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!
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.
August 15, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
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?
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC (my guess for winner)
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC
Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC
Claire Danes, Homeland, 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 Moss, Mad Men, AMC (winner, maybe?)
Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC (winner, more certain)
Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Louie, FX (maybe?)
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC (definitely)
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: (I don’t know and I don’t care)
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix
Louis C.K., Louie, FX
Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO (hope it’s her)
Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC (will be her)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: (I don’t care)
Adam Driver, Girls, HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC
Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC
Tony Hale, Veep, HBO
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: (I don’t care)
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC
Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC
Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC (my guess for winner)
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC (my guess for winner)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS
Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC
July 19, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
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?
February 1, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
I don’t watch 30 Rock, but I’m in-the-know enough to know that Katrina Bowden plays a cute, ditzy assistant on the show. She comes across as quirky and likable, but really, Esquire? Sexiest Woman Alive? I’ll give you that she’s definitely above average, and I’d rank her looks above my own, but I’m not sure if I’d really bat an eye if I saw her walking along the beaches here by my house, you know?
She’s pretty, she’s built well, but all in all, she looks like she could be an Olsen twin – and you guys KNOW how much they freak me out.
What do you say – sexiest woman alive, or are there much, much sexier?
April 8, 2011 at 7:30 am by Sarah
30 Rock’s Cerie, played by actress Katrina Bowden, attended a CMJ kick-off party hosted by The Street Syndicate (a small but dedicated media promotions company based in New Jersey) at Rebel NYC on Monday. The party is held annually to mark the start of the week-long Music Marathon and Film Festival. The party offered entertainment by Nada Surf and delicious beers by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Katrina was spotted kissing a gentleman much shorter and much less attractive than she is while watching other attendees sing karaoke. It was shocking how beautiful she is in real life.
On Sunday night, former NBA player Charles Barkley was spotted with friends in one of New York City’s finest cigar lounges, The Carnegie Club. Although Sir Charles has a bad boy reputation, he was all class on Sunday buying a round for the entire bar. He looked dapper in a button down striped shirt and was seen chatting it up with former boxer, Renaldo Snipes, and two unknown but beautiful blonds at the bar. Charles Barkley, a current resident of Scottsdale, AZ, was in town to be a guest on The David Letterman Show.
October 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm by skipabeet
Late last year Tina Fey mentioned in an interview that Matt Damon was one of her top picks for a potential 30 Rock guest spot. Of course upon hearing this, Matt Damon was not only down to grant Tina her wish, he seemed almost desperate to give the collaboration a shot, saying at the time, “I would do [30 Rock] in a heartbeat if they asked me to come on. She should call my people — or even better me. Or I could call her. Let’s make this happen.”
Then today it was announced that it will totally be happening. Amazing! Yes, Matt Damon’s a great dramatic actor, but he’s always brought the laughs. His guest stint on Will & Grace still makes me giggle and he was pretty good natured when Sarah Silverman announced to the world that they were fucking. And he’s hot for days. Per usual, there are no details about what kind of character Matt will play, but the safe bet is that he’ll be another man for Jenna.
The episode will most likely air at the end of the season. Get excited!