March 29, 2012 1:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Elizabeth Banks Returning to '30 Rock'
Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy might soon be reunited with his wife.
After spending almost all of season six off-camera but remaining a big part of the storyline, Elizabeth Banks is set to reprise her recurring role of Avery Jessup on 30 Rock.
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The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Banks will appear in an episode of 30 Rock this season. Although the exact timing is uncertain, sources confirm that it won't be for the recently announced live episode on April 26.
Banks, now appearing as Effie Trinket in the blockbuster The Hunger Games, has 13 episodes of 30 Rock under her belt playing Jack's journalist wife. Shortly after giving birth to their first child in season five, Avery was detained in North Korea while on assignment and forced to marry Kim Jong-un.
There has been lingering questions over how the series would handle the Avery storyline -- mostly pertaining to Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's December death, which happened after much of the current season was already filmed.
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"We realized that, luckily, we hadn't referred to Kim Jong Il by name yet -- just to North Korea in general," showrunner Robert Carlock said at the time. "The fun puzzle is turning around and trying to figure out how to get her out of there and how to continue things."
Most recently on the series, Jack tried to raise awareness about Avery's situation by producing the made-for-TV movie, Kidnapped by Danger, in which Jenna (Jane Krakowski) played Avery.
Mary Steenburgen has taken on the recurring role of Avery's mother, Diana, since Banks was last on the show.