This might sound like a strange thing to say about a show that boasts one of the best ensemble casts on TV, the Emmys to prove it, and ample critical love, but here goes: 30 Rock just can't catch a break. First off, the show's critical acclaim has yet to translate into great ratings, but even diehard 30 Rock fans probably haven't gotten the full experience, yet.
Due to questions surrounding Alec Baldwin's contract status at the end of the first season, the show killed a young "but already hilarious and promising" storyline about the engagement of Baldwin's Jack Donaghy to an Avian Bone Syndrome-suffering Christie's auctioneer. Then, just as the second season was hitting its stride, the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike claimed seven episodes. So maybe the third season will be the charm, with 30 Rock benefitting from creator Tina Fey's high-profile movie roles and portrayals of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.