’30 Rock’ Signs Off Tonight, My Soul Dies a Little

Well, ladies and gentlemen, 30 Rock has come to an end. After tonight, we will never see an original episode ever again. Even though this final season has been uneven (I blame it all on Hazel), the show still has many moments of brilliance and is certainly funnier than most sitcoms on TV. Watching it sign off for good will not be easy for me, especially now that I’m being nostalgic and thinking back to all my favorite 30 Rock quotes and scenes.

I remember being supremely excited for the show to launch… only to be massively disappointed by its flimsy premiere. However, the series quickly found its voice, and a few episodes into its first season, 30 Rock emerged as must-see TV (even if Rachel Dratch was ultimately phased out of the show — fingers crossed for a cameo tonight). Over the years, we’ve seen Jenna transform into the most amusingly self-involved creature on network television, Jack become the crusty Republican we’ll always love, and Liz Lemon grow into something of an unlikely feminist icon… I think.

Anyway, in the video above, Tina Fey answers a few lingering questions about 30 Rock, including the big one: why did it have to end? Check it out…

AND WHATNOT: Wagamama Is Coming! Wagamama Is Coming!!! Also, Adam Lambert Talks Sex, and Tina Fey Sings (sort of)

(Try not to let the Jack Donaghey voice distract you) via LAist

Eater: Wagamama to Invade the US With 650 Noodle Shops
Vimeo: Don L Castor- “Pieces” Official Music Video (yet another musician friend of mine. Check it out!)
Socialite Life: Adam Lambert Talks About Losing His Virginity
Vulture: Jack Nicholson Will Guest on Conan’s First Episode
ESPN: Source: Zygi Wilf considered firing Brad Childress over Randy Moss move
Pitchfork: Listen: Tina Fey and Christopher Cross Duet on a Song From the “30 Rock” Soundtrack
Movieline: Who Did Activision Choose to Remake Tina Turner’s Classic Goldeneye Theme? (BOOOOOO!!!)
Starcasm: Madame Tussaud epically failed at Taylor Swift’s wax figure
NPR: The Day The Internet Threw A Righteous Hissyfit About Copyright And Pie (thanks jash)

30 Rock Live: Did It Work?

30 Rock went live last night on NBC, and the reviews have not been the kindest ever. Personally, I enjoyed the energy of it all, but about midway through, it started to lag a touch. Still, not a total failure. If anything, the experiment showed that single-camera comedies really need to stay single camera (although the clever solution for Liz’s flashbacks was pretty hilarious). That being said, there was something fantastic about watching the actors play off the audience. It almost made me pine for the traditional sitcom. And yes, I’m aware that there are plenty of sitcoms on the air with studio audiences. But they’re never as funny (and let’s face it, most of the laughter comes from a track).

What did you think about the show?

Ep. 09: Banter with Ben and Lisa

Hey all. Lisa and I are back with another wonderful podcast, and on this episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa, we cover a wild variety of topics, including 30 Rock, Top Chef: Just Desserts, and Modern Family. We also take on a variety of non-TV related subjects, such as bears, whales, my dark theatrical past, and, of course, food blogging. So listen in as we banter along with our friend jash about who knows what.


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AND WHATNOT: Jeremy Piven Recounts His Sushi Ordeal; Also, Lindsay Lohan Is Going To Jail!

Diana Takes A Bite: Vintage Enoteca: Wine bar or the coolest family room in existence?
OMG! Judge sends Lohan to jail for probation violation
Vulture: Last Night on Late Night: How Julianne Moore Discovered Her 30 Rock Boston Accent at the Howard Johnson
Socialite Life: Better Late Than Never, Levi Johnston Apologizes to the Palins
LAist: Operators of The Must Speak Up About Surprise Shut-Down
Roger Room: Roger Room’s New Summer Menu Debuts Tomorrow

AND WHATNOT: Countless LuAnn Sings A Ridiculous Song While Andy Cohen Smiles Like A Goofball; Also, All Your Shows Are Canceled.

AP: Case closed: `Law & Order’ is canceled by NBC
Reuters: NBC cancels “Heroes,” “Mercy” and “Trauma”
Rod 2.0: “Wanda Sykes Show” Canceled
Consumer Reports: 7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook
LAist: Wayward Whale Dies in Dana Point Harbor
Best Week Ever: Someone, Anyone, Please Give Tracy Morgan an Honorary Oscar
Movieline: The 9 Best Saturday Night Live Sketches This Season (don’t really agree with these AT ALL, but it’s interesting food for thought)
HuffPo: ‘Sex And The City 2’ EW Cover: More Photoshopped Than The Poster?
Sinosoul: 5 Things I hate about Father’s Office