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'30 Rock' - 'Argus' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2010 11:30PM
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(S04E19) "I know this is a difficult time for you, but word of advice: if the will says that you have to spend the night in a haunted house, you better hope that everyone else there are black people or sluts." - Liz

It's always fun to try to figure out what a '30 Rock' episode title refers to. Who would have thought that last week's "Khonani" referred to the name of an NBC janitor (and a sly Conan reference)? Who could have guessed what exactly "Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter" meant a couple of weeks ago? Or even "Anna Howard Shaw Day," though we could have Googled that and at least had some idea. The same thing with this week's show. What/who the heck is Argus?

I really wish it didn't refer to a peacock.

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'30 Rock' - 'Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 23rd 2010 11:40AM
(S04E17) "Thank you, Lemon, but my true present is that exquisite ensemble. You look like a prison weed dealer." - Jack to Liz, on her singles dodge ball outfit.

Jack, Jack, Jack! I guess there are worse things than having to choose between gorgeous Elizabeth Banks and beautiful Julianne Moore on your 51st birthday. I'm with Liz, though. Guys have it easy. They just get more distinguished and stately as they get older. Girls get flabby arms and wrinkles. " You're juggling two beautiful women while I have to pay to have kick balls whipped at me," says Liz. "This is gender inequity out the yang."

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'30 Rock' - 'Floyd' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:05AM
30 Rock
(S04E16) "Whuck?!" - Liz's shortened version of "What the F**k?"

This was one of those episodes of '30 Rock' where the Jenna and Tracy plot (yes, they seem to have plots together 97% of the time) really dragged the show down. Every line seemed forced, every scene seemed to be filled with over the top wackiness, and the whole thing just felt like desperation filler, as if even the writers knew they're running out of ideas on how to get Jenna and Tracy and Kenneth into the plot. Even Kenneth recognized it and told Pete that he has problems with Jenna and Tracy so often he should come up with a word that means the same thing, "Trennapro."

That's funny and I'm sure '30 Rock' reviewers will use that word to describe a Jenna/Tracy plot, but the rest of it just made me sigh and cross my arms (except for a couple of lines Kenneth said telling his stories). I mean, I enjoyed the killer clown mask that Chris Parnell wore in the Dr. Pepper commercial at the end of the show. Why couldn't Dr. Spaceman have been one of the plots this week?

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The Writers Get Naked on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:02AM
30 Rock, the writers get nakedYou're at work and suddenly hear a news report that a toxic gas has overtaken your building. The reporter advises anyone left in the building to disrobe immediately, so, of course, you do.

If this happens to you, think twice about actually taking all your clothes off, especially if your boss is Jack Donaghy from '30 Rock' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC). That's our little public service announcement for the day.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jack Gets a Porn Wake-Up Call on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 19th 2010 2:00AM
30 Rock, Kabletown, PornWho knew that 91 percent of Comcast's Kabletown's profits comes from men ordering adult movies? You know, movies like 'Ass-atar,' 'The Lovely Boners,' 'The Hind Side' and 'Fresh-Ass: Based on the Novel Tush By Assfire.'

It's all a big lightbulb going off in Jack's head on '30 Rock' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC). Or, as we should call him from now on, Jack "The Master Baiter" Donaghy.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'30 Rock' - 'Don Geiss, America, and Hope' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2010 12:28AM
30 Rock
(S04E15) "This is an exciting time for NBC. Not 'Friends,' 'Seinfeld,' 'ER' exciting, more like 3-D episodes of 'Merlin' exciting.' - Jack

I wonder if NBC killed off Don Geiss (that's him in the Han Solo-like cryogenic freeze thing above - another 'Star Wars' reference) because of Rip Torn's real-life problems? Sure, this episode was probably filmed before his latest escapade, but similar things had happened in the past, and maybe they didn't want to have to have him come back on the show now and then. Then again, Geiss had a lot of health problems in the past and almost died once already, so maybe his death was already in the works. And it certainly works as a sign that things are changing at NBC now that GE has sold it to Kabletown.

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'30 Rock' - 'Future Husband' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:20AM
30 Rock
(S04E14) "How could a company from Philly buy a company from New York? That would be like Vietnam defeating the United States in a ground war." - Jack, about Kabletown

A week without '30 Rock' is like a week without happiness, and we've gone through a few weeks without my favorite Thursday night comedy so it's really fantastic to have the show back in all of it's laugh-out-loud loopiness. The Olympics interrupted it for a while, and I truly laughed out loud when Liz just moved her mouth, saying nothing, and then Tina Fey said something about Lindsey Vonn winning a gold medal over it because they didn't know what the results were when it was filmed. That will be remembered as one of the funniest bits of the season I'm sure.

But wait ... what happened to Don Geiss??

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'30 Rock' - 'Anna Howard Shaw Day' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 12th 2010 12:50AM
'30 Rock' - 'Anna Howard Shaw Day'
(S04E13) "Valentine's Day is a sham created by greeting card companies to reinforce gender stereotypes." - Liz, to Pete's daughter

So here we have a Valentine's Day episode of '30 Rock,' where we find Liz without a date, Toofer set up on a date (with an ... urban woman), Frank doing his usual Frank stuff, and Lutz talking to the gang about his girlfriend, who no one believes is real. But he says that he has the proof on his web site.

