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The 16 Most Accomplished 'Real' Women on TV Right Now

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 16th 2011 1:30PM
Oprah WinfreyA couple of weeks ago, we gave you the list of the 100 most memorable female characters in TV history. There was lots of talk and conjecture among the readers about who we missed and who shouldn't have been there, which is why we do these lists to begin with.

But there were a fair number of people who asked us "Where's Ellen DeGeneres?" or "Where's Oprah?" among others. Well, since we were talking about TV characters and not real people, those folks had to be left off the list (And, yes, we know Ellen played a pretty important TV character ... more on this later.)

Fear not, loyal TV watchers. We've got a list for those of you who want to celebrate women who put themselves out there, have created a brand, or have made significant contributions to the current TV landscape as themselves and not a fictional character.

The list isn't in any particular order; after the first few obvious names, the rest of the women on this list come so close, it's hard to rank them. So we'll just start with TV's most accomplished woman (hint: her name starts with an O ... and it ain't Omarosa) and go from there.

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How to Fix an Aging '30' Rock? Add a New Female Lead

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 10th 2011 11:45AM
'30 Rock' has gone from a show that used to land on my annual Top 10 list to a program that isn't on my weekly must-see list. Don't get me wrong, I haven't given up on it. I watch it at least a half a dozen times each season and usually come away at least mildly entertained, but '30 Rock' is like that old college buddy you run into at a party. We used to have so much in common, but Liz Lemon and I have simply grown apart.

If '30 Rock' doesn't want to fade quietly into the twilight, I think the show needs to shake things up at this stage. Certainly it could stand some alterations in the cast department.

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Hear Tina Fey's Joni Mitchell Spoof, 'Paints and Brushes'

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 22nd 2011 4:30PM
Tina FeyReason number 5,671 to love Tina Fey: The comedian/actress/screenwriter/author can now add "spot-on Joni Mitchell parody songwriter" to the growing list of occupations she's mastered.

During last week's episode of '30 Rock,' a very Joni Mitchell-sounding tune played in the background of a bar specifically tailored to Liz Lemon's tastes. But it wasn't Mitchell singing at all -- it was Fey herself, doing her best folky soprano Mitchell spoof in a self-penned song called 'Paints and Brushes.'

The best line (among 1 minute and 40 seconds of pure parody genius): "Well the standards men, they don't like jokes about tampons / but it's just a natural part of the human experience, and I'm not gonna stop / not gonna stop doing / I'm not gonna stop doing jokes / about tampons."

Listen to the full track, unearthed by the gossip hounds at ONTD, after the jump.

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PBS Cut Tina Fey's Zinger About Sarah Palin

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 16th 2010 2:30PM
Everyone loves Tina Fey ... except Sarah Palin and now PBS.

Fey accepted comedy's most prestigious award, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the Kennedy Center last Tuesday night. PBS traditionally rebroadcasts the event the following Sunday. However, this year the network decided to edit Fey's most controversial joke, which was about Palin.

Thanks to the 'Washington Post,' here is what ended up on the cutting room floor (the video below also shows the unedited joke around the 12 minute and 30 second mark):

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Tina Fey Wins Prize for American Humor -- Thanks Her Parents, Sarah Palin (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 15th 2010 2:39AM
Tina Fey Wins Prize for American Humor -- Thanks Her Parents, Sarah PalinComedienne Tina Fey received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor during tonight's broadcast of the ceremony (Sun., 9PM ET on PBS). The award is given each year to recognize the one of nation's greatest comics. Tina is the youngest person to receive the award, and only the third woman to do so. The previous female winners were Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.

During her acceptance speech, Ms. Fey said she hoped "women are achieving at a rate these days that we can stop counting what number they are at things."


"Yes," she continued, "I was the first writer head writer at 'Saturday Night Live.'" Fey then added that she was only the "second woman" to be pregnant on the show. " ... And now tonight I am the third female recipient of this prize. I would love to be the fourth woman to do something, but I just don't see myself married to Lorne [Michaels,]" she said, zinging her former 'SNL' boss.

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Nine Fantastic Talk Show Guests

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2010 1:00PM
Tom HanksTonight, Tom Hanks will appear on the second episode of the new 'Conan.' Hanks is one of the all-time great talk show guests (and likely a favorite of hosts) because he doesn't do what most people do: simply plug their latest movie, TV show, CD or book.

Very few things on TV are more lame and uncomfortable than watching a talk show where the guest has very little to say and hasn't even planned anything to say or do in advance.

After the jump is my list of nine talk show guests you can count on to be funny, interesting, unpredictable -- and often all three. They're the talk show guests that are "must-see" for me.

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Tina Fey Says Her Husband is a Pack Rat on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 4th 2010 12:45PM
'30 Rock' star Tina Fey is between homes at the moment and is moving from where she's lived for the past six years. During that time, a fair amount of junk has built up in her living space, including useless electronics and other debris courtesy of her husband, she said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Tina Fey Returns as 'Sarah Palin' on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 4th 2010 3:25AM
Tina Fey Returns as 'Sarah Palin' on 'Late Show'Tina Fey hasn't been paying attention to politics lately. In fact, David Letterman had to tell her about the 2010 election, and what the Republicans have been up to: "Last night, they sent America 'a message,'" he said with a rueful grin.

