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Did NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center seem a little surreal to you?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2009 12:41PM
Rockefeller Center treeSo we didn't have any major walkout or cutting of the electricity during the live broadcast of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting on NBC last night. But we did have enough things to talk about the day after.

I could discuss the lip synching that a lot of the acts decided to do (I'm looking at you, Barry Manilow) and point out just how bad Rod Stewart is at doing either old standards or soul songs. But I really want to talk about Jane Krakowski. She hosted (along with Chuck's Zachary Levi) and it was a little...surreal.

This was a variety show that wasn't too different than a special TGS that the 30 Rock gang might put on, and it almost seemed like it was Jenna Maroney hosting. Krakowski basically plays a really exaggerated version of herself on 30 Rock, and I was waiting for her to say something clueless or potentially racist or have a cat jump on her face and scratch her.

The only thing that would have made it more surreal is if they got Tracy Morgan to co-host with Krakowski instead of Levi. Then he could have lifted up his shirt and the whole TGS effect would have been complete.

Or better yet, why didn't NBC have Krakowski and Morgan host the show as Jenna and Tracy? And maybe have Jack McBrayer run around during the episode as Kenneth doing various tasks for the hosts? It would have been funny and also a nice cross-promotion for tonight's episode of 30 Rock.

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Brandon Hall

Actually, I was there. Barry Manilow did NOT lip synch. I watched his rehersal at noon that day and the performance during the show. No lip synching there. Sorry.

December 20 2009 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know I heard the male host( chipmonk star)say" frigin cool" to us at home watching a xmas show. disgusting and shows lack of any class.

December 03 2009 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"and it almost seemed like it was Jenna Maroney hosting"

My exact thoughts.

December 03 2009 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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