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Tina Fey’s Working On a New Show!

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30 Rock is easily one of the best comedies to have aired in the past 10 years, but unfortunately we said goodbye to it once and for all earlier this year after seven great seasons. Tina Fey was the mastermind behind the show, and everyone has been waiting to see what she’d do with that NBC development deal she’s been keeping safely tucked away. Seems like we finally got some news on that: she’s developing a new show!

From Deadline:

30 Rock creator/co-showrunner Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock are back in business together and with NBC, backing another female-centered workplace project by a young female comedy writer. NBC has bought an untitled comedy from 30 Rock writer-producer Colleen McGuinness, which is being executive produced by Fey and Carlock through Universal Television, where both are based. Written and executive produced by McGuinness, the project, said to be in the vein of Cheers, is a character-driven workplace comedy where a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father finds a new home and family on Fire Island. This marks the first project from Fey’s Little Stranger production company under the four-year deal she inked with Uni TV last fall.

I’m not sure how I feel about the premise of the show, especially since Fey’s level of involvement is unclear from this initial report. I know a lot of people think she’s overrated, but she knows scripted comedy, that much is for sure.

2013 Emmy Nominations, In Case You Care

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Time once again for television, film’s ugly little sister, to get its dues! Here are the nominees for the millionth Emmy Awards. Or, at least the interesting noms. The rest can be found at USA Today. Who do YOU think is going to win? Who are you SURE is going to lose?

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC (my guess for winner)
Jeff DanielsThe Newsroom, HBO
Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC
Damian LewisHomeland, Showtime
Kevin SpaceyHouse of Cards, Netflix

Connie BrittonNashville, ABC
Claire DanesHomeland, Showtime (hope she wins so she doesn’t have to do interior decorating)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E
Elisabeth MossMad Men, AMC (winner, maybe?)
Kerry WashingtonScandal, ABC (winner, more certain)
Robin WrightHouse of Cards, Netflix

The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Girls, HBO
Louie, FX (maybe?)
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC (definitely)
Veep, HBO

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: (I don’t know and I don’t care)
Jason BatemanArrested Development, Netflix
Louis C.K.Louie, FX
Don CheadleHouse of Lies, Showtime
Matt LeBlancEpisodes, Showtime
Jim ParsonsBig Bang Theory, CBS
Alec Baldwin30 Rock, NBC

Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO (hope it’s her)
Tiny Fey30 Rock, NBC (will be her)
Amy PoehlerParks and Recreation, NBC
Julia Louis-DreyfusVeep, HBO
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Adam Driver, Girls, HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC
Ty BurrellModern Family, ABC
Bill HaderSaturday Night Live, NBC
Tony HaleVeep, HBO

Mayim BialikThe Big Bang Theory, CBS
Jane LynchGlee, Fox
Sofia VergaraModern Family, ABC
Julie BowenModern Family, ABC
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Jane Krakowski30 Rock, NBC
Anna ChlumskyVeep, HBO

DRAMA SERIES: (I think these are all evenly matched)
Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton AbbeyPBS
Game of ThronesHBO
House of CardsNetflix
Mad MenAMC

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk EmpireHBO
Jonathan BanksBreaking BadAMC (my guess for winner)
Aaron Paul, Breaking BadAMC
Jim Carter, Downton AbbeyPBS
Peter Dinklage, Game of ThronesHBO
Mandy PatinkinHomelandShowtime

Anna GunnBreaking BadAMC (my guess for winner)
Maggie SmithDownton AbbeyPBS
Emilia ClarkeGame of ThronesHBO
Christine BaranskiThe Good WifeCBS
Morena BaccarinHomelandShowtime
Christina Hendricks, Mad MenAMC


Tina Fey Is Surprised ’30 Rock’ Made It Past Season 1

There was a time when talking about 30 Rock would have been really niche – a time before Tina Fey had ever met Oprah or hosted the Golden Globes with real-life homegirl Amy Poehler (who I also adore); a time when she was best known as the chick with glasses who hosted Weekend Update on SNL next to Jimmy Fallon, who used to be a total hunk and kind of still is. Anyway, I digress.

30 Rock aired its final episode on Thursday night after seven occasionally rocky but generally irreverent, strange and absolutely hilarious seasons and it’s safe to say it’ll be missed from NBC’s comedy line-up. Hell, it’ll be missed from any network’s line-up. Liz Lemon, brilliantly embodied by Tina, unwittingly became a mascot for a new, more relaxed brand of feminism and confronted issues of race, class, sexuality, misogyny and more in a satirical and sometimes uncomfortably spot-on way that was so clever, we often found ourselves laughing before what the characters were really saying sunk in.

On paper, 30 Rock never should have worked. It was overtly topical and offered brutal commentary on social issues that most people – particularly the white, middle-class demographic that Liz Lemon herself inhabited – could never accept, let alone warm to. Of course they eventually did, as the show has been lauded by critics, awards ceremonies and fans alike. Still, even Tina Fey thought 30 Rock didn’t stand a chance in hell to stay on the air past the first season.

She told TV Guide:

“This absolutely should have been 12 episodes, so people could say, ‘That show was amazing. I can’t believe it was canceled.’ The fact that we got far enough along that those same people can now say, ‘It’s not good anymore’ is a triumph in itself.”

We’re definitely glad that didn’t happen. If it had, we wouldn’t have got to see Alec Baldwin’s Jack as Thomas Jefferson, who rode a horse all the way from heaven to give Tracy an important message, Jane Krasinski’s Jenna method acting for a Janis Joplin biopic (which became Jackie Jormp-Jomp due to licensing issues) or James Franco fall in love with his Japanese body pillow, Kimiko. And those are just to name a few. What were your favorite 30 Rock moments?