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'30 Rock': Unwindulax because Jenna's picking the next president!

The final season of 30 Rock is certainly taking advantage of the presidential election. I mean, if it weren’t for the current political landscape, we would live in a world without Baseball Mitt Romney and Barack Ollama! With the election just around the corner, Jack was doing all he could to raise money for his Republican Super PAC, Americans for an American America. Since his lady friend was unable to attend his fundraiser, Jack convinced Lemon to go with him as his chum. But let’s be honest, he didn’t have to do much convincing once she learned there would be shrimp there.

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'30 Rock': Stride of Pride

Liz Lemon has got her boyfriend, Criss, to thank for her recent sexual awakening. It’s like we’re witnessing a whole new Lemon: one who likes talking about her bathing suit area and making dirty puns over Sex and the City brunches. I’d never thought I’d live to see the day!

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Ashton Kutcher is highest-paid TV actor, followed by Hugh Laurie and Ray Romano

Ashton Kutcher owes Charlie Sheen big time. Since replacing Sheen on Two and a Half Men, Kutcher has rocketed to the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of highest paid TV actors. The business magazine unveiled the list on Wednesday, following the July announcement of TV’s highest paid actresses.

Between May 2011 and May 2012, Ashton Kutcher earned $24 million, Forbes estimates. Last year, Sheen was in the top spot with $40 million, but this year he didn’t even make the list. Kutcher’s earnings are also boosted by his appearances in Nikon camera commercials and his continued investments in Silicon Valley. He got in early on Skype, Spotify and Airbnb.

Kutcher’s Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer also made Forbes’ top 10, moving down from spot No. 4 to No. 7 but earning $2 million more than he did from May 2010 to May 2011.

Others who made the list for a second consecutive year are Ray Romano, Mark Harmon, Patrick Dempsey and Hugh Laurie. Check out the full list below: READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Tracy's doppelganger joins the 2012 election

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Oh, I just love when art imitates life. Especially when 30 Rock is the one doing the imitating. In “Governor Dunston,” 30 Rock took on the current political landscape a mere hour before the live vice presidential debate. In the fictionalized version of America, Mitt Romney lost his running mate, Paul Ryan, and replaced him with Governor Bob Dunston—the spitting image of TGS star Tracy Jordan.

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'30 Rock': Jack and Liz 'tank' the season 7 premiere

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Well, it’s the beginning of the end. Will Liz Lemon end up having it all? Only time will tell in this truncated final season of 30 Rock. But let’s try not to shed any tears. We’ll just enjoy the time we have left with Lemon & Co.

In the season 7 premiere, we learned Liz and Criss are officially “trying.” Jack’s divorce to Avery is official, and thanks to his friends in high places, that wedding technically never even happened! Kenneth and Hazel are roommates, and possibly in a relationship depending on which one of them you ask. Liddy won a bronze medal in Horse-y Jump-y at the baby Olympics. Jenna was busy planning her surprise, secret wedding to Paul. And Jonathan learned that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side (ahem, Whitney) and returned as Jack’s assistant.

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Every awful 'TGS' sketch on '30 Rock,' all in one handy supercut -- VIDEO

“Gaybraham Lincoln.”  “Who Wants to Eat a Dictionary.” A Blaffair to Rememblack, technically a movie starring Tracy Jordan but so funny we’ll let it slide. These are the hacky, wacky sketches that have populated TGS with Tracy Jordan — also know as 30 Rock‘s show-within-a-show — for the past six seasons.

Part of 30 Rock‘s genius is how rarely it shows us the sketch series that’s ostensibly at its center. Very early on, creator Tina Fey realized that watching an actual five-minute “Fart Doctor” sketch would be torture. Hearing a character mention “Fart Doctor” before quickly moving on to something else is a much better strategy; this way, Fey and her writers don’t have to worry about trying to pen both side-splitting sketches and a side-splitting workplace comedy. (If only Aaron Sorkin had done the same thing.)

TGS itself isn’t nearly as funny as the antics of TGS‘s cast and creative team — in fact, judged solely by the following supercut, TGS might be one of the dumbest comedy shows ever created. But in small doses, there’s an idiotic brilliance to it. See for yourself with this video, courtesy of Jest — and don’t forget to tune in for the show’s last season premiere tonight on NBC.

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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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Watch new trailer for Jerry Seinfeld's web series 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Jerry Seinfeld’s new web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, delves into familiar territory for the comedian: Shows about nothing.

The actor’s new project features Alec Baldwin, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Michael Richards and other comedians chilling with Seinfeld, and, well, drinking coffee. Details are scarce about the show, which will premiere on Crackle and ComediansInCarsGettingCoffee.com on July 19. If, as it appears, it’s just a cast of funny people shooting the breeze while drinking a beverage, I could definitely get into that.

For now, check out the full-length trailer below, and see David give Seinfeld his kudos: “You have finally done the show about nothing.” READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin back on Twitter

Can you say #BadIdea?

After announcing he was quitting Twitter Monday morning (and less than a week after getting married), Alec Baldwin is back on the social networking site.

To be fair, the actor has changed his Twitter handle, and it now is @ABFalecbaldwin, for the Alec Baldwin Foundation, supporting the arts. His new Twitter bio says he’s “supporting the arts and artists, amateur and professional” and one of his first new tweets was a link to a New York Times story touting Baldwin’s one million dollar donation to the New York Philharmonic. 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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Read more:
Alec Baldwin says he’s staying on ’30 Rock’…and that the show is ending next season
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