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Ricky Gervais 'hands over the reins' to Tina Fey, Amy Poehler as Golden Globe co-hosts -- EXCLUSIVE

Ricky Gervais may have scared the pants off of A-listers as the snarky, saucy host of the Golden Globe Awards for the past three years, but he good-naturedly said Tuesday he decided to pass the baton to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as co-hosts of next year’s Golden Globes.

In pure Gervais style, of course, he threw some pointed barbs in.

“Good luck to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. After failing three years in a row to make E! Channel’s Best Dressed list, I decided to hand over the reins,” said Gervais in an exclusive statement to EW. “Let me know if you run out of Scientology gags.” 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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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes

No more Ricky Gervais: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The duo will anchor NBC’s live coverage of the program on Jan. 13 from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Fey and Poehler co-starred together in the films Mean Girls and Baby Mama, plus worked with each other for years on Saturday Night Live, including a stretch as co-anchors of Weekend Update (2004-06). Now both are stars on NBC’s Thursday night comedy block (with Fey on 30 Rock and Poehler on Parks & Recreation). The announcement makes total sense for NBC, both in terms of finding a pair with natural comedic chemistry and in terms of promoting its shows.

Gervais hosted the event the past three years, drawing some criticism for his jokes being supposedly too harsh the first couple times, and then too soft during his third round. Gervais managed to keep the show’s ratings relatively stable across all three telecasts, hovering just under 17 million viewers. The announcement comes on the heels of ABC tapping Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars next year.  READ FULL STORY

'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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Alec Baldwin says he offered to cut his salary for more '30 Rock'

As 30 Rock is set to premiere its seventh and final season tonight (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), Alec Baldwin isn’t ready for it to end after all. “I offered NBC to cut my pay 20 percent in order to have a full 7th and 8th seasons of 30 Rock. I realize times have changed,” he tweeted Thursday morning.

The final season will have 13 episodes, including a supersized finale. From the beginning of the show, which revitalized Baldwin’s career and earned him six consecutive Emmy nominations (with two wins), there was a question of how long he’d play Jack Donaghy. In EW’s current cover story, Tina Fey says she took a Zen approach to Baldwin’s contract negotiations over the years. “You can’t control things by being nervous about it. There definitely were times where I expressed to him how I would very much like him to do it and how important it was to me — and if he thought we were going to continue without him, we would not. But I think by season 3 [we knew he was staying],” Fey says. “I had a dinner with him when I was very pregnant with my second child to say, ‘Let’s do season 7, come on. Let’s do it!’ And he said okay. I think I had the baby the next day. And now not a day goes by that he doesn’t go around to the crew and agitate for a season 8: ‘You’ve gotta change your minds!’ It’s like, ‘It’s not really up to me — and also, no.’”

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'30 Rock' first look: Liz and Jack talk puzzles and, er, positions -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

30 Rock‘s return next Thursday will be bittersweet. As the title of season 7′s premiere indicates, this is “The Beginning of the End” — the first episode of Tina Fey’s sitcom’s last season. At least we know that the show will hit the ground running: the premiere features Jack (Alec Baldwin) developing an “unusual business strategy” that seems to involve driving NBC into the ground, Jenna (Jane Krakowski) doing her best bridezilla impression, and Hazel (Kristen Schaal) and Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) inviting Tracy (Tracy Morgan) to a dinner party at the “condemned site of the Candy Man Murders” — a.k.a. their apartment.

But before the madness begins, Liz (Fey) and Jack have their annual short catching-up powwow. She tells him how she spent her hiatus — hint: it involves a lot of puzzles — and that she and Criss (James Marsden) are “trying.” He, of course, wastes no time making her feel uncomfortable. Get a first look at their quippy exchange below:

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Tina Fey on which '30 Rock' guest-stars she wants back and more -- VIDEO

Time to high-five a million angels! Or even more because Tina Fey is coming your way.

EW’s current cover star talked about everything from Bossypants to Mean Girls in her wide-ranging EW Interview. Now, she answers even more questions in a video Q&A. Find out how she’s feeling about 30 Rock‘s end, what celebrity guest stars she hopes make one final appearance (fingers crossed for “settling soul mate” Wesley Snipes!), and what she really thinks is the right age to get a tattoo.

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Ryan Lochte to make a splash on '30 Rock'

Olympic aquatic sensation Ryan Lochte will cameo on an upcoming episode of 30 Rock. The gold-medalist swimmer told New York Magazine that he was filming with Tina Fey and Co. today, and a spokesperson for NBC confirms the news… without commenting further on the role Lochte might play.

Let’s assume Lochte will be playing himself — like Aaron Sorkin, Oprah Winfrey, and Al Gore. But how will he fit in with the crazy cast of characters? Might he be a guest host on The Girly Show? Could he be a rival to James Marsden’s Criss and want Liz Lemon to model his new line of ladies’ swimwear? Might he be the perfect love match for Cerie? Kenneth’s evil “twin”?

