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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
The 2007 TV writers strike ended 10 years ago this week: Here's how it changed TV forever
The three-month strike that lasted from November 5, 2007 through February 12, 2008 resulted in David Letterman and Conan O'Brien growing strike beards and the cancelation of the Golden Globes. The strike also unintentionally benefitted shows like Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
Why a reboot of The Office is a bad idea: “We've yet to reach a sufficient period of absence to allow the heart to grow fonder”
It’s only been four years since The Office signed off, as Daniel Fienberg notes. And what made The Office so special, he says, was that it “had an amazing ensemble cast, and they've mostly gone on to be amazing elsewhere. That's the reward for being part of an amazing ensemble, not being pulled back to where you started by a (lucrative) tractor beam.” This isn’t like the Will & Grace reboot, which was a response to Trump’s America. “Even in its prime,” Fienberg adds, “The Office was never as big a hit as Will & Grace, and it definitely left the air seemingly with very little remaining juice after two seasons without original American star Steve Carell. It had a really great finale that brought Carell's Michael Scott back one last time and also gave basically every character an emotional and satisfying resting spot. It was completely on its own terms. It left no meaningful questions (unless you need Scranton Strangler resolution). And it was only four years ago.”
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 4:16PM EDT
Will & Grace becomes the first sitcom to tell a Harvey Weinstein joke since his sexual harassment scandal broke
The Weinstein scandal is only three-weeks-old, yet Will & Grace has already taken a Weinstein jab. On last night’s episode, Karen quips, "What's your next bombshell? Harvey Weinstein isn't always a perfect gentleman?" The episode was filmed just two weeks ago, on Oct. 11, six days after The New York Times dropped its Weinstein bombshell. Will & Grace isn’t the first sitcom to mock Weinstein's for his alleged sexual harassment. 30 Rock did it twice earlier this decade.
Posted Friday 10/20/17 at 1:55PM EDT
Watch the trailer for Judah Friedlander’s America Is the Greatest Country in the United States
The 30 Rock alum’s black-and-white Netflix standup special premieres on Halloween.
Posted Wednesday 10/18/17 at 2:18PM EDT
Hulu's version of 30 Rock has edited out Chris Brown’s name — and replaced it with Ne-Yo
Brown’s name was mentioned in a Season 3 episode that aired just one month after he pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna. The re-editing decision has yet to be explained by Hulu, NBC or Tina Fey.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 11:15PM EDT
Actually, 30 Rock joked about Harvey Weinstein not once, but twice
Jenna Maroney told separate Weinstein sexual aggression jokes in Seasons 6 and 7. In the addition to the previously reported Season 6 joke, Jenna said in a Season 7 episode: “Look, I get it. I know how former lovers can have a hold over you long after they’re gone. In some ways, I’m still pinned under a passed-out Harvey Weinstein, and it’s Thanksgiving.”
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Tina Fey’s Great News character is accused of sexual harassment on this week’s timely episode
Fey is already credited with being prescient on the Harvey Weinstein scandal in a 2012 30 Rock episode. Now she’s playing a character in Great News episode that couldn’t be more timely. In Thursday’s episode, serious sexual harassment allegations surface after Fey’s Diana St. Tropez character is promoted to head of the corporation that owns the network. Of course, the timing of the episode's airing is pure coincidence.
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 5:55PM EDT
Entourage, 30 Rock and Seth MacFarlane all alluded to Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behavior
In several instances the fallen Hollywood mogul's terrible reputation made it to the small screen. Weinstein wasn’t happy with Entourage’s “Harvey Weingard” character, a verbally abusive power player who appeared in Season 2. Kevin Connolly told The Hollywood Reporter that Weinstein gave him an earful about the character, saying, “Tell them if they ever mention my name again, they’re dead.” On 30 Rock, Jenna Maroney said in a 2012 episode, “Oh, please, I’m not afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions. Out of five.” And in 2013, Seth MacFarlane cracked a Weinstein joke while announcing the Oscar nominees with Emma Stone. “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” he said of the five nominees for best supporting actress.
- Entourage “remains the best chronicle of Hollywood sexism”
- Harvey Weinstein has been thanked more than God at the Oscars, one analysis found
- New Girl creator Liz Meriwether recounts her problematic encounter with a powerful man in Hollywood
- Anthony Bourdain slams Weinstein after girlfriend Asia Argento alleged that the mogul raped her
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 3:47PM EDT
In 2012, 30 Rock made a joke alluding to Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment
In a Season 6 episode, Jenna Maroney tells Tracy Jordan, “Oh please, I'm not afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions... out of five.” ALSO: Kathie Lee Gifford says she had a Harvey Weinstein-like experience with another producer.
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 10:24PM EDT
Introducing Storyblocks, the company that buys your video footage and helps place it in TV shows
Storyblocks specializes in selling B-roll footage to TV shows. If Modern Family needs a shot of the sky, it turns to Storyblocks. When 30 Rock needed footage of people outside the U.S. Capitol, it searched Storyblocks' archives. The company’s nearly 200,000 subscribers pay $145 a year for unlimited access to its 100,000 videos, 400,000 photos and 100,000 music clips.
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 4:16PM EDT
Tina Fey’s 12-year-old daughter likes Parks and Rec, but says 30 Rock is “too weird" for her
Fey tells Seth Meyers her eldest daughter, Alice, has been binging on many sitcom classics. Fey adds: “She came to me and said, 'What should I watch now?' I said, 'Well, you're 12 now. A lot of people like 30 Rock.' So, she watched a couple, and she came back out to me and was like, 'Um, it's too weird for me.' I was like, 'Oh, does it make you feel weird because mommy had to pretend to be in love with somebody who wasn't daddy?' She was like, 'No. It was just too weird for me.’ I was like, 'Oh! I thought you meant tonally. 'It's a little too bent!'"
Posted Thursday 9/28/17 at 4:23PM EDT
Great News’ Tracey Wigfield: “This isn’t the Trump show”
The star and creator of NBC's TV news sitcom says Season 2 won’t parallel the real world of the Trump administration. Wigfield points out that President Trump news gets stale fast. “We like to poke fun at news and trends in politics and current events rather than trying to keep up with what’s happening, because you couldn’t,” she says. “This isn’t the Trump show.” ALSO: Great News is the 30 Rock successor we’ve been searching for.
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 3:06PM EDT
Hulu picks up 30 Rock and Parenthood reruns, picks up Paul Reiser’s Johnny Carson sitcom
Tina Fey’s iconic comedy will exit Netflix on Saturday and join Hulu on Sunday. Meanwhile, Hulu will also stream Reiser’s period comedy There’s Johnny, set against the backdrop of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.
Posted Friday 9/15/17 at 2:29AM EDT
Why How I Met Your Mother and 30 Rock are leaving Netflix
HIMYM is moving to Hulu, while Netflix was apparently not interested in renewing 30 Rock’s license.
Posted Monday 9/11/17 at 9:26PM EDT
30 Rock is poised to exit Netflix
The streaming service’s deal to show the Tina Fey comedy expires at the end of the month.