Exec's cameo featured no lines
NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly pulled a Moonves Thursday night.
With no advance fanfare, Reilly briefly popped up in this week’s episode of the Peacock’s hit laffer “The Office.” Reilly–whose cameo featured no lines and lasted about three seconds– played a prospective boss interviewing Dwight Schruth (Rainn Wilson) for a job.
Reilly’s brief appearance follows in the footsteps of other network bosses, including CBS supremo Leslie Moonves. Latter exec — a thesp by training has made a couple of appearances on CBS shows over the past decade, including “Chicago Hope” and “The Nanny.”
Former NBC chief Brandon Tartikoff was also fond of appearing on-camera on the Peacock. During his NBC years, he guested on shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” “ALF,” “Night Court” and “Saved by the Bell.”
“Office” creator Greg Daniels, who directed Thursday’s seg, invited Reilly on the show last fall. Seg was filmed a couple months ago and hit the air with little advance fanfare.
It’s no surprise Daniels would ask Reilly to appear. Peacock exec has been one of the show’s fiercest sup-porters, fighting to keep it on the air after its first batch of episodes barely registered in the ratings.
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