30 Rock

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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

"Cougars"

You know a week without a new episode doesnt seem that bad until that new one comes along and you find yourself giggling chuckling and LOLing like a fool This weeks 30 Rock had so many fun lines my bullets may runneth a bit over and I left out at least 15 percent of themNow it has been revealed As edited out of my recent QA with Judah Friedlander Frank went gay for an episode I am not quite sure why NBC was so adamant that that not get out its not as if he actually had sex but I played nice I hope no one missed the little coda at the end with Frank dancing at the gay club but ultimately deciding it wasnt his thing A flamboyant fella then shouts good-bye to Sugar Bear only to get scolded by a peer for making em look badThe cougars storyline was a lot of fun because Liz is best when Liz is feeling awkward Her lame attempts at hipster lingo gellin like Magellan the references Jamie couldnt get the subplot with Jenna an read more

TVGuide.com Readers Take On the WGA Strike's Latest Twist

WGA picketers

In the wake of the WGA's quick dismissal of the AMPTP's recent offer, or what they call the "New Economic Partnership," TVGuide.com readers have raised their voices about this latest development. So far, most reader responses are in favor of the producers. So, is everyone tired of the writers' demands? Below, we've gathered several comments that showed us how you, as TV viewers, are reacting. "Break the union, fire all the people who don't want to work, and get some fresh writers. Greedy people don't need to work." — wornout "Producers, cut the crap. Make a real offer and let's get on with it." — bravegal "[People who think] the writers are just being greedy are just completely out of touch with reality. Writing for television is a specialized skill, and that $1.3 billion is being read more

So if the strike continues ...

Question: So if the strike continues too long, which shows will be screwed the most? Will they cancel 30 Rock, saying it never built an audience? What about some of the new shows this season? Will networks use the strike as an excuse to cancel "bubble" shows like Cane and Life? Basically what I'm asking is: If the strike goes on too long, will the networks just call this season a wash and start over in the fall? Answer: I only wish I had a crystal ball to address these larger questions (fearing the actual answers, maybe it's just as well that I don't), but again, I don't think it's likely that NBC will use the strike as an excuse to cancel 30 Rock, which the network has stood behind despite its lousy ratings on Thursday. The situation seems more dire for new-season shows that were on the brink of cancellation even before the strike kicked in. It's entirely too early to know if the back half of the season is doomed. I certainly hope not, but there's not a great deal of optimism comin ... read more

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Premiered: October 11, 2006, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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