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Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos
Saturday Night Live's Season 43 finale was even more star-studded than the Stormy Daniels episode two weeks ago. It began with a cold open homage to The Sopranos' 2007 series finale, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their roles as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Then, in a monologue that addressed criticism that the show has become too dependent on celebrity cameos, Tina Fey interacted with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and recent host Donald Glover, whom Fey hired to write for 30 Rock. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman also made cameos. So did Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who appeared in a "Mean Girls" sketch, and who has worked with his wife as a composer on 30 Rock, SNL and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Watch Tina Fey give a 360-degree YouTube tour of the SNL studio
- SNL spoofs Dick Wolf's NBC Chicago shows with "Chicago Improv" sketch
- Fey revived her Sarah Palin impression late in the show
- Watch Nicki Minaj perform with Fey in "Friendship Song" sketch that was cut for time
- Aidy Bryant portrayed the Oakland BBQ woman, who has become an internet meme
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Tina Fey says 30 Rock fans shouldn't expect "a straight reboot because that would be too easy"
Fey told Jimmy Fallon that, yes, she and collaborator Robert Carlock have discussed potentially reviving 30 Rock. "We're trying to think of a way to do something. What should we do?" she said on The Tonight Show, joking that the reboot could be set in a dystopian future or have a Muppet Babies twist. Fey also joked that saying "maybe" to red carpet questions about a 30 Rock revival means she was "thirsty for internet attention." ALSO: Jimmy Fallon choked up while paying tribute last night to Fey.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Jane Krakowski on the potential of a 30 Rock revival: "There's definitely been talk and conversations"
A 30 Rock revival, she says, "would be a dream come true. We all had the greatest time on that show."
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
The Last O.G. allows Tracy Morgan to reveal a range and nuance he’s not had the chance to show us before
"It's nice to see Tracy Morgan on his own terms" after years trying to be funny on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, says Richard Lawson. He adds that "there always was—especially on 30 Rock—an undertone of condescension in the way Morgan was positioned on those shows, a sense that he was merely being asked to do his Tracy Morgan thing without much thought or interrogation behind it." On The Last O.G., we get to see Morgan on a series that is "blunt and funny and heartwarming, a perfectly calibrated mix of bawdy silliness and sincere feeling," says Lawson, adding: "It’s a good-natured series, anchored by Morgan’s friendly, gregarious performance. Tray sports a few of the absurdist stripes we saw in 30 Rock’s Tracy Jordan—but he’s grounded, too, a nice guy underscored with pain, notes Morgan plays fluidly. Morgan is also a master of reactions; it’s a pleasure just watching Tray observe things, processing the world and the people in it. Morgan’s work is keenly felt, richly detailed. He’s howlingly funny, and makes me want to see him in a straight drama."
- The Last O.G. has the narrative elements of a hard-hitting drama, explored through physical comedy and silly one-liners
- The Last O.G. is thoughtful, and likely to clash against the expectations of what a Tracy Morgan comedy should be
- It feels like a reluctant comedy as Morgan comes to terms with himself at a fictional remove
- Working opposite Morgan, Tiffany Haddish dials down her renowned ability to play crazy in service of her character
- The Last O.G. seems overburdened, as if scurrying from one theme to the next
- "I've been thinking about this show for eight years," says Morgan
- Co-creator Jordan Peele and Morgan recall meeting, with Morgan saying: "You gotta get that guy Jordan. I wanna be a part of that magic"
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Happy 60th birthday, Alec Baldwin!
"60 years. I’m truly speechless...," Baldwin wrote on Instagram in celebrating the Big 6-0 today.
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.