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'30 Rock' Season 7 confirmed to be final season: Will Tina Fey stay at NBC?

Though NBC was initially reluctant to confirm that their Season 7 pickup of mainstay sitcom "30 Rock" would be the final season, they did make the official announcement at their Upfront presentation in New York on Monday morning. NBC president Bob Greenblatt revealed that while "30 Rock" had been picked up, it was only for a shortened, 13-episode run -- which would culminate with a one-hour series finale. It comes as little surprise to fans of the show, who have been aware of star Alec Baldwin's publicized discontent with the network. Greenblatt does confirm that Baldwin will return next season.One star who they do hope to see stick around on a more permanent basis is executive producer Tina Fey. "We think the world of Tina Fey, who is truly a comic genius," Greenblatt says, "and we hope she has a home at NBC for years to come."In anticipation of "30 Rock's" exit from the schedule,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/30-rock-season-7-confirmed-to-be-final-season-will-tina-fey-stay-at-nbc.html

30 Rock Season Finale “What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?” Season 6 Episode 22

30 Rock  "What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?" Season 6 Episode 22  airs Thursday May 17 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Episode Synopsis:  JACK (ALEC BALDWIN) AND AVERY (ELIZABETH BANKS) PLAN TO RENEW THEIR VOWS. CRISS (JAMES MARSDEN) WANTS TO PROVE TO LIZ (TINA FEY) THAT HE’S THE ONE. Determined to prove his marriage has survived Avery’s kidnapping unscathed, Jack (Alec Baldwin) asks Liz (Fey) to officiate their vow renewal . Meanwhile, Criss (Marsden) tries to convince Liz that he’s worth sticking around for. Tracy (Tracy Morgan) meets with Cornel West (guest star Cornel West) to discuss his influence as a black celebrity. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/05/17/30-rock-what-will-happen-to-the-gang-next-year-season-6-episode-22/  

NBC Renews ’30 Rock’ For Final Season

30 Rock  is making a comeback to bid farewell to  fans in one more season according to  TV Line . Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) fanatics will now be happy  to hear this latest news that was released this past Thursday. The comedy show starring Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live, Cop Out) , Alec Baldwin (The Departed, Beetlejuice), Jane Krakowski (Ally McBeal), Jack McBrayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Despicable Me), and Scott Adsit ( The Italian Job, The Informant) will be returning for one last season with the entire cast on board. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/05/11/nbc-renews-30-rock-for-final-season/  

30 Rock “The Return of Avery Jessup” Season 6 Episode 21

30 Rock  "The Return of Avery Jessup" Season 6 Episode 21 airs Thursday May 10 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Episode Synopsis :  AVERY (GUEST STAR ELIZABETH BANKS) FINALLY RETURNS HOME FROM NORTH KOREA, BUT JACK (ALEC BALDWIN) QUESTIONS HER FIDELITY OVERSEAS. Jack (Baldwin) suspects Avery is hiding something when she is seemingly unmoved by news of his indiscretions. Meanwhile, Liz (Tina Fey) embraces her role as breadwinner much to Criss’s (James Marsden) chagrin. Tracy (Tracy Morgan) and Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) try to help Jenna (Jane Krakowski) find a sponsor for her upcoming wedding. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/05/10/30-rock-the-return-of-avery-jessup-season-6-episode-21/  

30 Rock “Queen of Jordan 2: The Mystery Of The Phantom Pooper” Season 6 Episode 20

30 Rock  "Queen of Jordan 2 : The Mystery Of  The Phantom Pooper" Season 6 Episode 20  airs Thursday May 3 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Episode Synopsis:  "QUEEN OF JORDAN" TAKES OVER "TGS". SHERRI SHEPHERD AND MARY STEENBURGEN GUEST STAR.The launch of Angie Jordan’s (Sherri Shepherd) new clothing line brings "Queen of Jordan" back to "TGS", but the cameras focus on Jack (Alec Baldwin) when news about his wife, Avery, forces him to confront his feelings for Diana (guest star Steenburgen). Meanwhile, Liz (Tina Fey) finds herself in a feud with the reality show’s youngest cast member. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/05/03/30-rock-queen-of-jordan-2-the-mystery-of-the-phantom-pooper-season-6-episode-20/  

