30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is back at work in New York after a brief hospitalization in Utah, his publicist said Wednesday.
“He appreciates everyone’s support and concern,” Lewis Kay said in an email to The Associated Press. READ FULL STORY »
Steve Buscemi is back on the case: The Boardwalk Empire actor will appear in the Feb. 16 episode of 30 Rock, series creator/star Tina Fey tells EW. Buscemi — who has guest-starred on the NBC comedy multiple times and directed an episode — will not only reprise his role as private detective Len Wosniak, he’ll also helm this installment. Notes Fey of the plot: “After Jack (Alec Baldwin) gets mugged, he tries to reach out to his connections on the police force, [saying,] ‘I know Commissioner Ray Kelly. We have a column in IRISH ARGUMENTS WEEKLY, the only all-caps magazine. But he hasn’t gotten back to me on this.’ Jack wants Len to help him form a private police force where the salary starts at $5 million, so the police have the same interest in protecting the rich.”
Other guest stars on 30 Rock‘s sixth season include Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Andy Samberg, Will Arnett, and Kristen Schaal.
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In case you missed it (and judging by those ratings, you did), Thursday’s episode of 30 Rock addressed the scandal involving Tracy Morgan and his antigay slurs last June. In the episode, Morgan’s character Tracy Jordan ignites a protest after he angers audiences with his homophobic stand-up routine.
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) reacts by telling Tracy he’s a public figure and “believe it or not, the dumb things you say may influence or hurt people. You need to apologize.”
So in true 30 Rock fashion, Jordan apologizes to the makers of Glad bags rather than GLAAD, a.k.a. the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Liz ends up apologizing for Tracy by saying “he’s not capable of hate…he’s just an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s saying.”
“I thought it was hilarious,” GLAAD’s senior director of programs Herndon Graddick told The New York Times. “We’ve been called worse than trash-bag manufacturers and forward to seeing the second part next week.”
Morgan came under fire last summer for an antigay rant during a weekend gig at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. He issued apologies (“I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others”) and met repeatedly with GLAAD. See the clip: READ FULL STORY »
How fitting to have a Stone on a Rock: Emma Stone will make a cameo in an upcoming episode of 30 Rock, along with Andy Samberg and Nick Cannon, series creator-star Tina Fey tells EW.
In the Jan. 26 episode of the NBC comedy, Jenna (Jane Krakowski) stars in “a movie from the producers of Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve called Martin Luther King Day,” says Fey. “I want to lay claim to that bit before anyone gets it. It’s a movie that has everyone in the world in it.” That includes the aforementioned actors from The Help, Saturday Night Live, and Up All Night, who will be seen in a trailer for the faux film.
30 Rock, which kicks off its sixth season Thursday at 8 p.m., will also feature such guest stars as James Marsden, Mary Steenburgen, Will Arnett, Denise Richards, Kelsey Grammer, and Kristen Schaal.
UPDATE: NBC has moved the airdate of the episode to Feb. 2.
Jack Donaghy will remain in charge: Alec Baldwin has renewed his deal with 30 Rock, confirmed NBC’s entertainment chairman.
“We have Alec for this season and next season,” Robert Greenblatt said. “We quietly did that in the fall.”
But how, asked a critic, did the famously outspoken Baldwin keep quiet about it? READ FULL STORY »
Can you believe 244 days have passed since the last episode of 30 Rock? That’s nearly 3.5 Kim Kardashian weddings! According to a new teaser from NBC, Jack Donaghy has continued subjugating Kenneth to creepy role play since Avery’s abduction by a North Korean dictator seven months back, while Liz Lemon has learned Spanish on a chain gang, brought back the dickey, and, yes, picked up a new boyfriend (we called it!).
