 65... actor Butch Patrick ("The Munsters"), 57... actress Apollonia, 51... actress Mary-Louise Parker, 46... actor Sam Worthington, 34... actress Hallie Eisenberg, 18