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.
September 6, 2012 |
New York loves Ryan Lochte. After 24 hours in the metropolis, the Olympic swimmer has managed a front-row seat at fashion week and a cameo on Tina Fey's "30 Rock. " Network NBC confirmed that Lochte will play with the cast of the Fey- and Alec Baldwin-led comedy while he's in town to cover the sartorial tents at Lincoln Center as an on-camera correspondent for E! News. No word on what his role will be, but he'll shoot his cameo Thursday. Lochte can add this credit to the walk-on he shot for the CW's "90210" after his victory at the London Games.
June 8, 2012 |
- Producers, take note. This is what Tina Fey would like to do in a movie: "Walk away from an explosion. Speak very fast German, then kill a Nazi. And land the Millennium Falcon in a dangerous situation. Those are the only three things I aspire to do on film. And all of those things should be in the same film. " Short of Harrison Ford's allowing her to remake his oeuvre , Fey is likely to end up disappointed. Not that the lack of those things is preventing her from making movies - or Emmy-winning TV series.
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)
June 7, 2012 |
If television is, as Homer Simpson once observed, "teacher, mother, secret lover," can we ask at the outset of this 2012 Emmy season why so many voters stick solely to the safe and familiar when marking their ballots instead of doing something … well, illicit might be a bit strong … let's just say naughty in a premium-cable kind of way. To clarify: We're not advocating doing anything stupid in the name of love. We don't care how bad you've got it for Minka Kelly,"Charlie's Angels"was canceled for a reason.
April 27, 2012 |
Credit the healing powers of comedy? Kim Kardashian and Jon Hamm reportedly mended fences at the "30 Rock" live broadcast in New York on Thursday. After Hamm, in a March interview, labeled Kardashian an "idiot" member of a reality-TV culture in which "stupidity is certainly celebrated," both stars went on defense regarding the content of her character (or at least the one she plays on TV). And there they stayed until the reality star hit 30 Rockefeller Plaza for a quick cameo alongside Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, joining an event that also recruited Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, "SNL's" Fred Armisen and, well, Jon Hamm.
March 21, 2012 |
In case you hadn't noticed, there are an awful lot of lady parts being discussed on broadcast TV these days. And they aren't the only ones exposed — the male anatomy is explicitly mentioned on prime time as well, markedly more than even a few years ago. So says a new study from the conservative watchdog group the Parents Television Council that tracks the number of times the words "vagina" and "penis" are spoken in dramas, comedies, TV movies and...
December 19, 2011 |
If you suffer from a fear of flying, here's something that might calm your nerves: The first 11 months of 2011 were the safest period for commercial air travel on record. The global accident rate for January through November was 22% better than the same time last year and marked the safest period since a United Nations aviation agency began collecting data in 1945, according to the International Air Transport Assn., an airline trade group that issued a report based on the U.N. data.
May 15, 2011 |
Can women save NBC? The network is making a big bet that the route to its long-needed comeback will come through female-skewing scripted series, with a just-announced fall TV schedule that will include a new Wednesday comedy block as well as 10 p.m. dramas every weeknight. The biggest surprise from Bob Greenblatt, the former Showtime programming chief assembling his first lineup as NBC's entertainment president, is opening Wednesday nights with two new comedies, "Up All Night" with Christina Applegate and "Free Agents" with Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in an adaptation of a British series.
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.