Ms. Fey is so out of the political "loop" that she can't recall how to do her famous "Sarah Palin" impression. But she gave it a shot on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). At Dave's request, she did her version of Sarah Palin -- after pointing out that Palin is going to be hard to live with, following the recent Republican success.

Here is Tina doing "Sarah" -- and commenting on the 2010 GOP comeback, partially led by Palin's "mama grizzly" Tea Party candidates: "All her 'mama grizzlies' are winnin' and they're ... goin' ta Washington, and they're gonna flip your pic-a-nik table, Dave! ... You're gonna hafta tie your food to a tree!"

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'Women of SNL' Special Spoofs 'Real Housewives' Reunions (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 2nd 2010 6:15AM
'Women of SNL' Spoofs 'Real Housewives' ReunionsWith a trove of fabulously funny comediennes reuniting for 'The Women of SNL' special (Mon., 9PM ET on NBC), what better opportunity to spoof all those 'Real Housewives' reunions? Adding routine host Andy Cohen was a nice touch to their pitch-perfect rendition.

The proceedings quickly got contentious when Kristen Wiig said Maya Rudolph "is not classy, because she is not." She explained, "I was leaving the 'SNL' after-party ... and she was hiding in the shadows and she reached out and she pulled. my. weave!" As proof, she held the remains aloft.

When Cheri Oteri called Maya "gawbage," Maya (stiffly) strutted offstage. Rachel Dratch comforted Kristen, shouting, "Kristen, look at me! We are family!"

Tina Fey broke the tension with the announcement of her "dance single ... dropping in December 2014." Her faux-spontaneous performance featured bad lip-syncing to an Auto-Tuned song.

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Tina Fey and Will Ferrell Appear as 'Megamind' Characters on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 29th 2010 2:00PM
Halloween always brings unexpected surprises on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), and this year was no different. Tina Fey and Will Ferrell appear as their characters from 'Megamind' while Matt Lauer and Al Roker show up as Clark Kent and Superman, respectively.

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First Look: Women of 'Saturday Night Live' Go 'Real Housewives'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2010 3:20PM
Women of 'SNL'
When you add the very funny women of 'Saturday Night Live' with the hilarious absurdity that is 'Real Housewives' reunions, what do you get? Gold, from the looks of it.

Check out Bravo host Andy Cohen playing ringmaster with Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Nora Dunn, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch, Cheri Oteri and Kristen Wiig all channeling their best 'Real Housewives.' The segment is set for NBC's 'Women of SNL' special set to air Nov. 1.

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'Night of Too Many Stars' Preview: Celebs Unite for Autism Benefit

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 21st 2010 12:40PM
Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Steve CarrellThe stars are aligning in a big way for Comedy Central.

From Tina Fey to Jeff Garlin, celebrities are uniting for Comedy Central's biennial 'Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education' (Thu., Oct. 21, 9PM ET on Comedy Central).

'The Daily Show' host Jon Stewart has once again been tasked with wrangling the stars for the autism benefit.

Watch clips from the show, including Fey's debut of her 2011 swimsuit calendar. Plus, PopEater hit the blue carpet to chat with Hollywood's finest and funniest.

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'30 Rock' Live Episode: The Cast Previews the Show

by Kelly Woo, posted Oct 13th 2010 6:20PM
30 RockLive from New York ... it's '30 Rock'!

The comedy is taking a page from its NBC sibling 'Saturday Night Live' and airing a live episode Thu., Oct. 14. East Coast viewers will see it first at 8:30PM ET and another version will air for West Coast audiences at 11:30PM ET.

The idea for a live episode came from a benefit performance the cast did during the writers' strike in 2007. And since Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan cut their teeth on 'SNL,' and Jane Krakowski is a Broadway veteran, a live episode seemed like it'd be a piece of cake. The show even took over 'SNL's' home in Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center.

I spoke to Fey, Morgan, Krakowski and Jack McBrayer about their hopes (and fears) for the live show. Plus, they dished about doing a musical episode and their dream guest stars (if there are any left!).

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Tina Fey Plays "Would You Rather" Game on 'Watch What Happens Live' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 1st 2010 9:30AM
Tina Fey Plays Would You Rather on 'Watch What Happens Live'Tina Fey took a game of "Would You Rather" quite seriously on 'Watch What Happens Live' (Thu., 10PM ET on BRVO), occasionally asking host Andy Cohen for more detail before giving her answer.

Included in the rapid-fire Q&A were these gems:
• Would you rather wax Alec Baldwin's back or front? "Top to bottom?" inquired Fey before responding.
• Would you rather do your Sarah Palin impersonation in front of a Tea Party crowd, or sing the National Anthem at the World Series?
• Would you rather spoon Glenn Beck for an evening or take a 10-minute bubble bath with Bill O'Reilly? "Would I be the outer spoon or the inner spoon?" Fey wondered.

Check the video to hear her responses -- and why she nearly took her top off.

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Betty White, Jon Hamm, 'Saturday Night Live' Stars to Honor Tina Fey

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 29th 2010 3:30PM
Tina FeyThe comedy force known as Betty White will be bringing her star power to help honor humor goddess Tina Fey.

Where can you see this very dynamic duo? PBS, of course. According to TV Guide, White, 'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm and a bevy of 'Saturday Night Live' stars and alumni will assemble to honor Fey at Nov. 9 at the ceremony for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, Steven Martin, Lorne Michaels and Jennifer Hudson will also be at the ceremony to honor Fey. Michaels won the award in 2004.

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