Victoria Justice is slated to guest star on “Undateable” during the NBC comedy’s upcoming hour-long live episode. Digital Spy reports that the “Eye Candy” actress posted an image on Instagram of herself with a script for the series, writing: “Guess who’s guest starring on next weeks @nbcundateable? It’s meeeee & it’s going to be LIVE.. Tuesday… Brace yourself. #May5.”
The network announced last month that “Undateable” would do a live episode on May 5 at 9/8 p.m. CT, with separate performances for both coasts. The sitcom follows a pair of male roommates who live in Detroit and hang out in a bar with their misfit, romance-challenged friends. The network previously aired two live episodes of “30 Rock” during the Tina Fey-produced sitcom’s seven-year run, and most recently produced live versions of musicals “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan.”
“Everything with ‘Undateable’ starts with the fact that [showrunner] Adam [Sztykiel] and I like the show, we think the performers are funny, and we’d do anything to give the show a shot,” executive producer Bill Lawrence said in a statement. He added that the episode would feature set changes, and the cast would “not be solely bottled up at Justin’s [Brent Morin] bar,” while also teasing that there would be a musical component along with big guest stars. Lawrence’s previous credits include a musical episode of the NBC comedy “Scrubs.”
“Undateable” stars Chris D’Elia, Morin, Bianca Kajlich, Ron Funches, Rick Glassman and David Fynn. Disney star Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie”) joined the show as a series regular this season as Candace, a new bartender at Black Eyes. Lawrence explained that the biggest challenge for the live episode is ensuring that the cast, which includes multiple comedians, doesn’t crack each other up.
“All these dudes—and the ladies—constantly make each other laugh out loud during our normal tapings, and if they do that during our live show, I am going to kill them,” he joked. “We let the comics riff. When we do it in front of an audience, they’ll often go so far off topic that they’ll call back to us and say, ‘Hey, how do we get back to what this scene’s about?’ For us, it’s preserving the spontaneity of the show, and at the same time not go down as being the worst live show of all time.”
As TV Line reports, the news comes a week after Justice tweeted that her MTV series “Eye Candy” had been cancelled after one season due to low ratings. The guest spot marks her return to comedy following her roles on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and “Zoey 101.”
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