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Alec Baldwin Breaks 'SNL' Record by Hosting Season 37 Premiere

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 3rd 2011 5:00AM
Alec BaldwinHis Schweddy Balls are already the stuff of legend, and now 'Saturday Night Live' frequent flyer Alec Baldwin is set to break the long-running show's hosting record.

Baldwin is currently tied with Steve Martin for the 'SNL' record after he hosted the show for the 15th time last year. However, executive producer Lorne Michaels told reporters that Baldwin is now set to break Martin's record by hosting the Season 37 premiere in the fall.

'Mike & Molly' star Melissa McCarthy is lined up to host the second episode of the new season.

Baldwin pulls double duty as the star of Michaels' other NBC show, '30 Rock,' which is, of course, a fictionalized version of 'SNL.'

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Lorne Michaels: '30 Rock' Still Has Life and Vitality After Season 6

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 2nd 2011 11:30AM
30 RockDespite rumors, blog posts and quotes about departing stars, Lorne Michaels said '30 Rock' won't be going anywhere after Season 6.

Series stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are contracted through the end of this upcoming season and despite published reports, Michaels, an executive producer on the series, told Vulture he can't imagine Season 6 will be the last for '30 Rock.'

"I can't imagine doing the show without Alec, but I couldn't imagine doing ['Saturday Night Live'] without Chevy," Michaels told Vulture. "And we're still on the air."

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TV Shows We Can't Quit, No Matter How Bad They Get

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 12th 2011 12:00PM
'Entourage'Have you ever continued to watch a TV show long after you knew you should've just given up on it? Don't lie. We know we're not alone.

After some particularly lackluster season finales, and a few recent underwhelming season premieres, we thought we'd share our TV grievances with you. (And, yes, they include 'Entourage,' whose final season cannot come and go soon enough for us.)

Here, the list of shows we just can't seem to quit, no matter how bad they get.

Of course, this list contains our own personal opinions about said allegedly bad shows. You might love some (or, god forbid, all) of them, but that's the fun of it. Feel free to defend the honor of any of our borderline shows, and chime in with your own why-can't-I-look-away nominations in the comments.

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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Tina Fey and NBC Chief Condemn Tracy Morgan's Homophobic Rant

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:50AM
Tina FeyTracy Morgan has apologized after he reportedly indulged in a homophobic and sexist rant during a recent standup show in Nashville. The '30 Rock' star said he "clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."

Now Morgan's '30 Rock' boss and co-star, Tina Fey, says she didn't think it was funny either. In a statement to TMZ.com, she said she was glad Morgan had apologized, but admitted it was "disturbing."

"The violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community," she said. "It also doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.

She concluded pointedly: "I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at '30 Rock', without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket."

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'Modern Family,' 'The Good Wife' Top Critic's Choice Awards Nominees

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 6th 2011 10:35AM
The Good Wife, Modern FamilyABC's 'Modern Family' tops the nominees of the first inaugural Critic's Choice Awards. The awards show, which features nominees selected by TV critics, could be a good indication of how this year's Emmys race will shape up.

Aside from 'Modern Family' and its six nominations, NBC's '30 Rock' is represented in the Best Comedy Series category, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Over in the drama department, AMC's 'The Killing' has picked up nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. CBS's 'The Good Wife' picked up four nominations including Best Drama Series, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Submissions are still being accepted for Most Exciting New Series category.

Cat Deeley will host the ceremony on June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. VH1.com will live stream the show on June 20, and ReelzChannel will air the ceremony at 8PM on June 22.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

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Tina Fey Hosts 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted May 8th 2011 10:40AM
Kicking off what she dubbed 'the Mother's Day episode,' Tina Fey hosted 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend with a dose of her usual self-deprecation.

Making the most of her six-months' pregnant figure, the '30 Rock' star -- and former 'SNL' head writer -- brought out fellow expectant mom Maya Rudolph for a belly-bump greeting, and a song devoted to their soon-to-be-born children.

The soothing lullaby opened with lyrics such as "I cannot wait to know you," then quickly segued into a raunchy ode to procreation: "You are the proof that we've been doin' it....makin' super sexy heat...your mom and daddy been doin' it!" Mid-duet, the two even had a faux sonogram while each fetus -- Keenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig -- sang along in utero.

After the jump, check out a few of our favorite clips from Fey's hosting gig: her maternal, musical monologue, a sketch about a horrifying birthing class, and a parody of this week's Republican debate, which featured her famous Sarah Palin impression.

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'30 Rock' Season 5 Finale Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 6th 2011 10:30AM
30 Rock, Respawn Recap['30 Rock' - 'Respawn']

I hate to say it but this episode felt more like an afterthought to the regular season than a season finale. Maybe it's because we were taken out of our comfort zone of the 'TGS' environment for a lot of it, but it seemed more like a celebration of the core characters than the ensemble we've come to love.

That in itself isn't a bad thing. It's just that I wasn't too excited about any of the storylines, except maybe the Jack and Kenneth plot. But that's only because that one followed the organic flow of the last episode.

It's not that it was a particularly terrible episode, I'm just used to writers pulling out all the stops to blow us away in their final episode of the season. For me, it's just going to have to be my general love for the show that sees me here in September. Here with the hope the premiere is stronger.

