By the time she died yesterday at the age of 89, Elaine Stritch had made a name for herself in many ways—for her one-woman shows, for her indomitable will, and for her unique, often pants-less fashion sense—but perhaps the most indelible recent addition to her resume was the role of Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock.
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On Thanksgiving Day, Glee will join an elite squad of network TV series: the few, the proud, the ones with puppet episodes. Not episodes that revolve around inevitably creepy marionettes — like Buffy‘s “The Puppet Show” or Criminal Minds‘ “The Lesson” — but ones that instead feature cute, colorful felt facsimiles of one or more main characters. (It’s important to note that these facsimiles are generally not Muppets. To quote an earlier episode of one Puppet Brotherhood member: “Shh! You wanna get sued?”)
Though puppet episodes are a nascent genre, they still generally conform to a certain set of rules. They’ve got the feel of children’s television as made for a decidedly older audience. They include plenty of meta jokes about the characters’ sudden felt status. At some point, someone’s going to act like Kermit when he gets excited. And finally, there’s got to be at least one song — preferably an original, designed to sound like a grown-up Sesame Street outtake.
Glee, most likely, will hit these same notes in “Puppet Master,” its own imaginatively named puppet episode. But how will the show compare to the faux-Muppet stories that have come before? Let’s speculate — after first remembering the four most notable puppet episodes of seasons past.
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Liz Lemon would be so proud!
30 Rock and Weeds actor Maulik Pancholy has officially come out of the closet. What’s even better is that the actor, best known for playing Alec Baldwin’s obsessively stressed-out assistant Jonathan on the beloved NBC sitcom, just celebrated nine years together with his longtime partner.
“It feels like a nice time to be celebrating something like that, especially on the heels of the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions,” the actor told OUT magazine as a member of this year’s OUT 100 list. Other notable out and proud celebs on the list include Orange Is the New Black stars Laverne Cox and Lea Delaria, Sir Ian McKellan, George Takei, Mo Rocca, and Tony winner Billy Porter.
Pancholy got his first big break as Sanjay, a pot dealer on Weeds, but he is also an accomplished voice artist, currently providing the voices of Baljeet Tjinder on Phineas and Ferb and as a very different Sanjay, a boy with a talking snake for a best friend, in the new Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig. 30 Rock ended its run in January after multiple Emmys and seven seasons.
Check out the complete list of this years OUT 100 here.
The Fourth of July means many things: family, food, sun, shouts of “AMURRICA!” and maybe a mosquito bite or four. But more than anything, it’s fireworks that symbolize Fourth of July celebrations around the country — from the lakeside pier to sparklers in the backyard to the Statue of Liberty and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Movies, music videos, and TV shows have captured fireworks moments for generations, both to show emotion (sparks fly!) and of course to represent the holiday. We’ve put together a list of some of the most memorable firework moments in pop culture history below; make sure to let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite!
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What the what?! Sadly, 30 Rock ended its seven-season run in January. But that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop talking about the beloved Tina Fey comedy. Thankfully, the Paley Center agrees. Last night, Fey, Robert Carlock (above), Colleen McGuinness, Josh Siegal, and Dylan Morgan were all on hand in NYC for the panel “Hey Dummies…An Evening with the 30 Rock writers.” I’m sad to report our favorite dummy, Dennis Duffy, was not there. But the good news is the writers did share some fun tidbits about their time working on the show. And just like my favorite pastime of picking out the best 30 Rock episode one-liners, I now share with you the best morsels from the panel: READ FULL STORY
The good news: Tina Fey has “sweatpants-mandatory” Oscar viewing parties, and if you eat your vegetables — er, off-brand Mexican cheese curls — and wish real hard, someday you might be invited to one.
The bad news: She really, really isn’t going to host the Oscar ceremony anytime soon. The subject came up last night on the Late Show, where Fey was appearing to promote her new movie Admission. After David Letterman complimented her performance at the Golden Globes, he asked if she and Amy Poehler might be up for the Academy Awards as well. Fey’s answer, unfortunately, echoed remarks she made to the Huffington Post this week: “I don’t think so. I’ll tell you what — for a woman, just the amount of dresses you would have to try on… It’s a dealbreaker. I’m out.”
Well, blerg. At least she sort of makes up for this later in the interview by predicting that one of her daughters will grow up to be a “lesbian paleontologist.” Check out the clip here:
Want to pass some eye water? Do you love 30 Rock more than you love eating sharp cheddar cheese in your PJs? Well we’ve got the video for you.
In honor of the series finale of 30 Rock, the cast and crew put together this tribute to Tina Fey where they praise her as a writer, boss, and friend.
Jane Krakowski (who better get her Emmy this year) gives an incredibly heartfelt account of meeting Fey and working with her over the years.
“She has gone through a phase in her career where her light shone so brightly,” Krakowski says, wiping away tears. “And she shared her light with all of us, which is really sweet of her.”
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Ben & Jerry’s new 30 Rock flavor has arrived. Correction: Ben & Jerry’s new Liz Lemon flavor has arrived.
Ben & Jerry’s has revealed that its 30 Rock-themed flavor is actually greek frozen yogurt — Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt to be exact. B&J describes its new creation as a “lemony-blueberry-y flavor.” Although we are sure that Liz would appreciate the use of her name, we’re willing to bet she would’ve preferred something with a little bit more of a “night cheese” flavor.
The flavor will be available for your enjoyment this spring.
“Thank you America! That’s our show! Not a lot of people watched it. But the joke’s on you, cause we got paid anyway!”
– Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) on the series finale of 30 Rock
Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Thursday Jan. 31 and come back Sunday to share your pick for best sound bite!
“Dark times are these.” You’re right, Liz Lemon. Dark times, indeed. We’ve finally come to the end of this seven-season journey. Liz Lemon & Co. have said their final goodbyes. 30 Rock will live on in syndication, our hearts, and frequent night cheese tributes. So let’s recap how it all went down:
In “Hogcock,” part 1 of the finale, Liz was trying to acclimate to her new role as a stay-at-home mom. Jack tried to convince Lemon that she would go crazy without an outlet, but she was sure she could make it work. Further complicating matters, Liz started an all-out message board war with an anonymous Internet nemesis on the website, GothamMoms.com. As it turned out, her nemesis was her own husband, Criss, who was equally struggling in his new role as a working dad. So they decide to switch: Criss would stay at home, and Liz would pitch a new show to Kenneth. “John Hardly. He loves his family, but he hates the rat race. He’s: Hardly Working.” Kenneth turned her down, and instead gave her one last chance for TGS to make America say, ‘What? Why?’” A stipulation in Tracy’s contract required that he appear in at least 150 episodes of TGS, or the network would owe him $30 million. They’d only done 149, so Kenneth insisted that Liz come back and do one more show. READ FULL STORY
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