The 30 Rock star was honoured at the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards in Park City, Utah and reportedly fell unconscious outside the venue after giving his acceptance speech, according to TMZ.com.
An ambulance took the star to a nearby hospital for treatment and he was joined by his fiancee Megan Wollover.
The comedian's representative Lewis Kay has put the incident down to exhaustion and altitude sickness and dismissed reports which suggested the star had been drinking.
Kay says, "From a combination of exhaustion and altitude, Tracy is seeking medical attention... He is with his fiance and grateful to the Park City Medical Center for their care. Any reports of Tracy consuming alcohol are 100 per cent false."
S5E17: Well, they’ve done it. Here we have an episode of 30 Rock that actually makes me want to groan. Let me couple that with the fact that I’ve removed the Live Show disaster from my memory, so I’m not counting it in this assessment. Granted, it was not a horrible episode of the show. The jokes were on-point, the gags were set up well and nothing was really out of place; the real problem I had with this episode was the gimmick that overtook the whole episode. “It’s a 30 Rock reality show!” Oh yay. Considering the annoying format they decided to throw the show into, they handled it fairly well, but it just wasn’t that enjoyable. This show is best when it’s doing its own style and using that to comment on whatever Tina Fey and the writers have beef with this week. Taking on the Real Housewives-style format really has less strength as a parody than those last 60 seconds of “Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning” back in January.
“My single, 'My Single is Dropping' is dropping." –Angie
The entire episode played out like an episode of Angie’s Bravo reality show, Queen of Jordan, complete with the opening sequence, shots of big, fancy houses, cuts of Angie and friends in ridiculous poses on colorful backgrounds, and of course, nonsensical catch phrases. First off, Angie is blowing up now that Tracy is out of the picture for a bit and we’re just as anxious to get him back to TGS as Liz “Another Person” Lemon is. Jack enlists Lemon to help Angie get set up to perform her new 15-second single, “My Single is Dropping” (which is probably better than “Tardy to the Party” or “Money Can’t Buy You Class” simply because it’s shorter and we never have to hear it), because he’s hoping Liz can convince Angie that she misses Tracy and get him back to the show.
This portion of the episode was a little tired, mostly because we already had this dynamic play out when Angie became Liz’s intern and the idea for this awful show was born. I did enjoy the fake email Liz drafted for Angie (“all the sex things you like”), but for the most part, it really just served as a vehicle and excuse for more Lemony digs at NBC and Bravo – “Legal says we can’t use the word ‘best’” to describe the TGS “Best of” show. We eventually find that Angie does want Tracy back but that he won’t listen – but not before we see Liz dress her up in an Amy Grant outfit. She would.
And as much as Angie’s little minions needed to be a part of the show, they were annoying without adding much humor. They were really just cartoon versions of all the people I can’t stand on every reality show and frankly I don’t want to see any versions of those people on a show I actually like, ever.
“I only pass gas once a year atop a mountain in Switzerland.” -Jack
The one great thing about this reality show format was how quickly it unraveled Jack’s reputation and how upset he got about it. He’s the one person who should be above all of this, but by the end of the episode he’s made a complete fool out of himself – falling on camera, making Grizz and Dotcom think he’s in the closet, and of course the fart noise on the chair. It’s always hilarious to see Jack get swept up in situations he should by all rights be immune to and of course, it’s a dig at the reality format because it make anyone look like a douchebag.
“Drunk Actress Brainstorm.” –Jenna
Jenna’s character is one that’s perfect for this episode’s gimmick. Not only does she use the cam-er-ahs as an opportunity to promote her new Goop-ish website, Jennas-Side.net (kudos on that one, writers), but she’s constantly carrying around a glass of wine in hopes of throwing it at someone (at least without them dodging it like Liz did). This whole plot was the perfect home for Jenna’s crazy and for once, she didn’t bother me; it was actually hilarious.
When she coerces Pete into throwing her an intervention, it was getting a little annoying but Pete, wonderful Pete, comes up with the perfect ending: sending her to a rehab in Minnesota. Genius. Of course she doesn’t go because she knocks her escort out with a wrench, but it was about time they put all that Jenna crazy to really good use instead of giving her a two-bit unfunny side story.
“Skeletor's not my favorite. You are.” –Frank
I miss seeing Frank on this show, I really do; and while this storyline made me uncomfortable, I was definitely giggling under my furrowed brow. Guest star Susan Sarandon plays the Mary Kay Letourneau to Frank’s Vili Fualaau. If that was lost on you, basically he had an affair with his 8th grade teacher, who went to prison and came out as Susan Sarandon with Frank-style glasses. This was really the perfect back story for Frank; it explains why he’s a man-child, we get to see his comic book and action figure collection, and it all ends in pure Frank Rossitano-brand awkwardness when he fries his Skeletor action figure at the fast food joint where his former teacher/ex-con/lover now works in order to prove his love to her. This is the 30 Rock we love, that awkward, taboo show that makes us laugh at things we shouldn’t – like when Pete says it’s creepy when male teachers hit on girls but what happened to Frank was “AWESOME.” It's hilarious, but those of us who laughed may be going to hell for it.
