30 Rock: SeinfeldVision (season premiere)
Jack: "Ha! You're going to buy NBC? Oh, right, like you have $4 million just lying around..."
The above bit of dialogue is one of the many reasons I love this show. They could have gone for the easy joke, which would have been to play off of the vast wealth that Jerry Seinfeld has and just say a figure like $4 billion or $20 billion or whatever real amount it would take to buy NBC. But they go one step further, cleverly saying $4 million, thereby insulting NBC, the very network this show runs on. That's great stuff. No wonder NBC renewed this show. Besides being a new classic, then get to look self-deprecating while having what amounts to a half hour infomercial for the network every Thursday night!
The summer is over and everyone gets back to work on TGS with Tracy Jordan. Liz has broken up with boyfriend Floyd and Jack has recovered from his heart attack (funny line about Liz not talking to Jack since last spring, a clever bit that illustrates how ludicrous the timeline of a TV series can be). Liz isn't really over Floyd, but she can't dwell on it. This is going to be "her year." The first thing she has to do is deal with Jenna, who has gained a ton of weight from starring in "Mystic Pizza - The Musical" on stage. She had to eat 32 slices of pizza each week. I know how she feels.
Jack has a bigger problem: his great idea of taking all of NBC's footage of Seinfeld and digitally inserting the comedian into all of NBC's shows ("SeinfeldVision!") has hit a snag: Seinfeld has found out about it and isn't happy. (I'm waiting for NBC to actually try this, and I'm surprised they didn't do it as a cross promotion this month.) Seinfeld is obviously upset by this, but he actually gives Jack a chance to pitch the idea. Jack asks him what shows Jerry likes and maybe they can insert him into that one. Jerry says, "I like Lost, is that you guys?" The look of sheer pain on Jack's face is priceless, and probably mirrors the pained look on the faces of real NBC execs when they think of the ABC hit.
But the two men come to an agreement: NBC can do "SeinfeldVision" for one night, as long as they promote Seinfeld's new Bee Movie on The Today Show, with Al Roker in a bee outfit. This is better than Jack's idea shown in the picture above.
Speaking of outfits, we get to see Tina Fey in a wedding dress in this episode. Is she hot or what?
This was a really funny beginning to the second season, and the Seinfeld guest appearance doesn't seem like stunt casting at all (the kind you saw on Will and Grace all the time the last few years), it seems natural. It took me a while to warm up to 30 Rock, but now that I have I'm serious when I say I think it's a new classic. NewsRadio is one of my favorite shows, and this reminds me a lot of that, but with the added bonus of being about the world of television.
|The Singing Bee||74 (17.1%)|