Question: You already rock my world, Michael, now I'm hoping you'll be nice enough to also 30 Rock it with some scoop about the second-funniest comedy on TV.
Answer: Tishann, you know the Ausiello Report is a vodcast, not a TV show, right? But I'm glad you think it's even funnier than 30 Rock. Dag! Anyway, yes, I have huge scoop for you: The show is casting Liz's family — mom, dad and an older brother who's been, erm, "off" since a skiing accident in his youth. The show is looking for "names" for all three roles, and preferably ones with comedy backgrounds. In other words, Tony "Buster" Hale, the brother part is yours to lose.
As I said last week the Seinfeld drop-by and wedding dress gag were solid but laugh-for-laugh I preferred this episode of 30 Rock Will Arnetts voice alone had me howling just by saying the most innocuous things like at a restaurant or Im going to make your heart explode And the wrasslin with ol bare-chested Winthorp Your back is like a barrel of snakes Youre having your way with me Its just like the Greeks The A story with Jack trying in vain thanks Kenneth to keep his secret heart attack under wraps as he angles for Geiss job and keeps Devon at bay was a great showcase for the two guys Didnt Alec Baldwin almost look like his younger Beetlejuice self out playing football The A-minus story in which Jenna explored with the always amenable Dr Spacemans help her crazy surgical weight-loss options was a fun poke at Hollywoods standards Its as if the Dove commercials never happened grouses Liz Did you catch th
Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin by Chris Haston/NBC
Real quick, since I have a podcast to moderate. This Thursday's ratings:8 pm/ETSurvivor topped the hour with 14.06 million total viewers, which is on par with last week. Betty bungled 1.25 mil to deliver 9.78 mil. While NBC's Earl (eight mil) dipped 520K, lead-out 30 Rock returned to 7.38 mil, a 53 percent surge from its first-season finale. ("SeinfeldVision" does work!) Smallville (4.56 mil) was down 520 thou.9 pmCSI (20.8 mil, down 16 percent from its mondo premiere) again trumped Grey's (18.13 mil, -2.3 mil), albeit not in the key demos. The Office (8.49 mil) lost more than a mil, while Supernatural (2.97 mil) fell short of last season's opener by 800,000.10 pmWithout a Trace won the race with 14.5 mil, albeit a 13 percent week-to-week drop. ER (8.99 mil) saw a mil check out, yet this week bested ABC's Big Shots, which due to massive second-half tune-out plunged to 8.66 mil.
It feels good to laugh really laugh again Welcome back Liz Jack and the gangThis episode was a solid start to the new fought-for season I wasnt quite over the moon about it as I am about next weeks episode but it did have some great great moments Lets face it the expectations were highWill this be Lizs year The summer sounded promising quilt flip-flops in public and all but the poor gal couldnt even manage a good week She wants to be over Floyd but between having to fake a phone survey and spending most of the episode in a wedding dress shes off to a rough startJack is bouncing back from the secret heart attack much more on that next Thursday but his tempered elation over the SeinfeldVision concept put his ticker to an early test One has to think that NBC really did ponder such a gimmick at some point since the-show-about-nothings end Come to think of it we got a bit of SeinfeldVision tonight with guest sta
Al Gore by Heidi Gutman/NBC Universal Photo
Is NBC's 30 Rock at risk of going the way of stunt-casting addict Will & Grace? A piece in USA Today reveals that in addition to Edie Falco's upcoming three-episode stint (first reported by TVGuide.com), no less than former vice president Al Gore, Friends alum David Schwimmer (as an out-of-work actor, natch), Steve Buscemi (as a PI hired by Jack), Meredith Vieira and Carrie "I Now Guest-star for a Living" Fisher have been booked for appearances during Season 2. America's paper also reveals details on Falco's previously unspecified role: She's playing a Democratic congresswoman from New Hampshire who hooks up with... Jack?!As for 30 Rock's season-opener, airing tonight: as funny as it is and it is funny dare I opine that next week's episode, for me at least, was even more howl-worthy? Will Arnett slays me.
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
Question: Just got back from an appointment with Dr. Spaceman and he prescribed some 30 Rock scoop. To be administered immediately.
Answer: You know all that stuff I said about forcing your friends and family to watch Friday Night Lights on Friday? Ditto 30 Rock this Thursday. Just tell 'em Jerry Seinfeld's on it. That should do the trick. On the scoop front, Will Arnett returns next week, and as I previously told you, he's newly "straight" and engaged to Don Geiss' dowdy daughter — a ruse that was funny on paper but is even funnier on screen. View hostess Sherri Shepherd is also back as Tracy's wife Angie, much to the dismay of Kenneth, who's tasked with seducing her.
Question: Well, I just finished watching the Big Bang Theory premiere and was blown away. Yes, blown away. In my defense, my favorite comedies of the past few seasons have been Arrested Development and 30 Rock. This is more traditional, and I got this great vintage Frasier feeling from it. The banter between the two main geeks rang oh-so-painfully true, as my equally misanthropic friends would attest. Yes, the humor is oftentimes broad. However, it gets many of the minute details of geek life right, including living most of your life in World of Warcraft (which I thought was the funniest gag). More to the point, the pilot achieved what every pilot is supposed to do: It made me want to watch next week's episode. Did you like Big Bang as much as I did? Actually, did you even like it at all?
Answer: I wouldn't say I got as big a bang out of the show as you obviously did — it took me a while to get past that opening scene in the sperm clinic — but there was plenty of funny writing in the
Question: I can spell USC backwards. Are you impressed enough to give me some 30 Rock scoop?
Answer: My cat is toilet-trained; you're gonna have to do better than that. Nonetheless, I will tell you that I've seen the Oct. 4 season premiere, and it is high-sterical. The sight gags related to Jenna's SWG (summer weight gain) are worth the price of admission alone. And I nearly coughed up my Snappletini when special guest star Jerry Seinfeld threatened to buy NBC and turn it into a *a** *ry*** superstore. I will also tell you that a casting call put out for an upcoming episode promises yet another killer sight gag: The show is looking for a Liz look-alike who'll turn out to be (Spoiler alert) the mother of her boy-toy date.