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Tina Fey to guest on 'The Simpsons' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Tina Fey is going to be a
mean girl... on The Simpsons. In an upcoming episode of the animated Fox comedy, the star/creator of 30 Rock will voice the role of Ms. Cantwell, an otherwise nice substitute teacher who does not warm to Lisa for some mysterious reason and bullies her. How bad does it get? “She gives Lisa a 'B' and Ralph an 'A' even though Ralph signed his paper ‘Ralpa,’” says exec producer Al Jean. “And Lisa has a reading kangaroo with a bunch of little joeys in it for the books that she reads, and [Ms. Cantwell]

takes the joeys out and puts them in other kangaroos. Hardcore stuff.” READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Tina Fey on Liz Lemon as a mom, and her season 7 'bucket list'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

Tina Fey is the first to admit that 30 Rock hasn’t survived on ratings alone. The series has always relied on the kindness of award voters. It’s been nominated for the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy every year it’s been eligible, winning three times. 30 Rock and Fey herself have earned so much acclaim that you’d think the novelty of awards would have worn off, especially now that the show is going into its 7th and final season. But Fey tells EW that it hasn’t gotten old. “It’s super fun if you win,” she says. “I mean, it’s super duper fun. Believe me, I wouldn’t be mad if it happened again, but at a certain point, it’s also just avarice.”

Since its premiere, 30 Rock has operated as though every season were its last. “Because we lived in fear, or freedom from fear, of getting canceled for so long, anything weird we wanted to do, we went ahead and did it,” says Fey. Yet season 6 has still found new, weird territory to explore, including a memorably bizarre superhero sequence and another live show. And even crazier, we’ve seen Liz Lemon make real strides toward happy, functional adulthood. Read on as Fey takes us through some of Liz’s most pivotal moments of season 6 and teases what’s in store for season 7. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: '30 Rock' EP Robert Carlock talks 'Murphy Brown' and Liz Lemon's future

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

As 30 Rock nears its final 13 episodes, Executive Producer Robert Carlock knows more than anyone that there’s a lot of ground to cover. And that’s exactly what he’ll do this week as he heads back into the writers’ room with Tina Fey. Last week, with only a few, sweet days left in his vacation, Carlock took a moment to talk about season 6 with EW — in particular, writing episode 518, “Murphy Brown Lied to Us.”

“This was the season where we were using our ammunition and doing stuff with the characters in a fun way that we hadn’t [for a few seasons],” says the three-time Emmy winner. “This season felt like one where we were paying stuff off a lot.” Among those pay-offs, Liz Lemon (Fey) committed to a man and the possibility of motherhood, Jack (Alec Baldwin) reunited with his kidnapped wife Avery (Elizabeth Banks) — only to get a quickie divorce — and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) got engaged.

While many sitcoms limp to their series finales, Carlock assured that will not be the case for 30 Rock. “This is a show that doesn’t tend to go quietly into the night,” he laughed. “The challenge next year will be doing justice to all of the characters and landing everyone in the right place.” Below, check out a clip of “Murphy,” then read what Carlock had to say about everything from Jack’s torture couches, to Jenna’s wedding, and the return of a few of Liz’s old flames.

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'Ask Tina': Tina Fey's plans for summer (and clues to the '30 Rock' series finale?) -- EXCLUSIVE

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In NBC’s latest “Ask Tina” webisode, Tina Fey and “American treasure Richard Dean” — 30 Rock‘s makeup artist who showed up this past season as the creepy neighbor who always wakes Liz with a kiss — discussed the star’s plans for the summer. It’s not working on a chain gang or becoming best friends with Ina Garten in the Hamptons, but she claims her summer job is her “second calling.” Watch below, and remember to thank her the next time you swallow too much water at Dorney Park. READ FULL STORY

Live '30 Rock' rises in ratings

NBC’s 30 Rock hit a six-week high in the ratings with a live episode, while ABC’s Scandal managed to rival CBS’ usual 10 p.m. victor The Mentalist. Both gains are offset, however, by the fairly low ratings levels we’re talking about for all the shows involved.

Thursday night saw broadcasters airing all-original episodes as we near May sweeps. Here’s how the night breaks down:

Fox won the evening with a steady American Idol (14.4 million viewers, 3.9 adults 18-49 rating) and Touch (6.5 million, 1.9), the latter falling 10 percent to a new low.

CBS was second with Big Bang (12.5 million, 4.0) down 9 percent to a low and Rules of Engagement (8.3 million, 2.5) up 14 percent. Person of Interest (12.5 million, 2.4) dropped 20 percent to low and The Mentalist (11.9 million, 2.1) was down 13 percent to a low. READ FULL STORY

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