Cheers to John Slattery for his sidesplitting turn as a true madman on 30 Rock.
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Following in the wingtipped footsteps of costar
, the Emmy nominee hammed it up hilariously as Steve Austin — not the wrestler, or the Six Million Dollar Man, unless you're blind or senile — a Rhode Island congressional candidate/owner of a local paintball facility. Sure, his literally infantile platform (and his even-less-authentic-than-
's accent) might have seemed silly, but is "I'm a baby" any more ridiculous of a campaign-commercial theme than Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch"?Still, Alec Baldwin
's Jack Donaghy backed him, since he was running against Regina Bookman (Queen Latifah
), who's out to derail the GE-Kabletown merger. The ongoing inside jokes about NBC weren't limited to Comcast tweaks this week, however: Jack abandoned Austin in part because Jay Leno
mocked him ("the kingmaker has spoken," he said, Baldwin's voice dripping with irony). And among the "constitutional originalist" positions of this nutjob — yeah, I'm political, I said it — was this Peacock tease: "We are all responsible for Heroes
becoming terrible." Hmmm, maybe he's not so crazy after all.Do you think John Slattery rocked, or did you find him Hard to Watch
, based on the book Stone Cold Bummer
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