It's the next logical step, according to Ron Bloomberg, supervising producer of NBC's "227." And it's a step he has wanted to take for six years.
If all goes well, Bloomberg's vision to present a prime-time comedy series incorporating current events will be seen on "227" at 8:30 tonight--about 28 hours after the episode is taped. Usually, about a month elapses between the time a "227" is made and aired.
If this sounds risky, that's because it is, Bloomberg said.
"That's part of the attraction though," said Bloomberg, who added that NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff was intrigued by the idea of taping a show close to its air date and including discussion of late-breaking news. "Eventually, we'd like to get to the point where we can do the first live situation comedy in prime time."
The episode deals with Mary and Lester Jenkins (Marla Gibbs and Hal Williams) after they've just received a notice from the IRS that they're being audited. Ron Glass, as the auditor, and Red Buttons, as the owner of a coffee shop where most of the topical discussions will occur, are guest stars.