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Nine Characters Who Deserve More Screen Time

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 30th 2011 1:00PM
Nine Characters Who Need More Screen TimeSometimes, there just isn't enough time in an episode for all of our favorite characters to get a moment in the sun.

On almost every show there's an unsung hero, always supporting the main players, only getting thrown a bone every now and then. Depending on the show, some characters are just given the shaft season after season. If we were calling the shots, these characters would come front and center (at least for a multi-episode arc!) and have their moment in the sun.

From characters who deal with the undead to a blue-haired cartoon boy, we want to see more of these characters on screen ASAP.

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'30 Rock' Season 5, Episode 22 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 29th 2011 12:00PM
'30 Rock' - 'Everything Sunny All the Time Always'['30 Rock' - 'Everything Sunny All the Time Always']

Now that's what I'm talking about, '30 Rock.' Tracy being petty and self-absorbed, Liz obsessing over something that's ultimately irrelevant and Jack involved in worldly politics. It was all crazy and in the best possible way. In other words, it was '30 Rock' back to its normal self after the Tracy Jordan hiatus.

As usual, Liz took something fairly innocuous and turned it into a metaphor for everything that's not perfect in her life. For nearly a month she obsessed over a plastic bag stuck in a tree outside her plastic window. An obsession that got so twisted in her head, the bag started talking to her and it wasn't nearly as nice as its smiley face would seem to promise.

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Condoleezza Rice Makes a Cameo on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 29th 2011 7:35AM

Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, has lived an interesting life. On Thursday night's '30 Rock' (Thu., 10PM on NBC) we learned a little bit about one of his old flames, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Apparently, she still carries a bit of a torch, and also a grudge. So when Donaghy needed her help to get his wife out of North Korea, things were, shall we say, tense.

When Avery (played by Elizabeth Banks) is captured by Kim Jong Il (played in an almost unrecognizable cameo by Margaret Cho), Donaghy needs Rice's help. But Rice starts in on him as soon as she sees him. "You know, I've been to the DMZ, they have signs. Can your wife not read?" Was it that Avery is younger? Or funnier?

Rice does get some measure of relief, challenging Donaghy to a musical duel to see who's better - Rice on piano and Donaghy on flute. Rice won that one.

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Kelly Ripa Complains That Alec Baldwin Stole Her Hair Stylist (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 28th 2011 12:30PM
Kelly Ripa Explains How Alec Baldwin Stole Her Hair StylistOn 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Kelly Ripa jokingly complained that Alec Baldwin of '30 Rock' stole her beloved hair stylist.

"He used to do my hair, but then he was lured away from me by the promise of fame and fortune. Now he works for Alec Baldwin," said Ripa, adding that the stylist has even been written into '30 Rock.'

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Rachel Dratch and Cheyenne Jackson Compete Over 'Housewives' Trivia (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 25th 2011 4:48AM
Rachel Dratch & Cheyenne Jackson, 'Watch What Happens Live'Maybe somebody over at '30 Rock' should considering upping Cheyenne Jackson and Rachel Dratch to full-time status. That way neither of them would have the time to ever become such experts on the 'Real Housewives' franchise again.

On 'Watch What Happens: Live' (Sun., 11PM ET on Bravo), the pair put their knowledge to the test with the "Housewives Playhouse Challenge." In it, they took turns reading quotes from various housewives to one another. The person who correctly identified the most quotes was the winner.

And while some people might automatically assume that Dratch would have the edge because surely 'Real Housewives' skews female, you'd be both wrong and surprised. Jackson nailed his answers quickly, and then when it was his turn to ask questions, he even nailed impressions of the women he was quoting.

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'30 Rock' 100th Episode Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 22nd 2011 10:45AM
Alec Baldwin, '30 Rock' - '100th Episode'['30 Rock' - '100th Episode']

'30 Rock''s little show-within-a-show is reaching 100 episodes. So's the show about a show, and I've gotta say that I am absolutely exhausted after sitting through that hour of television. Exhausted in a good way.

When '30 Rock' is firing on all cylinders (like on last night's show), it does fast-paced nonsense and throwaway gags at an 'Airplane'-like pace. Add an actual story that made sense, liberally sprinkled with flashbacks and guest stars recalling the past five years, and this is one of the most satisfying 100th episode celebrations of a series I've ever seen.

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Jennifer Lopez Developing New Reality Talent Competition Show, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Renewed and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 21st 2011 1:30PM
Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez has her own talent competition series in the works, reports Entertainment Weekly. 'Que Viva' would see the star and her husband, Marc Anthony, scouring Latin America for undiscovered musical superstars.

There's no network set for the projects, but 'American Idol' producer Simon Fuller is on board. Of course, his involvement leads to the question of whether or not Lopez will continue as a judge on 'Idol' next season. She's only signed on for this year, but most reviews of her performance on the show have been positive.

In other TV news ...

'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' has been renewed for a third season. The show will continue through 2012. [EW]

HBO is producing Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'A Visit From the Goon Squad' as a TV series. The book follows the lives of a group of characters who meet in San Francisco's '80s punk rock scene. [Deadline]

Disgraced memoirist James Frey will appear on 'Oprah' again. It'll be his first appearance on the show after the talk show host laid into him in 2006 for faking details in his former Oprah Book Club pick 'A Million Little Pieces.' [NY Post]

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