'30 Rock' live show: Amy Poehler and Paul McCartney bring the funny

"30 Rock" kicked off network sweeps in style with its live broadcast on Thursday (April 26). To bolster its already stellar cast, the show brought out the stars including Paul McCartney, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler and Kim Kardashian.The episode centered around a decision to turn "TGS" into a taped broadcast because of the cost savings. When Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) hears the news, he can't accept that fate. As a result, he forces Jack (Alec Baldwin), Liz (Tina Fey) and crew to reconsider their decision by revisiting great moments in live TV history. In the end, Kenneth gets his wish as "TGS" will stay live (but there might be a couple of pay cuts along the way).The celebs were featured in a variety of different ways. McCartney and Kardashian played themselves. Hamm starred in a couple of sketches. Poehler played a younger and blonder version of her good friend Fey. Other guest stars included fellow NBCers... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/30-rock-live-show-amy-poehler-and-paul-mccartney-bring-the-funny.html

TV ratings: Live '30 Rock' improves but 'Idol' and 'Big Bang Theory' lead Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 26, 2012"The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol" occupied the top ratings spots Thursday night as usual, but while "Idol" was pretty much even with its numbers last week, the first new "BBT" in three weeks was down a little. Elsewhere, a live episode of "30 Rock" helped the show score its best ratings in several weeks, while "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" were both steady in adults 18-49 for ABC. "The Vampire Diaries" was more or less on par with recent original episodes, but "The Secret Circle" lost nearly half its lead-in audience.CBS led the night in viewers, drawing 11.6 million people and a 7.2 rating/12 share in households. FOX (10.5 million, 6.4/10) came in second, while ABC (7.7 million, 5.2/8) finished third. There was a pretty big drop to fourth-place NBC, which averaged 3.1 million viewers and a 2.0/3. The CW trailed with 1.7 million viewers and a... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/tv-ratings-live-30-rock-improves-but-idol-and-big-bang-theory-lead-thursday.html

'30 Rock' Live: Guest Stars & Flashbacks & Kim Kardashian - Oh My!

NEW YORK -- In a break from its usual filmed style, NBC's "30 Rock" went live Thursday night with an episode that was full of fun and, yes, very lively. As promised, the setup for the episode had boss Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) delivering the bad news that, as a cost-cutting measure, "TGS," the fictitious show-within-a-show produced by Liz Lemon (series star Tina Fey), would henceforth be filmed, not broadcast live. "From now on," he said, "you write and shoot the season in two weeks, like `Wheel of Fortune' and Fox News." Liz erupted in protest. "`TGS' has to be live or it will lose all its excitement and spontaneity," she declared. "That's the beauty of live TV: Anything can happen!" And at that moment, Kenneth the NBC Page (Jack McBrayer) entered Donaghy's office with Paul McCartney in tow, telling him, "Here's a bathroom you can use." McCartney disappeared into Donaghy's executive loo. Anything indeed. Liz was easily won over once she realized that filming "TGS" would be quicker and easier. But Kenneth argued passionately for the excitement that live TV represents, reminding his colleagues of historic live programs from NBC's rich past. This paved the way for several wacky flashbacks, including the 1950s live sitcom "The Lovebirds," a spoof of "The Honeymooners." In the black-and-white sequence in a bare-bones Brooklyn apartment, Baldwin assumed the Jackie Gleason role, with Fey as the long-suffering wife originally portrayed by Audrey Meadows. "You're a real cut-up," sneered Baldwin in a sendup of Gleason's ranting Ralph Kramden. "In fact, one of these days I'm gonna cut you up in pieces and feed you to the neighbor's dogs." "It'd be the first time you've taken me out for dinner in years," replied the poker-faced Fey. In another flashback, Baldwin played a pickled parody of Dean Martin from his 1960s variety series. And "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan appeared in a flashback from a pioneering 1950s sitcom that featured African-Americans – a spoof of "Amos `n' Andy" with a burnt-cork-faced Jon Hamm as his black sidekick. Among other surprise guests were Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon and Fred Armisen. Thursday's episode was the second such venture for "30 Rock," which aired live the first time in October 2010. As it did then, this half-hour was broadcast from NBC's Studio 8H – otherwise the home of "Saturday Night Live" – in front of a live studio audience. The initial performance – telecast at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time – went smoothly, with no noticeable technical glitches and one minor flubbed line. Three hours later, the cast and guest stars hit their marks once again for viewers in the western U.S. One change: instead of Sir Paul, reality queen Kim Kardashian made use of Donaghy's bathroom. By the end of the episode, Donaghy was won over to the importance of live TV. "`TGS' is meant to be live," he concluded. "To make it more profitable, we'll just need to do more sponsored product placements. Or I'll just pay you all less." Whereupon Paul McCartney reappeared on stage, looking dazed. "I slipped and hit my head in the bathroom," he said. "Who am I?" "You're my boyfriend!" Liz Lemon told him as she gleefully led him away. In the western version, Kardashian had the last word. When Liz remarked that 2.5 million viewers saw "TGS," Kardashian strolled by and recorded the moment on video for her followers. "Now, 14 million people just saw it. You're welcome," Kardashian said. "Oh, and also, I broke your toilet." ___ Online: ___ AP Television Writer Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this report. __ http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/hoBw3FPJ8Go/30-rock-live-recap-guest-stars-kim-kardashian_n_1458491.html

