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News Roundup: '30 Rock' Books Jon Hamm for Live Episode, 'Modern Family' Films Gay Kiss and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2010 5:30PM
Jon HammJon Hamm has a flair for live performances and Tina Fey knows this well; in fact, she's booked him for the live '30 Rock' episode in October. Fey revealed the news to Ausiello Files on the Emmy red carpet.

What, you need more proof that Hamm has the live comedy chops? Check out his solid hosting gig on 'Saturday Night Live' last season and the opening performance at the 2010 Emmy Awards.

Also on tap for '30 Rock' season 5 is Emmy winner Paul Giamatti. He'll play a grouchy editor in the second episode.

In other TV news ...

Brad Pitt is lending his voice to a documentary about the New Orleans Saints and their Super Bowl win last year. The film will air on the NFL Network on Sept. 8 at 9PM. [Perez Hilton]

Randy Jackson will officially return to 'American Idol' next season. Nigel Lythgoe confirmed Jackson will have a seat on the panel, but the other judges are still a mystery. Lythgoe told reporters Elton John will probably not be joining the Fox reality series. [Zap2It]

The first 'Modern Family' gay kiss has been filmed. Yes, it's going to happen after months of buzz and unnecessary controversy. "It's a very organic kiss. People are going to be very surprised when they see it." [E! Online]

'Twilight' vampire Jackson Rathbone will guest star on ABC's new series 'No Ordinary Family.' Rathbone will play a classmate of Kay Panabaker's telepathic character Daphne. [Ausiello Files]

Former 'True Blood' star Lois Smith is stopping by 'Desperate Housewives.' The veteran actress will play Lynette's mother-in-law Allison Scavo. She moves in to help Tom get over his male postpartum depression. [TV Guide]

Debra Monk will go toe-to-toe with Sally Field on 'Brothers & Sisters.' The 'NYPD Blue' star will play a rival of Nora's for an mom-based radio show hosting gig. [TV Guide]

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