Though it’s still to be determined whether Lemon’s new beau — ultra laid-back hot-dog vendor Chriss (James Marsden) — will ever measure up to “doorman to the sky” Carol Burnett (Matt Damon), one thing is certain: Jack does not approve. Also? Lemon’s new love celebrates really strange anniversaries with equally strange gifts. See what else the new season holds, including a full array of guest stars (welcome back, Devon Banks!), in the five-minute preview after the jump. READ FULL STORY »
One of the saddest casualties of 30 Rock‘s belated season 6 is that audiences have been robbed of the sitcom’s annual Christmas episode. There was no Ludachristmas this year. No Lemon party. No Verdukian Holiday of Mouth Pleasures. Fortunately, when 30 Rock kicks off in three weeks, Liz Lemon makes up for it by eagerly sharing her family holiday stories with an unimpressed Jack. After six years, Donaghy knows his protegé well — too well, judging by the accuracy with which he can guess the highlights of Lemon’s trip home to Pennsylvania. But Lemon now understands there are some things you should keep close to the vest with your boss — or anyone with eyes. To Donaghy’s horror, it turns out the Lemons didn’t exchange tacky Christmas sweaters this year.
Watch an exclusive clip from the long-awaited season premiere, and tune in when 30 Rock returns Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Liz Lemon is back! And most likely, a little chilly. READ FULL STORY »
Vacation’s over, Liz Lemon. The trailer for the upcoming sixth season of 30 Rock teases that everyone’s favorite “Night Cheese” crooner has got a secret that apparently only Kelsey Grammer can get to the bottom of. (Maybe he’ll also be running against Jack Donaghy for mayor of New York. Twist!) So what’s being kept so hush-hush? That she’s playing (and/or possibly cheering) for the WNBA team the New York Liberty? That her behavior has gotten so erratic (singing in public, grabbing her own boobs in an elevator) that even Tracy Jordan is concerned? We’ll have to wait until Thursday, Jan. 12, to find out. Until then, check out the promo, nerds: READ FULL STORY »
NBC revealed its midseason schedule today, which includes the return of 30 Rock and the debut of the new dramas Smash and The Firm.
It also revealed new day and time period changes for Whitney, Up All Night, Rock Center with Brian Williams and Harry’s Law. Community will be temporarily benched but is expected to return later this season. Prime Suspect tabled, too.
Here is the schedule: READ FULL STORY »
Mary Steenburgen will join in on the fun at TGS when 30 Rock returns to NBC’s midseason lineup. (In other words, it’ll return later rather than sooner, dang it; NBC has yet to reveal its premiere date).
Steenburgen will play Charlotte, the highly spirited and attractive mother of Avery (Elizabeth Banks). The multi-episode role should be a gas because the uber-WASP Charlotte butts heads with Jack (Alec Baldwin).
The actress also begin a four-episode arc this Monday opposite husband/star Ted Danson on HBO’s Bored to Death. The role will be a huge stretch for Steenburgen: She’ll play a vocal coach-cum-love interest for her husband’s character George Christopher.
Steenburgen’s starred in this summer’s hit film The Help.
Alec Baldwin is preparing for life after 30 Rock, working with New York public radio on an interview show that will be available via podcast starting Oct. 24. The first interview posted will be with actor Michael Douglas, who talks about watching Glee with his young daughter. Other interviews to follow will be with Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, reality-show celebrity Kris Kardashian Jenner, comic Chris Rock, actress Kathleen Turner, author Erica Jong and veteran talk-show host Dick Cavett, station WNYC said Thursday. READ FULL STORY »
An X-Men star is coming to the halls of 30 Rock. EW has learned that James Marsden will appear in an episode (or two?) when the Emmy-winning comedy returns to NBC later this season. (We wish we had an exact date, but the Peacock doesn’t have one yet).
Speaking of which, NBC is also remaining tight-lipped about Marsden’s role — but we’d like to think he’d make a fine new lover for Liz Lemon. Last month, the comedy put out a casting call for a man ages 36-40 who can play Tina Fey’s latest love interest.
Here was the official description: “California-bred with liberal values and a youthful innocence. Easy-going but confident with a strong sense of self.” The role would definitely involve a multiple-episode commitment.
Can you see a love connection between Liz and the hunk who played Cyclops?