Premiere Date and Time
: Thursday, October 4, 8:30pm
Time Slot Competition
: Ugly Betty
, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader
: Tina Fey
, Alec Baldwin
, Tracy Morgan
, Jane Krakowski
, Jack McBrayer
, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander
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The Emmy nominated 30 Rock
is the second show on NBC's Thursday night comedy lineup. Created by Saturday Night Live
veteran Tina Fey, who also produces, writes and stars, it was one of two “backstage at a sketch comedy show” shows NBC debuted last season. Few expected 30 Rock
would be the one coming back, while Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
died a tortured death.
Many critics and fans agreed the show got a lot better as it progressed, slowly finding the right tone for its off-beat wackiness. Tina Fey stars as Liz Lemon, executive producer of The Girlie Show
, which stars her best friend Jenna (Jane Krakowski). NBC head of programming Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) brings in messed up film star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) to liven up the ratings.
With a surer footing, critical success, and 10 Emmy nominations (including one for Outstanding Comedy Series), 30 Rock
's sophomore season will hopefully be as creatively inspired as fellow Emmy nominee The Office
, which realized its full potential in year two.
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(Photo courtesy of NBC)