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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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.
Are there seriously still people who don’t think women are funny? Apparently, according to Deadline Hollywood — where editor Nikki Finke went on a short rant after Julie Bowen won her second Emmy last Sunday. But Finke didn’t dismiss her entire gender’s comedy chops; instead, her harsh words were reserved specifically for “beautiful women”:
“Only women who grew up ugly and stayed ugly, or through plastic surgery became beautiful, can pull off sitcoms or standups. Bowen isn’t a comedienne just like Brooke Shields wasn’t and a zillion more. Because it’s all about emotional pain and humiliation and rising above both by making people laugh with you instead of at you. So stop casting beautiful actresses when you should be giving ugly women a chance.”
Finke tacked on a sentence about how her theory “applies to handsome men as well.” Still, it’s her remarks about ladies that have struck a chord — especially with Elizabeth Banks, a great comedic actress who also happens to be beautiful. READ FULL STORY
I know, I know, it’s almost an impossible question to answer. But we’re going to pose it anyway, in honor of EW’s latest cover girl. For simplicity’s sake, let’s limit the debate to skits and moments in which Tina Fey — who served as head writer on Saturday Night Live from 1999 to 2006 — starred.
One easy pick is “Mom Jeans,” a fake commercial lampooning that most beguiling element of female fashion. Aired in 2003, the skit brings in key ladies from Fey’s SNL cohort — Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch — who proudly demonstrate the brand’s empowering message: “I’m not a woman anymore — I’m a mom.”
“I saw ‘Mom Jeans’ recently — I passed it on VH1,” Fey tells EW before joking: ” The padding that I wore in ‘Mom Jeans’ has now come to life.” Take a look at the skit below: READ FULL STORY
After seven seasons, 10 Emmys, and countless catchphrases — Blerg! I want to go to there! High-fiving a million angels! — 30 Rock will wrap up its illustrious and delightfully bizarre run early next year. To help us cope with the loss, we sat down with Rock‘s creator and star, Tina Fey, for a wide-ranging EW Interview. (Click here to buy the issue.) We arrived on set just in time to witness a scene from the third episode of the final season (which premieres October 4 at 8 p.m. on NBC), in which Fey’s Liz Lemon is appalled to learn a shocking secret about Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan). Explains Fey, “I discover that Tracy Jordan has tweeted, “I agree @theRealStephenHawking. Women are just not funny — never have been, never will be. #plotpoint.” (We won’t ruin the outcome for you, but suffice it to say that the resolution involves Lemon dressed in a lab coat and declaring, “Don’t thank me — thank Roe v. Wade!”) READ FULL STORY
Did 30 Rock executive producer Jeff Burditt just give us our first glance at Planty in the flesh? We won’t know for sure until after 30 Rock‘s seventh season premieres in October — but this picture Burditt tweeted today seems to indicate that Liz Lemon and Criss Chros have procreated.
But knowing 30 Rock, there could be all sorts of other explanations for why Liz Lemon is holding a baby. Such as:
1. It’s a callback to Season 1′s ninth episode, “The Baby Show,” in which Liz accidentally steals a coworker’s bundle of joy.
2. Liz rescued the kid from Jenna, who was jealous of its soft skin.
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:
Forbes’ recently released list of top-paid movie actresses reflected Kristen Stewart’s secure foothold in modern pop culture. Now the business magazine has unveiled the list of TV actresses who earned the most between May 2011 and May 2012, and seems if you follow the money in TV land, it leads straight to funny gals and reality stars, with some housewives peppered in here and there.
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara tops the list with $19 million. Anyone who’s seen the Colombia native’s ubiquitous Kmart or Cover Girl ads knows that she’s also doing pretty well for herself with all those endorsement deals.
All four stars of Desperate Housewives, which concluded its series on ABC this May, made the list: Eva Longoria, followed by Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, and Marcia Cross.
Reality TV has become even more of a major money-maker over the past year. With a wedding special watched by over 10 million people and continuing ratings success for Keeping Up with the Kardashians following the end of her 72-day-long marriage, reality star Kim Kardashian settled in at No. 2 on the list. Not far behind is her sister, Khloe. Last year they didn’t even make the top 10. Also new to the list this year is Bravo favorite and Skinny Girl entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel.
There are some familiar faces among this group, like Marg Helgenberger, whose 12-year-long run on CSI has kept her on the list for many years. Then there are rising stars like Zooey Deschanel, who has become a new comedy force to be reckoned with on Fox’s New Girl.
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