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 ...
Edie Falco and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock by Nicole Rivelli/NBC Photo
Every week, after laughing myself silly at the warped lunacy of 30 Rock on Thursday nights and then being greeted by the stubbornly low ratings on Friday morning, Im more than ever convinced that this inspired comedy is the new Arrested Development. (And not just because its a dark-horse Emmy winner, also taking home the best-comedy trophy after its first season.) Heres another cult classic that is apparently too off-kilter to be more than an acquired taste, unfortunately destined to fly under the radar.This view isnt coming from a comedy snob. I get a kick out of most of CBS more mainstream Monday comedies, including the new Big Bang Theory, which gets funnier and more confident by the week. On Thursdays Im still delighted by 30 Rocks time-period rival, the sweetly campy Ugly Betty. But 30 Rock strikes me as something special, something to treasure, firing on all burners with a wild and hilariously absurdist sensibility.This weeks epi...
This episode had a lot to live up to with no less than Emmy-fave Edie Falco guesting as Jacks new lady love CC so its not surprising that in my opinion at least it fell juuuuuuust a bit short Its almost as if the funniest parts of the Falco story were played by Kristin Wiig in the Lifetime movie based on that horrible sad and you would hope preventable accident involving a dog and misplaced hunting rifle That said that is a Lifetime movie I would watch even though it involves neither a kidnapped nor sickly baby I want to go into politicsHere I must note that due to an inexplicable recording glitch my bullets and quotes from last nights show may be a bit off and not verbatim So rein in the snarky retorts thanks For good measure I will remind you that I am paraphrasing by slapping an asterisk on paraphrased bitsI actually think the Liz suspects the neighbor is a terrorist story played out rather well though you had to suspect she would be
Question: So now that the strike is in full swing, would watching the remaining (already filmed) episodes of TV shows make me a scab? Because of the WGA's specific demands for Internet residuals, am I only a traitor to the union's cause if I watch episodes of 30 Rock or Brothers & Sisters on the networks' websites? Help me make my garment-worker ancestors proud.
Answer: Hmmm, interesting point. I keep being asked what everyday viewers can do to support the writers during this strike action, and this sure beats signing a petition or whatnot. Since one of the key hurdles at the moment is the noncompensation for streaming writers' work on the network websites, a boycott of the digital replays could be one of the more effective ways for the public to make its displeasure known. Anything to get both sides back to the table in hopes of sending everyone back to work sooner rather than later ...
Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski in 30 Rock by Virginia Sherwood/NBC Photo
Cast members of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live may be out of production due to the WGA strike yet still are bringing the funny via live performances at the New York Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. According to Playbill.com, the unadvertised one-night-only performances quickly sold out, with all proceeds benefiting the Writers Guild strike fund. On Saturday, the current SNL cast will present a collection of favorite sketches, and the evening will feature host Michael Cera (Arrested Development) and musical guest Yo La Tengo. On Monday night, Rock stars Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Alec Baldwin will perform an episode from the series. Beep, beep, ribby, ribby!
Heroes by Justin Lubin/NBC Photo
NBC Universal Video, Music & Product Development and Delivery Agent (or as I like to call the division, "NUVMPDDA") on Monday will launch an auction of props, wardrobe items and other collectibles from Peacock programs. Among the items going up for bid are three original Heroes paintings by artist Tim Sale, Office boss Michael Scott's Timex watch, Tim Riggins' Friday Night Lights jersey and a Josh Duhamel-autographed jacket (as seen on Las Vegas by those not forever distracted by Vanessa). A portion of the proceeds will benefit Journeyman Life the United Way and its partner organizations.
Lauren Scala by Yolanda Perez
In-demand Time Out New York On Demand personality Lauren Scala can be spied on tonight's episode of 30 Rock, during a scene where Liz and Jack each have dates at an art gallery. "Watching Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin run lines was an amazing experience," Scala shares. "They are unbelievably talented and at times it was hard not to laugh or stare as they took an awkward situation and made it more awkward".... E! premieres Season 4 of The Girls Next Door on Dec. 3.... Celine Dion's assault on ABC Daytime continues. After guesting on the Nov. 23 All My Children, she will appear on The View Nov. 23.... Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is the latest pick of Oprah Winfrey's book club. And poor Dean Koontz still waits.
The partyThe party in and of itself has to be one of 30 Rocks finest and most manic moments Lets just get that out of the wayWhat I loved most about the party is that after allllll the setup that with all of the rumoredsupposedabsolutely fabricated guests the brilliant writers of 30 Rock didnt event attempt to take us to the party in real time There was no way it could live up to the promise Nor did they just cut to Jack and his distressed hair and merely refer to the bash as being crazy Rather the way we only got fleeting almost Lost-like flashbacks to the insane bizarre freaky and at times completely out-of-character shenanigans was genius A veritable feast for comedy-lovers eyes and I would reckon one of the most replayed-on-TiVo segments of the TV season I myself watched it at least four times at varying speedsThat said nothing I can type here can begin to recap the party So let me just evoke a few images and then well move on with the rest of the re
Judah Friedlander, 30 Rock
In case you haven’t noticed, this week nearly every morsel of NBC's prime-time lineup has gone green, sprinkling eco-friendly messages wherever and whenever possible. How will the gloriously irreverent 30 Rock (Thursdays at 8:30 pm/ET) tackle such a heady subject matter? Think "Ross Geller in a foam mascot suit." TVGuide.com caught up with Judah Friedlander, who plays "TGS" scribe Frank, to get a sneak peek.
TVGuide.com: As we neared the end of last season on 30 Rock, how confident were you that the show would get renewed?Friedlander: Well, after they renewed us I was pretty confident we would get renewed. I was still holding out a bit, but I was pretty confident. Literally, man, I had no idea, dude. I had no clue.
TVGuide.com: Is the vibe on the set any different now that you have gotten
Question: I tried to get your definition of "Aushole" listed in the Urban Dictionary, but they denied it. Stupid jerkfaces. Well, my attempt should earn me some 30 Rock scoop, right?
Answer: You should try submitting it a few more times. I hear they usually cave after about 100 attempts. In any event, you definitely deserve a little Rock sugar for your efforts. Liz is going to face an adversary even more daunting than Jack Donaghy: a New York apartment co-op board. In an upcoming episode, Liz will go to hysterical lengths to impress the board president of a building she wants to buy into.