All in all, like I said up top, this episode wasn’t terrible. It still relied on the writing that makes the show great. The problem is that the package they delivered the story in was just too obnoxious to full enjoy the quality of the jokes themselves. While I liked the titles they gave each character at the bottom of the screen ("Tracy's Gay Boss"), I really would have preferred if the actual reality show element stayed in the hilarious tag (keep an eye out for Dotcom’s little tiff was a dog – golden) and was left out of the rest of the episode.
The Coen brothers could be adding a third Writers Guild of America Award to their impressive trophy case next month if they can nab best original screenplay for their quirky comedy Burn After Reading. The WGA, who announced their nominees today, presented Joel and Ethan Coen with best adapted screenplay last year for No Country for Old Men and best original screenplay in 1997 for Fargo.
Rounding out the contenders this year are Dustin Lance Black for Milk, Woody Allen for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Tom McCarthy for The Visitor and Robert Siegel for The Wrestler.
The WGA’s best adapted screenplay noms include Eric Roth for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with story by Roth and Robin Swicord; Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight with story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer; John Patrick Shanley for Doubt, based on the stage play; Peter Morgan for Frost/Nixon, based on his stage play; and Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire.
WGA members will meet simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles for the award ceremony on Feb. 7.
Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features
Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company
The Visitor, Written by Tom McCarthy, Overture Films
The Wrestler, Written by Robert Siegel, Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Screenplay by Eric Roth; Screen Story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord; Based on the Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures
The Dark Knight, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan; Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer; Based on Characters Appearing in Comic Books Published by DC Comics; Batman Created by Bob Kane, Warner Bros. Pictures
Doubt, Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, Based on his Stage Play, Miramax Films
Frost/Nixon, Screenplay by Peter Morgan, Based on his Stage Play, Universal Pictures
Slumdog Millionaire, Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, Written by Stefan Forbes and Noland Walker, InterPositive Media
Chicago 10, Written by Brett Morgen, Roadside Attractions
Fuel, Written by Johnny O'Hara, Greenlight Theatrical / Intention Media
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Screenplay by Alex Gibney, From the Words of Hunter S. Thompson, Magnolia Pictures
Waltz with Bashir, Written by Ari Folman, Sony Pictures Classics
Dramatic Series Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee, Adam E. Fierro, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann; Showtime
Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman; NBC
Lost, Written by Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L. Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan; ABC
Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, Kater Gordon, David Isaacs, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Marti Noxon, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC
The Wire, Written by Ed Burns, Chris Collins, David Mills, David Simon, William F. Zorzi, Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos; HBO
30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC
Entourage, Written by Doug Ellin, Jeremy Miller, Ally Musika, Steve Pink, Rob Weiss; HBO
The Office, Written by Steve Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Farrell, Brent Forrester, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan; NBC
The Simpsons, Written by J. Stewart Burns, Daniel Chun, Joel H. Cohen, Kevin Curran, John Frink, Tom Gammill, Valentina Garza, Stephanie Gillis, Dan Greaney, Reid Harrison, Ron Hauge, Al Jean, Brian Kelly, Billy Kimball, Rob LaZebnik, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, David Mirkin, Bill Odenkirk, Carolyn Omine, Don Payne, Michael Price, Max Pross, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, Matt Warburton, Jeff Westbrook, Marc Wilmore, William Wright; Fox
Weeds, Written by Roberto Benabib, Mark A. Burley, Ron Fitzgerald, David Holstein, Rolin Jones, Brendan Kelly, Jenji Kohan, Victoria Morrow, Matthew Salsberg; Showtime
Breaking Bad, Written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Patty Lin, George Mastras, J Roberts; AMC
Fringe, Written by JJ Abrams, Jason Cahill, Julia Cho, David H. Goodman, Felicia Henderson, Brad Caleb Kane, Alex Kurtzman, Darin Morgan, J.R. Orci, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Zack Whedon; Fox
In Treatment, Written by Rodrigo Garcia, Bryan Goluboff, Davey Holmes, William Meritt Johnson, Amy Lippman, Sarah Treem; HBO
Life on Mars, Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Becky Hartman Edwards, David Wilcox, Adele Lim, Bryan Oh, Tracy McMillan, Sonny Postiglione, Phil M. Rosenberg, Meredith Averill; ABC
True Blood, Written by Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo, Nancy Oliver, Chris Offutt; HBO
Episodic Drama - any length - one airing time
“Don’t Ever Change” (House), Written by Doris Egan & Leonard Dick; Fox
“Double Booked” (Burn Notice), Written by Craig O’Neill & Jason Tracey; USA
“Gray Matter” (Breaking Bad), Written by Patty Lin; AMC
“Pilot” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC
“Pilot” (Eli Stone), Written by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim; ABC
“There’s Something About Harry” (Dexter), Written by Scott Reynolds; Showtime
Episodic Comedy - any length - one airing time
“Believe in the Stars” (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC
“Cooter” (30 Rock), Written by Tina Fey; NBC
“Crime Aid” (The Office), Written by Charlie Grandy; NBC
“Crush’d” (Ugly Betty), Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally; ABC
“Succession” (30 Rock), Written by Andrew Guest & John Riggi; NBC
“Vote for This and I Promise to Do Something Crazy at the Emmys” (My Name is Earl), Written by Greg Garcia; NBC
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