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I can't wait until 30 Rock starts up again

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 30th 2009 6:02PM
Tina FeyThe fall season has begun and we have a ton of new and returning shows to watch again. It's great to have The Office and The Mentalist and 60 Minutes and The Simpsons back with new episodes, but I still feel a huge void in my TV-watching pleasure. And it's not because Lost and Chuck won't be back until next year.

I'm talking about 30 Rock. While all of the other NBC Thursday night comedies (Weekend Update Thursday, Parks and Recreation, Community, and The Office) have returned, 30 Rock won't be back until October 15. Not sure why that is, but Thursday nights just aren't the same without it. I even saw a promo for NBC's Thursday night lineup and how the show were back, and they included 30 Rock in the montage. That was just painful.

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A surprisingly serious interview with Tracy Morgan

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 23rd 2009 10:29AM
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It's not that Tracy Morgan is never serious, it's just that when we've seen him on Late Night with Conan O'Brien or on other talk shows, he's pretty out there, almost as if he's doing some version of Tracy Jordan, or at the very least not taking anything at all very seriously.

But in this USA Today interview, he talks rather seriously about his past drinking problems, what it's like on the 30 Rock set, Tina Fey, and all those Emmy nominations. (Video starts automatically so I placed it after the jump.)

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Alec Baldwin shows Jimmy Fallon exactly why he's nominated for an Emmy

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 22nd 2009 1:02PM
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Despite the fact that before 30 Rock Alec Baldwin had primarily been known for his dramatic work, he has long been beloved in the comedy world. He's one of the most frequent hosts of Saturday Night Live, and has become somewhat of an unofficial cast member over the years. He's proven that he has no shame when it comes to comedy, which goes pretty far to explain why he went on SNL alum Jimmy Fallon's show last night in an all-white getup accented by a gold lame scarf, gold boots, and even a gold fanny pack.

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Seven TV dads we're glad aren't ours

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 21st 2009 10:22AM
World's Worst Dad mugFathers' Day should be a time of deep reflection and appreciation for the man who brought you into this world, whether you asked him to or not.

Oh sure, the old man may seem like the worst father of all time sometimes. He yells and screams. He gets on you for growing your hair too long because he knows he couldn't grow hair if he had a Chia Scalp. He constantly walks around the house in his underwear and then scolds you for not eating the sausage Mom made for breakfast.

But a few minor flaws doesn't mean that he's a bad guy. So go out and get him that witty card with the pipe smoking Dad on the cover, pick out a paisley tie that you'll never see him wear and give him a big hug to remind him he's the best. Because he's your old man and he's not one of the seven bastard sons of hell below.

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30 Rock: The Natural Order

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2009 1:05AM
30 Rock (S03E20) "It's the biggest regret of my life, Lemon. And I once made love to Kathy Hilton." - Jack, about not confronting his dad

Oh, come on. There's no way that Liz Lemon would be that incompetent when it comes to replacing a water bottle. It was like she was a mixture of Steve Urkel and Barney Fife, dropping the bottle, getting herself soaked. I mean, she could have at least known that you take the empty jug off before you attempt to put the new one on. That whole scene was odd. It went on a lot longer and was more slapstick-oriented than most 30 Rock gags.

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NBC's new promo: should it be "Tina" or "Liz?"

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 28th 2009 4:30PM
I've seen this promo half a dozen times and I didn't realize that NBC calls Tina Fey "Tina" and not by her character named "Liz."

Now, I'm not posting this because I think NBC made a mistake (I'm sure they actually did mean to say Tina), nor do I think it's important. I'm posting it because it illustrates how things have changed, how the lines between a character and an actor are now a lot more blurred than they used to be. Or maybe NBC just isn't secure in calling Tina by her character name because there's not much recognition, but everyone knows and loves Tina Fey so they say "Tina?" Regardless, can you imagine an X-Files promo ten years ago where they called David Duchovny's character "David" instead of "Mulder?" Or a Golden Girls promo twenty years ago where they called Bea Arthur "Bea" instead of "Dorothy?"

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30 Rock: The Ones

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2009 12:16AM
30 Rock(S03E19) "It's not product placement, I just like it!" - Liz, wearing a Slanket

OK, can we settle this once and for all? Liz Lemon/Tina Fey is not an unattractive woman. I don't care if she's wearing a rumpled TGS sweatshirt or a casual jacket or has glasses on or has her hair tied back or if she's wearing a potato sack or even a track suit. There's no way a snooty jewelry store clerk would look at her and doubt that Alec Baldwin/Jack would marry her.

Yes, she even looks great in a Slanket. Interesting they didn't go with the Snuggie, but also great that they didn't go with the Snuggie (and kudos to Fey for the above shout-out to viewers).

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30 Rock: Jackie Jormp-Jomp

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 17th 2009 12:20AM
30 Rock(S03E18) As longtime readers of these reviews know, I like to list a lot of lines from each episode of 30 Rock. Each episode of the show has a ton of great one-liners and jokes, but there are so many that sometimes I feel like I should forget writing a traditional review and just print a damn transcript of the entire episode. It's seems like that's what I'm on the edge of doing every week anyway.

