BuddyTV Fall 2008 Preview: 30 Rock
BuddyTV Fall 2008 Preview: 30 Rock
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Network: NBC

Thursday, October 30, 9:30pm

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Judah Friedlander

Previously on 30 Rock:
Jack got a job in the government, but after seeing the troubling state of things, conspired to get fired.  Tracy finished work on his porn computer game.  Liz thought she was pregnant with Dennis's baby, but it was a false alarm.  Liz decided she wants to adopt.
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan converge to form a comedy triumvirate like no other.  They're comic sensibilities are so unique and specific, so diverse, that it's a wonder they can share a screen at all.  You have to credit Tina Fey for her ability to balance the three voices in the writers' room.  Fey was uniquely qualified to do so, seeing as she wrote extensive for herself, Baldwin and Tracy Morgan during her time on Saturday Night Live.  I find all three hilarious in their own right, but even if you can't stand one of them, you can still enjoy 30 Rock as a whole.  Such is the beauty of not playing to one specific tone. 

I remember thinking to myself in anticipation of 30 Rock's season one premiere how terrible an idea the series was.  I thought Tina Fey was crazy (or desperate) in creating a backstage comedy that was so closely associated to Saturday Night Live.  Unlike Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, however, Fey opted not to linger on the ins and outs of putting on an actual television show, instead merely basing the action on the intricacies of the characters. 

Season 2 of 30 Rock built upon the surprising success of 30 Rock's first season.  Comedies tend to improve until their fourth of fifth seasons, and I expect 30 Rock to bring the goods for at least the next few seasons.  I worry somewhat about the Liz-adoption story line, but I've got faith in Tina Fey to make it palatable. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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