David Anders by Justin Lubin/NBC
Episode Recap: The LineHeroes has never made me lose interest, but it did get off to a slow start. I knew tonight would be a good episode. OK, I hoped tonight would be a great episode. It was the lead-in to November sweeps. However, I didnt want to set my expectations too high. Ive noticed a growing trend with network television: they build up the months of November, February and May for Nielsen ratings, and then leave us hanging. Sometimes, the episodes that air during those sweeping months live up to the abundance of promos, previews and annoying scroll lines under everything you watch. Other times, a ferry crashes and we are left with the letters WTF on our minds. That being said, lets recap.Weve all been through high school hell, and Ive watched the genius of Tina Fey's Mean Girls, but do people like the cheerleading captain really exist? If so, then she got what she deserved. (When she wrote the number of pounds to lose on the girls' f...
Diahann Carroll in Grey's Anatomy by Craig Sjodin/ABC
If you don't like tonight's first-rate episode of Grey's Anatomy, which fires on about as many cylinders as possible (humor and emotion coexisting wonderfully), then you should probably face the fact that you simply don't like Grey's anymore, if you ever did. Diahann Carroll, terrific as the departed Burke's visiting mom, hovers around Seattle Grace this week as a much-needed reality check and conscience for the various characters: including Meredith, who could always use a good dressing-down for her narcissism, and George, who's still dithering about how to do the right thing in his romantic quandary involving wife Callie and obsessive crush Izzie.But Mama Burke is really there for Cristina (the fabulous Sandra Oh), who is frozen emotionally as she surveys the wedding gifts that surround her to remind her of her broken relationship. Work is a thankful distraction (Carnage always trumps rounds, she tells her nameless interns), but she can only hide from Prestons mo...
Alec Baldwin and Jerry Seinfeld, 30 Rock
There'll be no Pez dispensers, puffy shirts or Junior Mints in sight. Still, the Emmy-winning 30 Rock's Oct. 4 season premiere (8:30/ET) will seem like a trip back in time as Jerry Seinfeld returns to Must-See TV for a sidesplitting one-night stand. Fans have Seinfeld's upcoming animated feature, Bee Movie, to thank for the comedic legend's return to Thursday night. While Seinfeld was working on NBC promos for the flick, network cochairman Ben Silverman asked the comic if he'd be interested in appearing on 30 Rock. Jerry was all over the idea. "I like Tina Fey. I think she's very bright. I like the whole vibe," Seinfeld says. "So I thought, 'Yeah, I could see myself on that show.'"
But here's what really sealed the deal: "I'm a gigantic fan of
"Hopefully this will help us a little," Fey said, holding her Emmy and looking rather fabulous. And maybe it will make that red-headed-stepchild feeling go away. "Because we shoot in New York and we're not the highest-rated show, I feel a lot of the time we're not actually on TV," she laments. "[The Emmy win] legitimizes us a little bit. I myself am going to celebrate by overeating." As for Alec Baldwin coming up empty in the lead-actor race, Fey frowns, "I really thought he'd win." And for The Office's Steve Carell to not best Ricky Gervais either, she says, "was crazy, right?"
Tina Fey by John Shearer/WireImage.com
I pity the fool who wagered on a send-off Sopranos landslide in their office Emmy pool. Although the HBO hit walked away with best-drama, writing and directing statuettes, Boston Legal barrister James Spader beat James Gandolfini for best actor, while Brothers & Sisters mom Sally Field won best actress over Edie Falco.On the lighter side, 30 Rock took best comedy, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera won best actress, and Extras mastermind Ricky Gervais was awarded best actor. (OK, Steve Carell actually took that last one, because Gervais wasn't there to collect it himself.)For a complete list of winners, click here. And if you missed a minute of the ceremony, click here, because I didn't, and I'm gonna have the nightmares about Ryan Seacrest dressed up like Jonathan Rhys Meyers to prove it. Reporting by Ben KatnerRelated: Emmy Ratings... Out! Smallest Audience Since 1990, Backstage with the Winners
11:02: We're in overtime. "I would say hi to my boys, but I can't remember their names," Patricia Heaton is saying. I'm with ya, sister.11:02:30: 30 Rock wins best comedy. Poor Betty. Tina Fey thanks NBC boss Ben Silverman in advance for keeping them on the air for the next six years. 11:04: Cute, Tina just thanked the show's "dozens and dozens of viewers."11:10: Tom Selleck's date looks bored out of her mind while giving The Sopranos a standing O for their best-drama win. David Chase is thanking all the musicians who worked on the show. Huh?11:11: Chase is saying gangsters send their kids to school, and maybe this country is run by gangsters. Or something. This is why writers are writers and not speakers. And on that note, I'm gonna shut up and go look in a mirror. Now that I'm not an Emmy-blogging virgin anymore, I wanna see if what they say is true and that I'll really look different. Written by Ben Katner
OK, again, digging yall who checked in last week. The fun we had, huh? And what better way to recover from the lost joys of The Land of the Lost than with some love for the City of Brotherly Love. As bhm1304 guessed last week, the best FX sitcom youre not watching is
Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.Granted, while its not really always sunny here, as a right proud Philly boy who just spent Labor Day wandering Center City, reading in Rittenhouse Square and chowing down on The Continentals insane crab Pad Thai, I have to say that this town does indeed rock.Much like this dirty little gem. Centered on foul-mouthed pub owners Mac, Charlie and Dennis, his barmaid sister Sweet Dee and a still unnamed coffee-shop waitress who could teach Friends Gunther a thing or two about stealing scenes, Sunny is best compared to Seinfeld
if Jerrys posse had less morals and raging drinking problems. Once Danny DeVito joins in for season 2 as Dee and Dennis...
Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC Universal Photo
30 Rockers Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick are among the latest adds to the list of presenters for the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 16 on Fox. Per the Reporter, other newly announced presenters include Marcia Cross, Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.Related: Emmy Presenters Include Office Boss and Jack Bauer
Tina Fey visits Sesame Street.
Sesame Street (PBS, 9am/ET) begins its 38th season today with a visit from funny lady Tina Fey, who in a pirate-themed sketch not only displays her comic chops but a talent for singing, which she does in a musical number with Elmo. We spoke to Fey about her appearance on the kiddie fave, as well as the upcoming season of her sitcom 30 Rock.
TV Guide: Tell us about landing the Sesame gig. Tina Fey: You get that call and, of course, the answer is immediately "yes." It's such an institution. I think there are similarities between Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street — [both] are massively influential cultural institutions that are unique to New York and started close to the same time. There is lot of overlap in a weird way.
Rainn Wilson, Neil Patrick Harris and Sally Field are among this year's Emmy nominees.
We know what you think about the nominees for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, but what do the lucky nominees have to say about their good fortune? Some of your favorites reveal what went through their minds as the good news got out.
Doug Ellin, executive producer of Entourage (Outstanding Comedy Series nominee) "The New York Times called Entourage the best show in its first season. If for some reason [the voters] appreciate it more and we win this time, there's nothing we've consciously done to change it.... I spoke to Jeremy [Piven], who's in London doing a movie, and I'm playing golf with Kevin [Dillon] in about two hours. Jeremy is kind of our home-run hitter, I knew he was going to get nominated, and when Kevin and Martin Landau also got nominated, it was just great."
Tim Kring, executi