’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…

Spend an Hour with Tina Fey

Okay, I haven’t actually watched this video, but it features Tina Fey, and what could be wrong with that?

Truth is that I’m running out the door, and I haven’t finished my Real Housewives of New York City photocap. That’ll be done this afternoon, but in the meantime, watch the above video, and then at 12:30 PST (3:30 ET), head over to http://talkmedianetworks.com/live and watch Housewife Hoedown where I’ll be talking about two weeks’ worth of Real Housewives goodness, including my take on the Ramona Pinot Grigio! Remember, you can call in!!

Video via The Daily What

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

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Vimeo: Don L Castor- “Pieces” Official Music Video (yet another musician friend of mine. Check it out!)
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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)

AND WHATNOT: SNL Finally Parodies The Real Housewives; Also, Tron + Daft Punk = Brain Explosion

Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Nora Dunn, Andy Cohen, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch, Cheri Oteri, Kristin Wiig. Again, brain explosion.

World of Wonder: watch what happened…
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Betty White Shines on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Also, Three Unaired Skits!


At long last, Betty White took center stage as the host of last night’s Saturday Night Live, and I think everyone was both delighted and relieved that her stint proved to be one of the best, if not the best, of the season. With so much hype around the Golden Girl’s appearance, it would have been a major disappointment had the episode turned out to be a bore.

Lorne Michaels wasn’t about to let that happen though. For this special installment, he recruited a gaggle of the show’s best comediennes from the past ten years to join White on stage: Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, and Molly Shannon (noticeably absent: Cheri Oteri). The infusion of energy from this extended cast elevated the material, especially as many of the former cast members resurrected some of their beloved characters and bits from their tenure. It all added up to an hour and a half of great TV, and for once, it seemed like we weren’t watching a sketch show but a party. Throw in the nonstop stream of Tweets and Facebook updates starting at 8:30 PM out here in California, and it felt like a party everyone was invited to (not to cheese out too much).

Of course, watching all those wonderfully talented actresses on stage, it truly underscored some of the deficiencies of the current cast. It’s hard to take lightweights like Abby Elliot, Jenny Slate, and Nasim Pedrad seriously when stacked next to the likes of Molly Shannon and Amy Poehler (to be fair, Pedrad shows the most potential of the group, but still, the only recent female recruit since Kristen Wiig to show breakout talent has been Michaela Watkins, and NBC axed her for no good reason — still angry). Nevertheless, I suppose what we can take away from the experience is that when there’s a host who truly inspires the writers and a talented cast who can bring the material to life, Saturday Night Live can still shine. And when there’s not, well, we’re stuck with Will Forte singing at the Weekend Update desk.

For now though, let’s continue to bask in last night’s show. It was so frequently interrupted by spates of applause that several skits were cut from the telecast. Fear not though. NBC has placed them online. After the jump, the return of Debbie Downer, “Bronx Beat,” and Helen Madden, licensed joyologist. (Sadly, no Mary Katherine Gallagher).

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