And the web site is real! He insists that she, too, is real, though the pics show Karens Carpenter, Black, Allen, Walker, and whatever the last name of the girl from 'Frosty The Snowman' is.

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Alec Baldwin's Hospital Visit a "Misunderstanding"

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2010 12:23PM
Alec BaldwinIf you haven't heard this morning, '30 Rock's' Alec Baldwin was rushed to the hospital late last night. CBS News says that someone, probably his daughter, called 911 after Baldwin was "unresponsive" in his New York City apartment. A law enforcement source told the AP off the record that Baldwin had argued with his daughter and had threatened to take pills, which prompted the phone call.

However, Baldwin was only at Lenox Hill hospital for about an hour and then he was released. In fact, his publicist says that he is already back at work today. So this is either a misunderstanding, a real incident that they're trying to cover up for obvious reasons, or it's the worst promotion for '30 Rock' (tonight at 8pm) that I've ever heard.

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Review: 30 Rock - Winter Madness

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2010 2:30AM
30 Rock
(S04E11) "They're all named Sean, they're mean, and I hate it here." - Kenneth, about Boston

Being from Boston myself, I'm really enjoying these Boston (and Waltham)-centric episodes of 30 Rock. I often cringe at shows that have episodes set around this area. They'll get a location wrong or make dumb assumptions about us or get an accent wrong (more on that after the jump), but this show is getting a lot of little things wrong. Even the street scenes were well done, with the brick and all that.

And wait... Nancy mentioned Kelly's Roast Beef and, holy crap, Jack and Nancy actually imitated Chet Curtis and Natalie Jacobson? That is 55 kinds of awesome. Someone at 30 Rock knows Boston well.

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Review: 30 Rock - Black Light Attack!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 15th 2010 10:45AM
30 Rock
(S04E10) "For four years I've had to make do with what passes for men around here, with their untucked shirts, boneless faces, their Stars, both Wars and Trek." - Jack

So Tina Fey got a lot of action in this special double-header. In the first episode, she did it with James Franco (and a pillow - I don't want to know more than that), and in this one she makes out with Danny. Which reminds me: we need more episodes where they actually show what's going on with TGS. We don't see many skits anymore or anything else to do with the show, just plots involving the personal lives of the characters (with the occasional plot about a problem/scheme Jack has concerning NBC and executives). I'd like to get back to more of that.

In the meantime though, this was another good episode. Facebook!

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Review: 30 Rock - Klaus and Greta

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 15th 2010 2:40AM
30 Rock
(S04E09) "The local station edited 'Will & Grace' so much that it was just called 'Karen'." - Randy Lemon

In my mind, Jack Donaghy had nothing to do with the whole Leno/Conan/NBC mess. Sure, he's not as high up as Jeff Zucker or Jeff Gaspin or any other executives named Jeff that the Peacock Network might have. But he's the head of a couple of divisions, so they might have asked him for his opinion on the matter. Jack cares about money, sure, but he seems like a Team Conan guy to me.

But I don't like him in "lost Jack" mode, where's he's lovesick and/or frazzled. And that's how he was in both of the new episodes tonight.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actor

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 3rd 2010 11:01AM
neil_patrick_harris_cbsMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the funniest actors of the last ten years.

If you want to be a great comedic actor, you can never let on that you know you're being funny. Your character never knows what the joke is. That's why Rodney Dangerfield was a great, legendary stand-up comedian, and a fairly poor comic actor.

Everyone on this list excels at the comedic poker face. Steve Carell and Ricky Gervais, in their Office boss characters, don't know that most of the rest of the office is laughing at them. Or at least they don't understand why. Stephen Colbert, despite all of the attention The Colbert Report have received, may be the most underrated comic actor, because the character is so seamless, sometimes it's hard to tell it's a character. Shatner is a legend for playing campy with a poker face. And Neil Patrick Harris as a cad? A straight cad? Perfect.

Here are a few of our favorite comedic actors from the past decade, and may their characters never realize the joke's on them.

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Review: 30 Rock - Secret Santa

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 11th 2009 1:40AM
30 Rock, julianne moore
(S04E08) "Those sites are for horny married chicks with kids who want to exchange pervy e-mails with their old high school boyfriends." - Liz, about YouFace

I'm glad to see Danny back on the show. He hasn't been on that much (if at all) since being hired as the new cast member, and I thought it was going to be another one of those things where we don't see him again even though he's supposed to be on TGS still. But didn't you want to hear him sing normally during the TGS Christmas show? I didn't back Pete's plan to try to make Jenna angry (really, who wants that?) and it would have been a nice, Christmas-y ending for Danny and Jenna to sing well at the end and Jenna be OK with it. Instead, we got Jenna placated yet again and Pete going crazy. Eh.

Still, it was great that they got Cheyenne Jackson's singing in the show in a couple of scenes. Maybe in a later episode fans will find out that he's actually good.

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Sneak Peek: tomorrow night's Christmas episode of 30 Rock

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 9th 2009 9:06AM
I'm a sucker for Christmas episodes of TV shows and I love 30 Rock, which means that I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's episode of the show, "Secret Santa." But even beyond the Xmas aspect it looks funny, as Jack tries a new social networking site.

[Watch clips and episodes of 30 Rock and other shows at SlashControl.]

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