Articles for 30 Rock Season 1

Fall 2006 New Shows Rank: #7Gist of the Show: 30 Rock shows the adventures of the Head Writer (Tina Fey) of a sketch comedy show (very similar to "Saturday Night Live", the former employer of 30 Rock cast members Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Tracy Morgan).Cast Member Looking To Reclaim Former Glory: Tracy Morgan, an underrated comedic talent who has fallen off the face of the earth since leaving SNL.Similar in Theme to: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, "The Larry Sanders Show"Time Slot Competition:Dancing With the Stars, America‘s Next Top ModelLikelihood of Second Season:75%Final Word:The buzz on the pilot has been less than stellar, but Tina Fey (as former Head Writer on SNL) will be getting a lot of internal support from NBC. The question whether the more-hyped (and far superior) Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, with it‘s almost identical theme, will take away 30 Rock‘s audience. Since both shows are on NBC, and both shows have a lot of high-profile talent involved, a firestorm could be brewing if one wildly outperforms the other. The potential is there for 30 Rock and I‘ll be rooting for it.-Oscar Dahl Read more »
Today, Lorne Michaels officially announced the final cast for SNL‘s 2006-2007 season. From last year‘s ensemble of sixteen, five are gone and no new cast have been added, making this year‘s unit (11 members) one of the smallest in the late night stalwarts lengthy run. Amy Poehler, Seth Myers, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Maya Rudolph, Darrel Hammond, Will Forte and Fred Armisen return. Lorne Michaels was bestowed with massive budget cuts as SNL‘s ratings have gone down and, instead of producing fewer episodes, Lorne Michaels decided to retain fewer players instead. This news isn‘t shocking. Frankly, it‘s necessary. Tine Fey‘s exit (to work on sitcom 30 Rock) was long overdue. Under her reign as Head Writer, SNL‘s quality submarined as ratings dipped. The renaissance of SNL during the Will Ferrel era has long passed and some new life was needed. Last year‘s crop of new cast members (Wiig, Sudeikis, Hader, and Samberg) showed much potential last year, and Michaels is hoping this new batch of talent brings SNL back to it‘s old heights. Viewers are (rightfully) pessismistic about SNL these days, but what few people realize is that SNL has always ridden a wave of quality, often dipping to unfunny lows before bouncing back to consistent hilarity.Prediction: By the middle of this year, SNL will be back, funny as ever, avoiding the death knell that so many pundits are expecting. -Oscar Dahl Read more »
30 Rock30 Rock is just getting going, and its not anywhere near where it could be within a year or so. Tha talent is certainly there with Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan. The show just hasn‘t totally found itself yet. It may end up burning out, but my guess is that it will become one of our most solid comedies. If it doesn‘t get canceled, that is.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Tonight marks the first time since "Seinfeld" was on the air that NBC can truly say Thursday is Must-See TV. It‘s rare these days to find a two-hour block of comedy on network television, let alone good comedy. Comprised of, in order, My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock, NBC‘s new Thursday night schedule is the biggest coup of the season, at least to me. NBC may be struggling these days, but I really like what they‘ve done this season. They only canceled one show I liked (Kidnapped), and kept on two very good shows (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Friday Night Lights) that have been receiving mediocre ratings.  Read more »
Jack DonaghyActor: Alec BaldwinShow: 30 RockThe new network executive/microwave entrpeneur of a fictional NBC is the nightmare of all bosses, especially for Tina Fey‘s Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. Alec Baldwin plays Jack Donaghy as an egotistical, abrasive, ruthless man who, much to the chagrin of everyone, gets the job done. Add to this that he‘s also one of the funniest new characters on TV this season, and Jack is a a spectacular villain.#10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Yesterday, The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for their annual end of the year awards. This is the season for awards and, while largely inconsequential, I‘m a sucker for all of it. I love awards, I love nominations. I like to intelligently discuss (read: argue incoherently) the nominations with my friends and foes. Whose deserving? Who got the shaft? All good topics.The Writers Guild are, obviously, concerned with the written aspects of television, so it‘s right up my alley. I‘m generally in agreement with the group‘s nominees this year, although I have a couple of minor nitpicks.The nominees are... Read more »
Well, so it begins. The carousel is getting started and the under performing television programs are meeting their inevitable fates. I don‘t totally disagree with anything that either FOX or NBC are doing, but I always question the point of producing shows that any normal guy could see were destined for failure.Who on earth thought that the Lithgow/Tambor golden years comedy 20 Good Years would succeed? Anyone? Well, no more. 20 Good Years has been given the old boot and will be replaced by, to add insult to injury, a special two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser. Ouch.Here‘s the complete rundown of the changes: Read more »
