Tina Fey by Heidi Gutman/NBC Photo; Maya Rudolph by Dana Edelson/NBC Universal Photo
Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels hopes to lure back Maya Rudolph to play Michelle Obama, and also has an answer to whether Tina Fey will play Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: Maybe. "There have been discussions," Michaels said Thursday, when asked about the possibility of Fey returning. "They're ongoing."Given that Michaels also exec-produces Fey's 30 Rock, she shouldn't be hard to lock in.The Not Ready for Primetime Players read through a possible Palin skit Wednesday for Saturday's season premiere, hosted by Michael Phelps. The show's Casey Wilson handled Palin duties in the read-through, which helps the show narrow down sketches for show night.But Michaels said he worried the Palin skit might need updating after Palin's first major interview with ABC's Charles Gibson. And of course, no sketch is guaranteed to air. "If you're not doing what just happened... then it's not going to work," he said.Phelps, for his part, says he's ready to go live. "I'm more nervous doing ...
Ellen DeGeneres by Jeffrey Mayer/ WireImage.com
CoverGirl made a bold, unconventional choice this week when they announced that Ellen DeGeneres would be the new face of the beauty brand, following in the footsteps of Christie Brinkley, Queen Latifah and Drew Barrymore.Who else do you think deserves the CoverGirl treatment? 30 Rock's Tina Fey has already nabbed a Marie Claire cover. Oscar nominee Ellen Page would make one righteous home skillet. How about unusual TV beauties Weeds' Allie Grant or Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss? Chandra Wilson? Sandra Oh? Or, um, the entire cast of Grey's Anatomy?What do you think? Tell us your unconventional CoverGirls.
Desperate Housewives by Andrew Eccles/ABC
Some Desperate Housewives and two Baby Mamas will take to the Emmy stage next month.ABC has announced the first wave of Emmy Award presenters, and they include the ladies of Wisteria Lane Marcia Cross, Dana Delany, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker and Nicollette Sheridan who will all present together, and former Saturday Night Live chums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler."It's always fun to come up with unique pairings, cast reunions and surprising personalities as presenters on the Emmy show, and this year weve got a number of those, beginning with our first presenter announcement today," Ken Ehrlich, the show's executive producer, said. "And the good news is, we've got plenty more to come."Also set to grace the NOKIA Theatre stage are Hugh Laurie and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, both of whom are nominated, for House and The New Adventures of Old Christine, respectively.Fey and Poehler are up for statuettes as well. Fey can take home four trophies while Poehle...
Mad Men courtesy AMC
In case you hadnt heard, AMCs Mad Men is not only a hit with the Emmy voters (the most nominated drama this year, with 16) but its a bona fide critics darling, walking away with three Television Critics Association Awards over the weekend at the 24th annual ceremony in Beverly Hills. Mad Men won for new program, outstanding achievement in drama and program of the year, prompting Emmy-nominated co-star John Slattery to quip (during one of the shows several acceptance speeches), How glad I am that the message of smoking, drinking and whoring Mad Men puts across has registered with the TCAs.Jon Hamm, also an Emmy nominee, thanked reality shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love (all three seasons) and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader for pushing the envelope so far that way that there was a place kind of on this side for us to sneak in.HBOs epic John Adams miniseries won two awards, for Paul ...
Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin by Nicole Rivelli/NBC
Cheers to 30 Rock for not being afraid to rock the boat or the vote. The Emmy-winning sitcom has always gleefully bitten the corporate hand that feeds it, satirizing NBC and its parent company, GE. But during the election campaign, 30 Rock's gags have turned surprisingly political, taking shots at Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and President Bush (Jack Donaghy, who took a job with the administration alongside Matthew Broderick's king-of-denial Cooter Burger, proudly referred to Dubya not as a "lame duck" but a "lame eagle"). Something tells me Tina Fey misses writing "Weekend Update." Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
Jonny Lee Miller of "Eli Stone" by Gale Adler/ABC
Ever wondered what a Fox reality show would look like on NBC? Watch, and revel in, the glimpses were shown of the fictional (at least for now) reality spoof "MILF Island" in tonights first episode back of 30 Rock. Everyone from Alec Baldwins deliciously malicious network boss Jack Donaghy to a certain other vice president who should have better things to do are glued to the season finale of "Island," which is what Survivor would look like if populated by cougar moms and adolescent boys. Its a hilarious backdrop to an episode that, as is often the case, is at its best when Jack and beleaguered Liz Lemon (the terrific Tina Fey) tangle and tango over the sad state of the business we call show. A business where a breakout reality star can be judged on her appeal to the key demographics of soccer moms, Nascar dads, white-collar pervs and the obese. How many ways do I love 30 Rock?Liz, the clay-footed hero of this brilliant satire, is naturally appalled...
Edie Falco on 30 Rock by Nicole Rivelli/NBC
The secret to 30 Rock's guest-casting success? Reversing the formula employed at Saturday Night Live. "With the exception of Jerry Seinfeld, who volunteered [to guest-star] and we leapt at it, every other time we have written the part first and then [cast it]," Tina Fey tells TVGuide.com. "Then it's coming organically from the stories. Doing the reverse of SNL where you say, 'We have this person. What can we do with them?' has worked well for us."What sort of guest stars does the Rock have lined up for Season 2's return on April 10? "Will Arnett is back," Fey confirms, "and Dean Winters will be back.... And I hope Edie Falco will be back," as Jack Donaghy's uberliberal ex-lover. It was then that I suggested that 30 Rock pull Ashley Dupré out of hiding and engage in some stunt-casting that would put Britney-on-Mother to utter shame. "We should get her!" Fey laughed, before sharing: "Small world one of our writers used to live in the same apartment building a...
Tina Fey by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage.com
Ricky Gervais is assembling a diverse, star-studded cast for his upcoming film, This Side of the Truth and he just added four more talents to his roster, starting with Tina Fey.Along with the 30 Rock star, Gervais has also tapped Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman (aka the PC man to Justin Long's Mac) for the flick. They'll be joining a cast that already includes Jennifer Garner and Jonah Hill, among others. The film imagines a world in which lying doesn't exist (seriously). When a dorky "loser" (played by Gervais) invents the concept, his own world, not surprisingly, changes exponentially. What's your take on the lineup? Are you ready for a Gervais-led film? Or wish he would stick to the small screen? Anna DimondUse our Online Video Guide to get some Extra clips of Ricky Gervais.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler by Michael Caulfield/WireImage.com
Vanity Fair has released pictures from its upcoming April issue featuring funny ladies Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler on the cover. They look more like Greek goddesses in flowing gowns than the "tomboy" garb they're usually photographed in on the job the point being that women can be funny and hot. Just take a look at the VF site for yourselves. Me-ow!The inside article, "Who Says Women Aren't Funny," discusses why comediennes continue to carry a stigma. The mag tries to shatter that image and demonstrates (through multiple amazing Annie Leibovitz photos) just how many talented ladies we have that make us laugh every day. What does Ms. Fey, the brains behind 30 Rock and many a golden year at SNL, think about the idea that one has to trade looks for humor? Happily, she thinks that the trend on TV is now about "normal"-looking people. "In the '90s, it seemed like every person on a sitcom think of Friends was really foxy. I know our show and The Office h...
Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin by Ann Joyce/NBC
Todays Lunch-isode Series: 30 RockEpisode Title: Rosemarys BabySeason: 2Year: 2007Why we love this episode: Theres one reason and one reason only for this particular selection. No, its not guest star Carrie Fisher, nor is it Kenneths basement page-off (though both are fabulous storylines). What made us laugh the most was Alec Baldwins sheer comedic genius in the scene where he brings Tracy to a therapist and ends up role-playing not only as Tracys dad and mom but even as da white dude his moms left his dad fo. Absolutely brilliant! (13:56 16:32). Watch it now! Your take: What's been your favorite 30 Rock episode to date?