But there's more to the show than just rapid-fire comedy.

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30 Rock: Cutbacks

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2009 1:52AM
Tina Fey(S03E17) "Top front? Good lord, Lemon, that's your worst quadrant." - Jack, to Liz about what she gave the night before

Well, obviously, what we can learn from this episode of 30 Rock is that sexual favors can probably help save the economy. That's probably something that Suze Orman and Dave Ramsay haven't thought of yet. It seemed to work at NBC, though. It's probably not the most moral solution, but it works in our little TV world.

But I'm worried that we've lost a very funny supporting character tonight.

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Tracy Morgan's real-life WGN interview to be shown on 30 Rock - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2009 5:36PM
Tracy MorganTracy Morgan's real-life antics have been well-documented and have even made it onto 30 Rock itself. At one point, Tracy Jordan was wearing a ankle monitoring bracelet just like Morgan had to. Now another real-life episode is going to make it onto a 30 Rock episode, and this time there's video.

In 2007, Morgan appeared on WGN to not only plug his show but also a stand-up performance he was going to be doing in Illinois. I have no idea if he was buzzed or if he was...well, just Tracy being Tracy, but it's funny. The clip is going to be shown on the April 23 episode of the NBC show. They probably won't show the whole thing but it will be edited to fit into what I'm sure will be a crazy plot involving Tracy Jordan.

Please note that at one point, Morgan crawls up on the anchor desk in front of the news team, lifts up his shirt and makes his stomach go up and down.

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30 Rock: The Bubble

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 20th 2009 12:45AM
Fey and Hamm(S03E15) "His video game made a fortune and he invested all of it in a company that dismantles bank signs. They're doing very well." - Jack, about Tracy

I have to really disagree with Jack and Cerie: Liz Lemon is a bubble person.

Sure, Cerie is hot, but Jack himself admits that he hasn't been great looking since he was 25 and still had really blue eyes. They think Liz is merely nice and "pleasant looking"? That's crazy talk. Tina Fey is a bubble person.

That's a line I never thought I'd actually type, but she is. She really is. Liz should get what she wants a lot more than she does.

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30 Rock: The Funcooker

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 13th 2009 2:40AM
30 Rock(S03E14) "Passing out? Cursing? On St. Patrick's Day? Is nothing sacred?" - Jack

Wasn't it great to see an episode of 30 Rock that revolved around NBC and TGS and the work of the staff? Sure, there was the plot with Liz trying to get out of jury duty, but even that was tied into her work life at the studio. We've had a lot of episodes that had the various characters scattered away from each other, involved with people and places that had nothing to do with NBC, so it's great to see the writing staff working together, Jenna going crazy at the studio, Tracy wanting to take over all of the advertising on the show, and Jack working on a new microwave product.

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30 Rock: Larry King

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 27th 2009 2:55AM
30 Rock(S03E12) "Elisa? I was about to do the whole run to the airport thing, like Ross did on Friends and Liz Lemon did in real life." - Jack

Am I wrong or did something look really weird with Tracy's interview with Larry King? There were a lot of shots of King alone and Tracy alone and only a handful of them together, from odd angles. And it kinda looked like Tracy wasn't even on the same set as King, like they actually did it with special effects, the way they used to have two Patty Dukes on the screen at once. Maybe King and Morgan couldn't film together because they're on different coasts?

Anyway, that's just an observation I had about this episode, which I think was the best of the season so far.

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TV Squad Ten: TV's top second bananas

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 16th 2009 11:09AM
Barney Fife (Don Knotts)So what's a second banana? Well they're certainly not second best. No, in fact they're often the main reason to tune into a particular show. Not because the show's major plotlines revolve around them, in fact they generally don't, but because they liven up every scene they're in. Virtual show-stealers, a good second banana can turn a generic sitcom or drama into television gold. The ultimate wingman on television, there was no greater second banana than my man Barney Fife, brilliantly played by Don Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show, and later Mayberry R.F.D.

When it came time to put together this list, I wondered if I'd be able to find ten viable and qualified bananas on the airwaves today. But I guess I needn't have worried. It looks like Barney was an inspiration (in more ways than one) to the current crop of second bananas. They litter their peels all over the television landscape, leaving us to trip over in laughter time and time again at their antics. But how do they stack up? Who's the biggest fruit in the tree? There's only one way to find out!

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30 Rock: St. Valentine's Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 13th 2009 4:02AM
30 Rock: St. Valentine's Day(S03E11) "Nice ... you mean like stew?" - Liz to Jack, about what dinner to make Drew

OK, I think it's officially time to call out an APB on Josh and the rest of the writing staff. They're missing again this week. Not many supporting characters at all this week. Even Jenna had only one quick (though very funny) scene, while Frank was reduced to just handing off one of the subplots to Kenneth. I really want to see this show get back to some episodes about TGS and NBC and the inner working of the show. It's like TGS is on summer hiatus or something.

Having said that, this episode was quite good.

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