I know we ran through this last week, but there have been more changes and a boatload more speculation since then regarding the new prime time schedules for the major networks. Sweeps is a key time for re-tooling schedules, and once all the mid-season replacements are placed, the network‘s hands are pretty much tied. There‘s no turning back.In the past few days there have been some mildly surprising announcements (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip receiving a full-season pickup, Men In Trees to air post-Grey‘s Anatomy) and there are sure to be some more in the coming week, especially when NBC announces their Winter schedule and ABC decides what to do with their new/departing shows scheduling quagmire. Thanks, mostly to Variety, here is what we know at this point. Read more »
It was announced today that the Tina Fey created comedy 30 Rock will be picked for its entire rookie season, despite mediocre ratings. Whether this is due in part (or in full) to 30 Rock receiving its highest ratings ever last night, we don‘t know. In it‘s first Thursday night go around yesterday, 30 Rock garnered 6.6 million viewers, easily its largest audience to date. This still placed it third in it‘s time slot but, considering that they were against Grey‘s Anatomy and CSI, it‘s forgivable.30 Rock has the potential to be as good as any comedy on TV. It has a competent and alluring leader (Tina Fey), a unique comedic presence (Tracy Morgan), and a go-to guy with pedigree (Alec Baldwin). There‘s no reason it shouldn‘t succeed, especially given its current post-Scrubs time slot. Read more »
It looks like the scheduling moves paid off for NBC. Finally. Who would‘ve guessed that your ratings would benefit from putting your four best comedies all in a row? What a crazy plan. 30 Rock and Scrubs both received a large bump in ratings in their first night as the second hour of NBC‘s Thursday night comedy block. 30 Rock increased almost 25% over it‘s average season ratings. This can be fully attributed to the change in scheduling, 30 Rock now following The Office instead of 20 Good Years. Scrubs also increased about 25% on its average ratings from last season. This may be a bit of a misnomer, given that Thursday‘s episode was its season premiere (and, as we all know, season premieres receive higher ratings). Read more »
My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock, all in a row. Could a comedy lover ask for more? NBC, finally, wisely, brought back the Must-See Thursday line-up, a sight for sore eyes. Live action comedy has been in dire straits over the last few years; this NBC line-up comprises four of the best five live-action comedies on network TV.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
The category of Best Actor in a Comedy Series has always been full of heavyweights. This year is no different. The Golden Globe nominees in this category are big names and all quite deserving, but I have a couple questions (though they may be deemed moot for eligibility reasons). The dearth of comedy on TV these days has thinned out the field, but what remains is still formidable.Digressing for a second; Isn‘t it about time we nominate voice actors in a category? Think about who would be nominated in a Best Voice Actor - Comedy category: Read more »
The nominees for the Screen Actors Guild awards were announced today and, as always, prove to be a nice barometer of who really deserves these end-of-the-year acting nominations. Since SAG is comprised of actors, there is no group more qualified to dole out acting awards than them. Therefore, I trusts these awards and nominations more than any other acting nominations.This is not to say I don‘t disagree with some of their choices. I do. My biggest qualms actually come from their film nominees, but we won‘t get into to that. The nominations in each TV category are after the jump, with commentary.  Read more »
Incredibly talented, Tina Fey stands out in the entertainment scene as she branches out to different media outlets in film, theater, and television. Comical and undeniably pretty, she has established herself not only as an actress, but as a creative writer, a versatile comedian, and a brilliant producer as well. Ultimately, she became part of the hilarious show 30 Rock that showcases her uproarious antics. Read more »
Amazingly funny, Tracy Morgan gives the viewers as taste of his witty gags with his inclusion on the show 30 Rock. A man with million faces, he impressively does a variety of impressions and impersonations, which definitely gets the crowd cracking. Moreover, his potential to be a very successful comedian appears to be bright and promising. Read more »
