Edie Falco by Craig Blankenhorn/HBO
Looks like someone made her an offer she couldn't refuse. Sopranos matriarch and three-time Emmy winner Edie Falco has been booked for a three-episode run on NBC's 30 Rock, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Says Falco, "I have laughed out loud at this show, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with such great comic actors." Series creator/star Tina Fey in turn says, "We're thrilled to have such an amazing actress come join us. Also, a lot of guys on our crew want The Sopranos' ending explained to them." Details on exactly who Falco will be playing are not yet available, but the sitcom stop-by marks her first TV gig since The Sopranos went black. Other guest stars lined up for the show's sophomore season (premiering Oct. 4) include Rip Torn, Will Arnett and Sherri Shepherd.More TVGuide.com casting news: Exclusive: Earl Charmed By Alyssa Milano, Exclusive: Friday Night Lights, Trace Casting Scoops, Lee Majors Is Game's Six Million Dollar Coach
OK, again, digging yall who checked in last week. The fun we had, huh? And what better way to recover from the lost joys of The Land of the Lost than with some love for the City of Brotherly Love. As bhm1304 guessed last week, the best FX sitcom youre not watching is
Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.Granted, while its not really always sunny here, as a right proud Philly boy who just spent Labor Day wandering Center City, reading in Rittenhouse Square and chowing down on The Continentals insane crab Pad Thai, I have to say that this town does indeed rock.Much like this dirty little gem. Centered on foul-mouthed pub owners Mac, Charlie and Dennis, his barmaid sister Sweet Dee and a still unnamed coffee-shop waitress who could teach Friends Gunther a thing or two about stealing scenes, Sunny is best compared to Seinfeld
if Jerrys posse had less morals and raging drinking problems. Once Danny DeVito joins in for season 2 as Dee and Dennis...
30 Rock's Jane Krakowski
It literally is Jenna Maroney like you have never seen her before when NBC's freshman hit 30 Rock returns for a new season on Oct. 4. Until then, fans of the super-funny sitcom can relive last year's best moments via the DVD set now in stores, as well as cozy up to this Q&A with Jane Krakowski, who Jenna-rously shares a peek of the fresh hilarity to come.
TVGuide.com: Are you still shooting the season-opener with Jerry Seinfeld in it?Jane Krakowski: We were the other day, yeah, but he's done now. He was hilarious. I'm hoping maybe they’ll "supersize" the episode because they did so much good stuff with Jerry, I feel like the rest of us won't be in it! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: He's pl
Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber in Battlestar Galactica by Carole Segal/Sci Fi Channel Photo
NBC Universal, whose programming accounts for some 40 percent of iTunes' video downloads, has told Apple Inc. that it will not be renewing its contract come December. Though negotiations are said to be continuing, the primary issues at hand are pricing while Apple prefers set $0.99 and $1.99 price points, NBC Universal wants to offer packages of bundled programs at different prices and NBCU's desire that iTunes stiffens anti-piracy provisions. In a counterstrike, an iTunes VP told the AP, "We are disappointed to see NBC leave iTunes because we would not agree to their dramatic price increase," then revealed the site will cease selling NBC shows as of the onset of the fall season. NBCU's digital offerings include 30 Rock, USA's Psych and Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Gallactica.
The Office - Season 3 courtesy Universal Studios
There are 14 1/2 season sets coming out on September 4, so I hope you have money saved up.Universal has 30 Rock (available as the complete season, or two volumes), The Black Donnellys complete series set, the first season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, and the third season of The Office, which is my "Pick of the Week" for September 4. The 4 disc set includes all 24 episodes, commentary on select episodes, music videos, bloopers, and tons of other random stuff. I can't wait to dive in and watch the season in a day or two.Fox has the second season of Prison Break coming out, which contains 13 commentary tracks, a featurette on reinventing the series, plus a couple of other goodies. I enjoyed the first season, and I'm very interested to see how the second season fared. The also have seasons 1 & 2 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia with Danny Devito.Warner Bros has the fourth season of Nip/Tuck, available on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray (yum, hidef TV!!), plus Robot Chicken (...
Question: How about some 30 Rock scoop?
Answer: OK, but I have to warn you, it's piddle-worthy (and spoilery): Will Arnett is returning... and with a fiancée/beard! Proving that he'll do anything to get ahead, his not-so-ambiguously gay alter ego will announce that he's engaged to marry the extremely dowdy daughter of — yep, you guessed it — GE boss man Don (Rip Torn).
Question: Why did NBC move The Office so it now conflicts with Grey's Anatomy? I guess putting Scrubs after it might give that show the break it deserves. And now they put Cane opposite Boston Legal. I don't have TiVo, so I guess I have to dust off my VHS. Do they really want to weed out good (old) shows or jeopardize new ones? On another topic, what happened to Shark?
Answer: The move of The Office has nothing to do with giving Scrubs a break. This is Scrubs' final season, and nothing's going to make it a breakout hit. Actually, none of NBC's comedies on Thursday are runaway hits. The move probably has to do with giving 30 Rock a more protected slot at 8:30 pm/ET, between My Name Is Earl and The Office. The fact is that some good NBC comedy is going to have to go up against Grey's Anatomy and CSI, and The Office is arguably better suited, thematically and content-wise, for the later time period. And Cane vs. Boston Legal? CBS had to put something there, having basically vamped with
Question: How about some 30 Rock scoop?
Answer: This is more 30 Rock-ish: Tina Fey recently shot an American Express commercial.
Tina Fey visits Sesame Street.
Sesame Street (PBS, 9am/ET) begins its 38th season today with a visit from funny lady Tina Fey, who in a pirate-themed sketch not only displays her comic chops but a talent for singing, which she does in a musical number with Elmo. We spoke to Fey about her appearance on the kiddie fave, as well as the upcoming season of her sitcom 30 Rock.
TV Guide: Tell us about landing the Sesame gig. Tina Fey: You get that call and, of course, the answer is immediately "yes." It's such an institution. I think there are similarities between Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street — [both] are massively influential cultural institutions that are unique to New York and started close to the same time. There is lot of overlap in a weird way.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind courtesy Sony Pictures
For the first time, Steven Spielberg (On the Lot) is packaging all three versions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind the 1977 theatrical cut, the '80 special edition and the '98 director's cut for home video, delivering the triple play on both DVD and hi-def Blu-ray disc Nov. 13, just days before the film's 30th anniversary.... Sandra Bullock's Premonition topped last week's DVD sales and rental charts.... House: Season 3 arrives on DVD Aug. 21, while 30 Rock's freshman foray streets Sept. 4.