"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi will share the screen with Alec Baldwin next month in a "30 Rock" episode. The first looks of her appearing as herself have been shared by NBC, giving a preview that she will discuss culinary with Jack in his office.
The episode is called "The Problem Solvers" and it will air on November 12. According to the synopsis, the new actor starts work at "TGS," and after observing how low maintenance he is, Tracy and Jenna begin to rethink how they treat Kenneth. Meanwhile, Jack offers Liz her own talk show, but Jenna convinces her to explore all of her options first.
Lakshmi is one of the very few guest stars coming to the usually celebrity-packed comedy. While last season boasts performances from Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston among others, this season is quite scarce in terms of guests. Jack McBrayer aka Kenneth explained, "We haven't blown it out of the water with guest stars this year. [The writers] are trying to focus on the usual cast of players. I like that because that's how it all started - just us interacting in the workplace."
One celebrity that Tina Fey has been trying to get is Justin Timberlake. He won a Creative Arts Emmy earlier this year for Best Actor in Comedy while Fey won the Best Actress.