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Strike Watch: Separation Anxiety on Thursday Night

Chandra Wilson in Grey's Anatomy by Ron Tom/ABC

Around the time Bailey got a big hug from McDreamy, comforting her in her hour of need, my heart began to break. Not so much for Bailey—I felt for her, but figured her little boy would be OK—but for fans of Thursday night TV, who were enjoying their last “normal” night of mostly original programming for the foreseeable future.Parting is such sweet sorrow even under normal circumstances, when a typical season ends on schedule in May. But to have premature and unintended strike-imposed “finales” so soon into the new year, and just as some of these shows are hitting their stride (not just Grey’s Anatomy, but also Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl and 30 Rock, to name just a few shows that aired first-rate original episodes this week that just happened to be the last ones in the can), it feels wrong. In fact, it sucks.At least we have two more episodes of Ugly Betty to enjoy until its inventory is depleted. Last night was a typical hoot, with Annie Pot... read more

Lost, 30 Rock and Sopranos Lead DGA Noms

Lost by Art Streiber, 30 Rock by Anne Joyce/NBC Photo, The Sopranos by Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Scoring a pair of nominations each, Lost (for the episodes "Through the Looking Glass" and "The Brig"), The Sopranos ("Made in America," "Sopranos Home Movies") and 30 Rock ("Rosemary's Baby," "Somebody to Love") lead the pack going into the 60th annual Directors Guild of America Awards, to be handed out Jan. 26.Rounding out the best-drama race is AMC's Mad Men, which nabbed a nod for its pilot. Up against the Rock for best-comedy direction honors are Desperate Housewives, Entourage (really?) and Pushing Daisies. Nominations in the TV-movie category went to The Starter Wife, The Bronx Is Burning, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, The Company and Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's One More Day. read more

"Episode 210" *

Im torn Lord knows Kenneths party was a defining 30 Rock moment and one of the funniest TV moments of the season But that Midnight Train to Georgia number at the end of tonights episode Wow So out of nowhere and so fun starting off with Tracy Grizz and Dotcom and then Jenna and her blousy Broadway belting interrupting That would have been sufficient But then Jack and Liz and CC in the televised C-SPAN footage joined in And that too would have been sufficient But for a final kicker Kenneth returns because it turns out the midnight train actually leaves at 1145 and no one told himI love this show and Im really going to miss it now that we have seen the final new episode in inventory Am I sad that Jack and CC are over Not so much Yes it was great having Edie Falco on the show but that storypairing always fell short for me The match-up in comic sensibilities was just toomature I dunnoKenneths addiction to caffeine had read more

30 Rock's Tracy Morgan Opens Up

Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock

30 Rock wild man Tracy Morgan tells TV Guide about his painful divorce, DUI ankle-bracelet woes and... playing Scrabble with First Sunday costar Ice Cube. 30 Rock airs Thursdays at 8:30 pm/ET on NBC. TV Guide: So let's get this out of the way first: 2007 was rough for you. What was your lowest point?|Tracy Morgan: When me and my wife separated. Twenty-one years is a pretty long walk in the park with someone. So for us to come to this conclusion, it was like a death in the family. TV Guide: Are you getting a divorce? Morgan: Yeah, I'm going through it, man. It's very hard. But we're good friends. We stay in contact every day. She's still my business partner. TV Guide: Were you embarrassed about being arrested for drunk driving? Morgan: Yeah. I never wanted to be a poster boy for tha read more

My News Year Resolutions 2: Bruno Vs. Carrie Ann

A day late and perhaps a dollar short on top of that. But nonetheless, I would be remiss if I did not share my resolutions for 2008. Such as:• The consensus is deafening and I cannot ignore it any longer. Though I have never seen a single episode, nor do I have the opportunity to "catch up" with previous-season DVD sets, I resolve to watch The Wire when it returns this week.• Provided that the strike ends... someday... and we start getting new How I Met Your Mothers, I resolve (again!) to finally track down Alyson Hannigan for a Q&A.• The sometimes groanworthy Private Practice? I resolve to stick it out through the end of the season.• I resolve to do whatever is within my meager yet undeniably increasing powers to get 30 Rock's audience into the seven mil range.• As managing editor of this fine site, I resolve to shout from the mountaintops, in the loudest manner possible using HTML, the resolution of the WGA strike once it arrives.• I resolve to de... read more

As a comedy fan — I don't ...

