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PopWatch Confessional: What's your ringtone?

We’ve come a long way from the days of candybar phones pre-programmed with monophonic versions of “The Entertainer.” These days, anything can be a ringtone — which comes in handy when you’re as pop culture-obsessed as EW’s staff.

Assistant News Director Denise Warner has her phone play the Downton Abbey theme song whenever she gets a call; before that, her cell rang to the tune of Warren G’s “Regulate.” EW.com producer Nika Vagner uses Ryan Gosling reading “Hey girl” memes aloud as her ringtone. (And you can too!) My own ringtone isn’t particularly pop culture-y — it’s a snippet from a Guster song I’ve been using since I was 19 — but my mom programmed her own so that when I call her, it plays “Mambo” from West Side Story. This explains why I turned out the way I did.

So, what’s your own custom ringtone? Read how other EW staffers answered this question, then add your response in the comments. Bonus points for anyone who uses a Stefon quote; points deducted for anything including the word “trampire.”

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Jonathan's coming back to '30 Rock'! Who else should return for the final season?

Jack Donaghy’s office hasn’t been the same since Maulik Pancholy, the actor who played his sycophantic assistant Jonathan, left for supposedly greener pastures — i.e. a co-starring role on NBC’s Whitney. Thankfully, Whitney‘s retooling and 30 Rock‘s imminent final season have created a perfect storm: TV Guide says Pancholy is ditching Whitney Cummings in favor of Tina Fey, as anyone given a choice between the two would. Let’s celebrate by talking about ourselves all the time!

I’m not prepared to deal with the fact that 30 Rock will end in 2013. But the news about Jonathan also got me pondering which other supporting characters I’d like to see pop up again during the show’s last year. Popular recurring faces like Will Arnett’s devious Devon Banks, Chris Parnell’s loopy Dr. Spaceman, and Dean Winters’ skeevy Dennis Duffy are basically guaranteed to reappear — but what about the folks who make a big impact without being marquee names? Here’s who I’m talking about:

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Love cover star Louis C.K.? Check out these up-and-coming comics

This week’s cover star Louis C.K. is often referred to as a comedian’s comedian, the kind of guy who considers the stand-up form sacred and takes his form and craft very seriously. In carving out his own personal area of the comedy world (one worth millions of dollars without a short term loan), he has not only cast himself as a singularity but also paved the way for a new wave of dynamic stand-ups who have thrived in today’s multi-platform environment mostly by tapping into their purest selves — just like Louis did.

So take a look at these five comics, all of whom seem ready to break out at a moment’s notice. You may not know them now… but you will. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin returning to Broadway in 'Orphans'

Alec Baldwin has already lined up his first post-30 Rock gig: The actor will star in the Broadway debut of Orphans, directed by Daniel Sullivan and produced by Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole.

“I have dreamed, for a long time, of doing this play with this director,” Baldwin said in a statement that was put out with the announcement. “It’s an honor to work with Dan Sullivan in Lyle Kessler’s Orphans.”

The play features three characters. At the center of it all are two orphaned brothers who live in a run-down row house in North Philadelphia. There’s Treat, the eldest, who supports his damaged younger brother Phillip by stealing. The house turns into a prison for Phillip, who appears to be simple-minded. On one particular occasion, Treat kidnaps a rich, older man, Harold — this is the role Baldwin has been cast in — who, as it’s revealed, has his own motives and becomes a father figure for the boys. The roles of Treat and Phillip have not yet been cast.

An exact location for the play has yet to be set, but Orphans will be staged at one of the Shubert theaters in New York City. Orphans first premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, before heading off for a Steppenwolfe Theatre engagement in Chicago in 1985 and a successful runs in off-Broadway in New York and in London. A film version was made in 1987.

Baldwin’s last hit the New York stage in 2006, when he starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off Broadway production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane. More recently, he appeared on stage in the 2010 Guild Hall production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Tony Walton, in East Hampton, N.Y.

The upcoming seventh season of 30 Rock will be the NBC comedy’s last and, although Baldwin has a tradition of wavering before returning for each season, he will appear in the series’ final 13 episodes, including a one-hour season finale. 30 Rock will likely wrap its shooting for the season before Orphans debuts.

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POLL: Your favorite May finale wedding dress?

Best Wedding Dress wasn’t a category in our annual Season Finale Awards, but it could have been. There were at least eight ceremonies planned for May (some of them, of course, failed to go off without a hitch). Which of the dresses below was your favorite? READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

The polls are officially open in our third annual readers’ choice Season Finale Awards. Now through Monday, vote for your favorites — or least favorites — in 20 categories. We’ll crown the winners Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

Happy Blerg-day, Tina Fey! Here's to 42 years of funny business

Hey, nerds! Who’s got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and celebrates her 42nd birthday today? That’s right: Tina Fey, creator of 30 Rock, writer of Mean Girls, and overall funny-lady legend. Let’s recognize the occasion by high-fiving a million angels — and remembering some of Fey’s greatest creations.

“Mom Jeans”
If you’re searching for the perfect gift for Fey, look no further than J.C. Penney — where you’ll find plenty of denim with nine-inch zippers and casual front pleats. Saturday Night Live‘s then-head writer penned this classic ode to unflattering pants in 2003; it’s still among the show’s funniest fake commercials.

Mean Girls
Trying to choose your favorite quote from this teen comedy is harder than navigating the high school cafeteria. Luckily, this video saves you the trouble by compiling all of the movie’s best moments into one handy montage. Four for you, YouTube! You go, YouTube!

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'30 Rock': I now pronounce you divorced! Discuss the season 6 finale

Well, PopWatchers, “What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?” was the finale to 30 Rock‘s penultimate season. Yup, season 7 will be the series’ last. And in terms of season finales, I have to say the season 6 ender was a little underwhelming. But at least they’ve now primed us for where things (might) be headed come fall. Will Liz and Criss have a baby? Will Jack become the supreme leader of KableTown? Will Kenneth…who cares what Kenneth does! But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Liz and Criss continued their discussion about possibly having a plant baby together. Criss was particularly worried that Liz would bail on him. “You know what kind of women in their 40s have never been married, Liz? Uggos, crazies, and bailers. You’re not an uggo. And you’re haha crazy, not oh boy crazy, which means you bail!” So Criss set out to make enough money to pay for their apartment renovations. And when his hot dog business didn’t deliver, he sold his van, Van Der Beek. That’s true love.

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'30 Rock' finale: Lizzing is what happens while you're busy making other plans

One never does well to make plans in the 30 Rock universe. Let us consider last year’s season finale: All Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) wanted was to spend the summer wearing comfortable clothes, spending time outside, and learning Spanish. And technically she did all those things — when she was sentenced to don a jumpsuit and work on a community service trash crew with a bunch of Latino criminals.

On 30 Rock, the best laid plans are often the source of the most perverse pleasure. They reveal, to quote Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) in that same episode, “[the show's] version of normal.” And yet, as we head toward tonight’s season finale, all the major players were making plans like they had only a few hours to live. Oh wait… Below, we check in with Lemon, Jack, and the rest of the gang to see where they think life will take them in season 7.* READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Welcome home, Avery Jessup!

Last night’s 30 Rock, “The Return of Avery Jessup,” unsurprisingly featured the return of Avery Jessup. Avery finally reunited with her family, and despite her prolonged absence, she and Jack decided to quickly go back to life as they once knew it. As expected, the power couple totally crushed their return to normalcy. But not before they both participated in a power struggle/head game that only Avery and Jack could concoct and not hate each other at the end.

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