Alec Baldwin, star of the comedy series 30 Rock, is reportedly going to help Pvt. Resha Kane, an 18-year old female army soldier who is set to serve in Iraq. The actor was inspired and was moved by the Kane’s story last month on the New York Times which featured her last day with her friends and family prior to her training in preparation for going to Iraq. In fact, Baldwin personally tracked down Kane’s mother at a discount store to offer educational assistance for Kane.According to Matthew Hiltzik, spokesman of Baldwin, the actor thought about his own daughter upon reading the story of Kane. Baldwin is set to give a check amounting to $37,000 which will be used for Kane’s college education. The exact meeting date will be decided next week. "He himself tried to find the family, and he was very happy he was able to connect with them," Hiltzik said. "It‘s a great example that people of different backgrounds can agree on the importance of supporting our troops." Read more »
Much has been made of the fact that NBC has two new shows that take place behind-the-scenes of a late night sketch-comedy show. But it shouldn‘t be a big deal at all. The two shows have little, if anything, in common outside of the basic premise. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is an hour-long drama from "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin. 30 Rock is something entirely different. Read more »
The feud between 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin and his ex-wife, Academy-Award winner Kim Basinger, further escalated after Baldwin’s furious voicemail to their 11-year old daughter, Ireland, was released by late Wednesday. Following the exposure of the recording, Baldwin’s spokesperson stated that the 49-year old actor will be "keeping his mouth shut and obeying court orders.”  Read more »
As the news networks repeatedly air the leaked recordings of Alec Baldwin verbally disciplining an answering machine, the controversy has apparently led the actor to have second thoughts about his devotion to his craft in general. According to a recent interview in ABC’s The View, Baldwin reportedly mentioned his desire to quit 30 Rock in order to spend more time fulfilling his duties as a parent.To fans of the Golden Globe award-winning series, this could mark the beginning of the end of their new favorite show. Baldwin’s portrayal of the smarmy network executive, along with the ever-so-subtle-yet-slowly-blossoming flirtation between his character and creator Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, is one of the main draws of the new sitcom. Through his bizarre critiques of Liz Lemon’s daily life to his equally strange comradery with Tracy Morgan’s outrageous character, Tracy Jordan, the veteran actor succeeds in the unlikely task of making his elitist and chauvinistic Jack Donaghy oddly sympathetic. On top of that, Baldwin’s name recognition is undoubtedly one of the larges factors that contributed to the show’s initial success and its renewal for a second season. Read more »
Alec Baldwin isn’t the only 30 Rock actor who has been making controversial news lately. 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan has been accused by a deejay in Florida named Yuleika DeCastro, for “allegedly” groping her. According to the Miami Herald, police are looking to question the 38-year old comedic actor.Yuleika DeCastro, also known as Sandy Domingo on the air, has filed a complaint on Friday, May 11, for misdemeanor battery. Based on DeCastro’s allegation, Morgan has walked into her studio at Mega 94.9 after finishing his interview with another station on Big 105.9’s Paul & Young Ron morning show, and has grabbed her arms, has kissed the back of her head and has laid his head on her lap. Read more »
I used to judge comedies on how many times I laughed-out-loud while watching. You‘d think this is a reasonable, practical formula to judge something whose purpose is to induce laughter. Yet, it doesn‘t always work that way. Some comedies have a feel, a vibe that goes down smooth and makes up for a lack of laughs. This is unquantifiable, obviously, and there is sure to be disagreement regarding with what programs this phenomenon occurs. However, I think we can all agree that it does occur. It‘s the reason people actually pay to see Reese Witherspoon romantic comedies; those films aren‘t that good or particularly funny, but the audience feels comfortable around her. Tina Fey does the same thing; there are funnier shows on TV than 30 Rock, but not many are as fun to hang out with. For a half an hour. Read more »
In an uncommon sign of good sense, NBC has announced that they‘ll attempt to rekindle that old "Must See TV" magic and schedule the network‘s four best comedies from 8-10PM on Thursday nights. In order, NBC will air My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock one after the other.Thank the Lord. I can‘t believe it‘s taken this long for NBC to consolidate the (far and away) best comedies they produce. Those fours shows are, arguably, the four best live-action comedies on TV today (although, How I Met Your Mother might have something to say about that). What took NBC so long?  Read more »
Finally.After a month of holidays, egg nog, and more Snoopy and Ralphie Parker than one knows what to do with, we‘re finally back to normal. January is upon us, 2007 has begun its tyrannical, 300-plus day reign, and our favorite TV shows will no longer bludgeon us with repeats. Tomorrow, January 3rd, brings the return of a couple of our favorites, as well as two brand new shows.After that, the flood begins, and over the next month virtually every original program will air new episodes. A full list of the returning dates for most every show on television is after the jump. Read more »