Question: As a comedy fan — I don't watch many dramas — I would love to be writing you about my worry that Samantha Who?'s plunging ratings after Dancing with the Stars' finale means it might go the way of Help Me Help You, another comedy I enjoyed last year before it disappeared. I'd also love to write about 30 Rock and my confusion upon waking up a few months ago to find that it's suddenly considered far and away the best comedy on TV. However, your latest column indicates to me that another topic has become frighteningly more important: the proliferation of "comedies" that... well, just aren't comedies. For a while, I've marveled at the notion that a soap opera can throw in a handful of silly jokes per hour and call itself a comedy, as if it were the same type of show as The Office or Everybody Loves Raymond. "What next?" I would think to myself. "Is Grey's Anatomy a comedy because of a slap fight in the woods or underwear pinned to a bulletin board? Is House a comedy because of the ... read more

SAG Awards: Did Your TV Faves Make the Cut?

Christina Applegate by Bob D'Amico/ABC, Jon Hamm courtesy AMC

Nominations for the 14th-annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, to (hopefully!) be held Jan. 27, are out, and the big story is on the cinematic side, where Into the Wild topped the pack with four nods, Golden Globes fave Atonement got shut out, and Cate Blanchett is entered in two races. TV-wise, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty and The Sopranos netted three nods each. The details:Male Actor in a Drama SeriesJames Gandolfini, The SopranosMichael C. Hall, DexterJon Hamm, Mad MenHugh Laurie, HouseJames Spader, Boston LegalFemale Actor in a Drama SeriesGlenn Close, DamagesEdie Falco, The SopranosSally Field, Brothers & SistersHolly Hunter, Saving GraceKyra Sedgwick, The CloserMale Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlec Baldwin, 30 RockSteve Carell, The OfficeRicky Gervais, ExtrasJeremy Piven, EntourageTony Shalhoub, MonkFemale Actor in a Comedy SeriesChristina Applegate, Samantha Who?America Ferrera, Ugly BettyTina Fey, 30 RockMary-Louise Parker, Weeds Vanessa Williams, Ugly BettyMale Actor in a TV-movie or ... read more

Cheers: Jingle Bell 30 Rock

Elaine Stritch and Alec Baldwin by Nicole Rivelli/NBC

Cheers to 30 Rock for a truly inspired holiday episode. What better occasion to celebrate the return of Emmy winner Elaine Stritch as Jack Donaghy's toxic mama ("Mother, there are terrorist cells that are more nurturing than you")? We also got to meet Liz Lemon's relentlessly cheery family, perfectly played by guest host of SNLs past Buck Henry, '70s TV fave Anita Gillette, and ex-Late Night sidekick Andy Richter (as the brother trapped in 1985 due to a skiing accident). Plus, Tracy Morgan fearlessly spoofed his own real-life alcohol-monitoring ankle-bracelet woes. Merry Luda-Christmas, everybody!• Read and react to Bruce Fretts' opinions on Project Runway, The Hills and more!• 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! read more

"Episode 209"

Is that really the episode title Episode 209 No cutesy trite Christmassy pun Love itChristmas episodes are so hard to do So much territory has been covered countless countless times on dramas comedies contemporary TV and classic Its hard to make a true meaning of Christmas story seem fresh Thats why this weeks KennethNo LudaChristmas bit was a bit lame in my opinion The slight saving grace was the art-imitates-life fact that Tracy had on an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet But even they seemed unsure of just what to do with thatThe A story fared a bit better juxtaposing Jacks mean coarse mother Elaine Stritch with Lizs folksy affectionate and in the case of Mitch temporally displaced clan Mama D chipped and pecked away at the Lemons determined that she could expose them for the dysfunctional brood that every family is To think that all it took was a slipped Goonies referenceSigh I think we have just one fresh episode left before the strike str read more

"Secrets and Lies"

Pretty good episode if a bit uneven I realize that Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are the bread-and-butter here but I actually think that the occasional B story could deserve greater play Take Jenna and her entourage That offered so much promise and opportunity for parodying Tracy Grizz and Dotcom but instead it felt shoehorned into two scenes Even Tracy accepting his Pacific Rim Emmy you may have felt like the faux satellite broadcast would be the big payoff for the story but instead it pretty much just served as a reason to shark Jenna Did you catch how she was briefly proud to hear the janitor said her boobs looked goodAs for Jack and CC I think I may enjoy this arc more going forward now that they are out Edie Falcos CC was always so uptight and nervous that from where I sat it undermined the comedy of the situations Maybe now she will let loose some more a la Take off your pantsuitRight back at yaFrank and Twofers feud was visually almost dist read more

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Premiered: October 11, 2006, on NBC
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