January 31, 2013 |
I fell in love at first sight with Tina Fey's "30 Rock," the NBC sitcom that Thursday night will end our seven-season relationship with a double-length series finale. We have both grown in the interim - well, "30 Rock" has - and if it is not now the same series that first won my heart, by winning my head, it is an even better one, bold and confident and more completely itself. The show that premiered on Oct. 11, 2006, was in many respects a conventional backstage comedy. Fey's show runner Liz Lemon struggled with corporate interference in the form of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy, "the new vice president of East Coast television and microwave programming" - GE owned NBC at the time - and an unruly new star, Tracy Morgan's Tracy Jordan , who introduced himself to her letting her know that, contrary to tabloid reports, "I'm not on crack, I'm straight-up mentally ill. " At the same time, it contained the seeds of all it would become - as a comedy series on NBC about a comedy series on NBC, it was self-referential and meta-fictional from the start, and an unpredictable line like "We're a team now, like Batman and Robin, like chicken and a chicken container" (Tracy to Liz)
April 6, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday. Alec Baldwin says "30 Rock" will end next year. Are you listening, "Office" producers? ( New York Magazine ) Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate are all reportedly going to be on "The Office" season finale. No, "Office" producers, guest stars won't save you now. ( Hollywood Reporter ) Dish Network is now the proud owner of Blockbuster. Congratulations? ( Los Angeles Times ) Meanwhile, Netflix has won the right to stream "Mad Men" reruns.
October 10, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES This Old House: Homeowners embark in new project, hoping to turn a two-family Victorian-era house in Cambridge, Mass., into a one-family home (Noon KOCE). The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon (Jim Parsons) hires an attractive new assistant (Margo Harshman) who makes Amy (Mayim Bialik) very, very nervous in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS)
June 8, 2012 |
"Apollo, Apollo" (Season 3) Summary: In which the writing staff discovers old phone sex commercials Liz Lemon did to make money in her salad days. Fey's take: "It was one of the most fun sequences we've ever done - Jack Donaghy ends up laughing so hard he vomits. " Multiple episodes (Season 5 and 6) Summary: Margaret Cho stars as Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il/Kim Jong-Un. Fey's take: "To have witnessed that and helped to cause that to happen gives me great joy. " "The Succession" (Season 2)
August 18, 2006 |
Calista Flockhart, who had the title role in "Ally McBeal" for five years, is returning to series television this fall, and now so is Jane Krakowski, who co-starred in that Fox series. Krakowski, who played the legal assistant Elaine on "Ally McBeal," has joined the cast of "30 Rock," a comedy scheduled to premiere Oct. 11 on NBC. "30 Rock" stars Tina Fey as the head writer of a variety TV show produced in New York. Krakowski will play the star of that fictional show.
October 4, 2012 |
NEW YORK - When "30 Rock" premiered in the fall of 2006, it was expected to be crushed by NBC's other new series, also set behind the scenes of a late-night sketch comedy show, Aaron Sorkin's heavily hyped "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. " "The first year, our biggest concern was that we thought that NBC had this very clear imperative to choose between us and 'Studio 60,'" recalls Alec Baldwin, who plays slick corporate executive Jack Donaghy on the sitcom, which launches its final, 13-episode season Thursday night.