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SAG Award TV nominations: Snubs and surprises

During an awards season that’s dominated by talk of movies — all a gradual buildup to the biggest awards show of them all — it’s easy to forget that some winter prize distributors recognize TV shows as well. And once you remember that TV shows are also being lauded, your thoughts naturally turn to which nominations seem like a surprise, pleasant or otherwise — as well as the deserving series that have been overlooked.

And for today’s SAG Award nominations, each of these qualifies for one of those categories:

Snub: Mad Men
Matthew Weiner’s seminal series was passed over completely, even though it’s won two SAG ensemble awards before. What will it take to get Jon Hamm some individual recognition at an awards show? (After playing Don Draper for six seasons, he’s won a grand total of one TCA Award and one Golden Globe for the role, not counting the SAG Awards he shared with the show’s cast. That ain’t right.)
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'Modern Family': Jesse Eisenberg, Jane Krakowski and John Benjamin Hickey to guest

For an upcoming episode titled “Under Pressure,” Modern Family is packing in the guest stars.   READ FULL STORY

Dean Winters to play Andy Samberg's rival on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' -- EXCLUSIVE

Dean Winters has mixed it up with Tina Fey on 30 Rock, and now he’ll play the onscreen foil of another Saturday Night Live vet, Andy Samberg. READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Sneak a peek at next week's series finale -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

A Titanic-sized blerg is approaching, and it’s called No More 30 Rock.

Tina Fey’s highly decorated NBC comedy winds to a close on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. with an hour-long series finale. In the farewell, titled “HOGCOCK!/Last Lunch,” Liz (Tina Fey) is trying to adapt to adoption, a contemplative Jack (Alec Baldwin) meets up with ex-flames Elisa (Salma Hayek) and Nancy (Julianne Moore), Jenna (Jane Krakowski) is working on a Bro Body Douche Presents The Man Cave TGS farewell song, Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) is busy being the new president of NBC, which is totally taking away from his paying attention to Tracy (Tracy Morgan), and Ice-T and Nancy Pelosi somehow magically fit into the plot.

Watch a clip from the episode below to see Liz and Jack exchange punchlines in his office for the last time, and then start your crying/dry heaving.

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'30 Rock': How does Liz congratulate Jack on his promotion? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Having eliminated Hank’s granddaughter as his competition (here’s a “There, there.” card, Kaylie), Jack Donaghy is receiving the promotion of his dreams: He’s the new CEO of Kabletown! In the third-to-last-ever episode of 30 Rock, which airs at Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC, Jack (Alec Baldwin) is flooded with congratulatory goodies from all sorts of folks, including Liz (Tina Fey). As you will see in the clip below, her note is beautifully written, in a cool ranch kind of way.

Also in the episode, Jack persuades Liz to come with him to Florida, where they discover a secret about Jack’s deceased mother, Colleen (Elaine Stritch). Meanwhile, inmates Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) are running the asylum (TGS). READ FULL STORY

DGA Awards TV noms include Lena Dunham, Louis C.K, and Bryan Cranston

Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for TV and commercials. Some of the shows involved are predictable (Homeland, Mad Men, Louie, Girls), while others aren’t (check out that Reality category!). The list:

Dramatic Series:
Michael Cuesta, Showtime’s Homeland, “The Choice”
Jennifer Getzinger, AMC’s Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Showtime’s Homeland, “Q&A”
Rian Johnson, AMC’s Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”
Greg Mottola, HBO’s The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To”

Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., FX’s Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Mark Cendrowski, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
Bryan Cranston, ABC’s Modern Family, “Election Day”
Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls, “Pilot”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, NBC’s 30 Rock, “Live from Studio 8H” READ FULL STORY

Salma Hayek returns for '30 Rock' series finale -- EXCLUSIVE

Add another name to the list of celebrities who will help 30 Rock bid farewell: Salma Hayek is returning to guest-star in the NBC comedy’s series finale, EW has learned.

Details of her appearance are being kept under wraps. The film actress appeared in a half-dozen episodes in season 3 as Elisa, the nurse whom Jack (Alec Baldwin) almost married, even after learning that she killed her cheating husband. Elisa won’t be the only blast from Jack’s romantic past in the episode; it is also known that Nancy (Julianne Moore) pops up. READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Nancy Pelosi to appear in series finale

Parks and Recreation isn’t the only NBC comedy turning politicians into guest stars this season. Nancy Pelosi will appear in the series finale of 30 Rock, the network confirmed today.

There are no details of how the House Minority Leader — who once served as a guest judge on Top Chef — figures into 30 Rock‘s final episode. She did tell The Washington Post (which first reported the news): “I would do almost anything Tina Fey asks me to do.”

Ice-T and Julianne Moore will also pop up in the hour-long finale, which was shot last month and airs Jan. 31.

30 Rock has previously featured such political power players as Al Gore, Condoleezza Rice and Mayor Bloomberg.

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’30 Rock’ wraps filming — PHOTO
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey crack us up in first ‘Golden Globes’ promo — VIDEO
Newt Gingrich films cameo for ‘Parks and Recreation’
Vice President Joe Biden to guest on ‘Parks and Recreation’
‘Parks and Recreation’: Senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe in D.C. episode

'30 Rock' wraps filming -- PHOTO

That’s a wrap!

The cast and crew of NBC’s 30 Rock have officially wrapped production on the series, and thanks to Twitter, we have a glimpse at their last photo as a group! READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' dominate WGA Award nominees

What do Walter White and Phil Dunphy have in common? They’re both at the center of the TV shows most honored by the Writers Guild of America today. The group just announced the nominees for its annual awards, which will be handed out Feb. 17 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Breaking Bad garnered five nods; Modern Family drew four. Here’s a list of all the primetime and late night series in contention for the event’s biggest prizes:

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'30 Rock': Liz starts spreading the news -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Is a marriage proposal not real until Jack Donaghy knows? On the Nov. 29 episode of NBC’s 30 Rock, Liz (Tina Fey) lets her boss in on her big news — and Jack (Alec Baldwin) is positively un-Donaghy-ian in his reaction. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Why is Kenneth trying to seduce Jenna? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Any publicity is good publicity, right? Not if you’re 30 Rock‘s Jenna Maroney, an incredibly vain, insecure star who gets jealous of babies for their soft skin. So when Jenna gets some bad press in a tabloid called Them during this week’s episode, the TGS team will do anything to keep her from seeing it — including staging an elaborate fake seduction that involves a moist mop and Kenneth’s hairless shins.

Is it as hot as Liz and Criss’s sultry trip to the office supply store from last week’s episode? What’s grosser: Kenneth getting covered in mop juice, or Jenna “answering fan mail” by rubbing pairs of underwear with baloney, then stuffing them into envelopes? Is 30 Rock the most weirdly perverse TV show in network history? Decide for yourself after watching the clip below:

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'30 Rock' returns tonight: Sex! Ann Romney's Horse! And... Voltron?! A preview of the sitcom's last season

 

The election is about to take an outrageously absurd turn. No, we’re not talking about the ramifications of last night’s presidential debate — we’re talking about the final season of 30 Rock, premiering tonight on NBC, which will tackle the race for the White House in its own uniquely absurd way. Don’t like teases? Can’t handle spoilers? Hate geeky references to Voltron? Then good lord, man, stop reading! SPOILER WARNING!

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