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'30 Rock': Willy Wonka and the NBC factory

30 Rock is going out with a bang. Or a least with a wonderful tribute to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In an effort to find his successor, Jack reinstated Kenneth the page to give a special VIP tour to the five final candidates for the position. The contenders (conveniently named Charlie, Veruca, Mike, Augustus, and Violet) were led to believe the tour was just a formality, but it was really the last part of the interview. Enter “NBC’s TV version of Willy Wonka starring Bob Uecker.” READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Jack and Liz take Florida!

It’s the final countdown! In “Florida,” Jack was still riding the high of defeating Kaylie Hooper to claim his rightful spot as Kabletown CEO. But since the promotion wasn’t official just yet, he was tying up some loose ends. That included a trip to Florida to take care of his mother’s estate. He invited Liz to accompany him, and she agreed in an effort to be more spontaneous. But the mentor/mentee got quite a shock when they discovered that Colleen’s live-in nurse, Martha, was much more than a nurse. At first, Jack believed his mother had been scammed. But twist! Mrs. Silly Colleen had really taken a female lover, and just failed to tell Jack.  READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin talks '30 Rock' with Rolling Stone: Season 5 'was the low point'

Alec Baldwin agrees with lots of fans — season five of 30 Rock wasn’t the show’s best.

As the show prepares to air its final episode Jan. 31, Baldwin spoke with Rolling Stone as part of a 30 Rock cover story, and — in typical Baldwin form — spoke out about what he perceived as a relative shortcoming. “It was the low point,” Baldwin told the magazine about season five of the comedy. “Though even anemic 30 Rock writing is still better than everybody else’s writing. I go, ‘I’m going to get the f*** out of here, I’m done,’ because I’m an employee, I don’t have any say. So season 5 ends, and I’m saying ‘Next year, I’m done,’ then I come back, and season 6 is really good, we all had fun again.”

Although Baldwin didn’t think very much Reaganing was going on during season 5, that season certainly had some great moments, bringing fans most of Liz Lemon’s relationship with Carol (Matt Damon), as well as the first Queen of Jordan “reality” show, and, actually, the term “Reaganing.” And while Baldwin ultimately decided to got back on board — and later in the interview said he would have been up for even a “season 9, 10, 11″ —  he recognized that Fey’s decision to end the show now was the right choice. READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock' cast reminisces on 'Jimmy Fallon' -- VIDEO

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer, all hanging out with Jimmy Fallon and telling behind-the-scenes stories about 30 Rock? And at some point, every one of them does a Tracy Morgan impression?

I want to go to there.

Last night, the principal cast of the celebrated NBC sitcom — 97 Emmy nominations, nerds! — visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, getting together for the first time since 30 Rock‘s wrap party in December. Their whole 26-minute appearance is worth watching, especially for the backstage tidbits. In the first part of the interview, for example, Jordan — er, Morgan — enthuses about that legendary wrap party, likening it to a Caligula-style orgy and saying that it gave him an opportunity to make out with every member of the show’s cast and crew. (Fallon: “Even with Alec?” Morgan: “Especially with Alec! I’m pregnant right now!”)

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'30 Rock': Jack battles his teenage nemesis and Octavia Spencer stops by

The end is nigh, nerds! As a part of her lifelong quest to have it all, Liz started fertility treatments. But of course the hormones from the injections made her extra crazy and forced Lemon to reconsider her options: She could go it the old-fashioned way, wait at least another four years to adopt a newborn, or adopt an older child. (An older kid? Gross!) Ultimately, with some unlikely help from Tracy, she decided that maybe she could handle an older child. So it seems that Liz Lemon might end up with a kid by the season’s end after all.  READ FULL STORY

Shia LaBeouf to make Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin

Good thing Shia LaBeouf has officially kissed big blockbusters goodbye — he’s now free to star in a Broadway production of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, which premiered in 1983 in Los Angeles. This will mark the play’s first appearance on Broadway.

LaBeouf will play Treat, a young, orphaned thief who lives with his mentally damaged younger brother Phillip (a role that has not yet been cast). When Treat kidnaps the wealthy, older Harold (Alec Baldwin), he and Phillip realize that they may have found the father figure they’ve always yearned for. Baldwin last appeared on Broadway in 2004, when he starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Twentieth Century.

Orphans begins previews March 19 at the Schoenfeld Theatre, currently home to a Glengarry Glen Ross revival starring Al Pacino. Its opening night is set for April 7. Think Michael Bay might show up in the cheap seats?

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'30 Rock': One wedding and a funeral

Liz Lemon tied the knot last week proving there’s hope for everyone in this strange world. So will she get pregnant with little Rufus T. Barleysheath before the series finale? Only time will tell. Until then, Lemon can bask in the glory of her 80 Under 80 award. While riding her marriage high, Ms. Elizabeth Lemon — she’s keeping her name — found out she’d been named one of the women in entertainment who aren’t Betty White. She was thrilled with the honor, particularly when she learned the ceremony would be broadcast on Lifetime.com/garbagefile.  READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Liz Lemon gets married!

There’s hope for us all! Elizabeth Lemon and Criss Chros finally tied the knot. If you didn’t even know they were engaged, don’t worry. The whole thing—engagement to “I Do’s”—happened in the course of “Mazel Tov, Dummies!” Here’s how it all went down: Liz and Criss ran into mayhem Dennis Duffy and discovered that he was married. (Who would marry Dennis? Megan, maiden name Duffy—hopefully no relation. That’s who.) Dennis also happened to have an adopted son named Black Dennis. And that was just too much for Liz to take. READ FULL STORY

Twitter RantWatch: Alec Baldwin calls 'New York Post' 'the worst newspaper in human history'

Apparently, there’s just one thing Alec Baldwin hates more than those lying so-and-sos at the New York Daily News: those lying so-and-sos at the New York Post.

In June, Baldwin spent an entire day raging at the Daily News on Twitter after he got into a physical confrontation with one of the paper’s photographers. One of his tweets even included this totally reasonable hashtag: “#allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded.” Today, though, another news source has stoked the 30 Rock star’s ire: the Post, which recently published an inflammatory column that calls Baldwin “bully-boy,” “blubberous,” and a “bloviating psycho who seduce[s] small women and bash[es] puny photographers,” all while defending his alleged stalker Genevive Sabourin. Andrea Peyser, you simply must learn to form an opinion.

Baldwin, naturally, wasn’t about to take this lying down.  READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy

Woah! Before we get into tonight’s episode, let’s talk about that invitation to Liz Lemon’s wedding in two weeks! Yup, it looks like Elizabeth Miervaldis Lemon will wed Criss later this month. Discuss! But Lemon had more important things to worry about in “Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy.” See: her aching bunions. (Actually, don’t see it. It’s probably gross.) Her podiatrist said the only possibly explanation was that one of her ancestors mated with a dinosaur. Naturally. Anyway, Lemon needed quadruple bunion surgery, a procedure that would require her to stay off her feet for three weeks. Liz knew she couldn’t accomplish that working with the less-than-helpful TGS staffers.

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