'30 Rock' & A Brief History Of Shows Going Live

NEW YORK -- In a move to inject new life into its kookiness, "30 Rock" is going live this week. It will be the second such outing for the NBC comedy, which is normally a polished, single-camera filmed affair. It went live for a night in October 2010 with an episode performed during the show's normal time slot, then re-staged for West Coast viewers. The same plan will be followed this Thursday: Originating from NBC's Studio 8H (fabled home of "Saturday Night Live"), "30 Rock" will air live for viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones at 8:30 p.m. EDT, then be reprised at 8:30 PDT for the rest of the country. The theme of the episode plays into the idea of Live vs. Filmed. The Kabletown corporate bosses announce they will no longer pay for live production of "TGS" (the fictitious show-within-a-show produced by Liz Lemon, played by "30 Rock" star Tina Fey). After first resisting, Liz and NBC exec Jack Donaghy (co-star Alec Baldwin) realize their lives would be simplified by shooting "TGS" episodes on film, fast and cheap. But Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer) objects, arguing that nothing can replace the excitement of live television. Time will tell. "30 Rock" could use a little excitement. Although highly acclaimed and richly awarded during its six seasons, it has begun to lose the comic edge that set it apart. And, while never a ratings juggernaut, it has seen its audience further soften this season (just 3 million viewers tuned in last week). Clearly, "30 Rock" could use a jolt. A stunt like going live is one way to score renewed attention and, perhaps, a boost in viewership. In TV, live is a favorite way to shake things up. "The Drew Carey Show" aired a live, improv-laced episode in 1999. Two years before that, "ER" staged an ambitious live hour of that medical drama. "Will & Grace" kicked off its season in September 2005 with a live episode whose guest star was none other than Alec Baldwin. And 20 years ago, the Fox sitcom "Roc," starring Charles S. Dutton as a garbage collector, aired a full season of episodes live. The initial stab at live-ness by "30 Rock," while whipped into something of an event, was a mixed blessing: For better or worse, the episode reveled in the sort of sitcom cliches and cartoonish excess that "30 Rock" so brilliantly resists any other week. Meanwhile, there were no memorable glitches or flubbed lines, which surely disappointed viewers who came hoping for a train wreck. Live isn't just performing without a net. It can be a license for sloppiness in ideas and execution: Consider "Saturday Night Live," which too often comes across as the rough draft of a polished final product that will never be performed. But live TV has taken on a mystique for both performers and viewers ever since video tape was invented during TV's infancy in the 1950s. The arrival of video tape made live production a bold choice and an exercise in daring – rather than the bothersome necessity it had been before, when no alternative existed. The arrival of video tape brought new convenience even to live broadcasts: A show that aired live in the East could be taped and replayed for later time zones. This, of course, remains the practice for most live programming today, including most news shows (such as the morning programs and the dinner-hour newscasts) and even "Saturday Night Live." (The "SNL" cast is frolicking at the after-party by the time West Coast viewers catch the show, "live from New York," on tape.) But "30 Rock" will play it old school on Thursday, with a fresh performance of the episode for the West Coast. Just how fresh the episode is remains to be seen. ___ Online: ___ http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/YhlCzEXmZBk/30-rock-live-audience-sitcoms_n_1451939.html

30 Rock “Live From Studio 6H” Season 6 Episode 19

30 Rock  "Live From Studio 6H" Season 6 Episode 19 airs Thursday April 26 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Episode Synopsis:  KENNETH (JACK MCBRAYER) TAKES DRASTIC MEASURES TO PROVE WHY TGS SHOULD STAY A LIVE  SHOWWhen their Kabletown bosses announce they will no longer pay for TGS to be a live show, Liz Lemon  (Tina Fey) and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) realize their lives will actually be easier if they shoot canned episodes fast and cheap. Only Kenneth the page (McBrayer) objects, urging that nothing can replace the communal experience of live television. He tries to convince  the TGS staff to fight for their right to be live by taking them and our audience through a magical look back at the illustrious history of Studio 6H. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/04/26/30-rock-live-from-studio-6h-season-6-episode-19/  
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