After attempting to promote Elizabeth Olsen’s performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene on Twitter but missing the mark a bit after misspelling her name, Alec Baldwin got the urge to go down to Zuccotti Park and interact with some of the people at Occupy Wall Street. He tweeted at around midnight EST that he was headed downtown, and then tweeted two hours later to thank an Andrew from Brooklyn and a Sean from Winnipeg for helping him get acclimated to the environment down there.
But even after he left the event, Baldwin’s night wasn’t over. The gathering must have left him feeling rather charged because he spent another hour on Twitter expressing his views and interacting with his followers regarding the protests. He first wrote, “OWS needs to coalesce around some legislative policy. The “occupy” strategy may be an effective one. But what can each entity agree on?” Then he added, “Campaign finance reform remains the linchpin of our democracy’s many problems.” And when one of his followers insinuated he would have stayed longer if he wasn't a famous actor, Baldwin responded with, “Your ill-considered class baiting is a very real part of the problem.” Then we learned he donated the money he earned from being in that Capital One commercial to arts charities, and he finally closed the night with stressing the importance of “a healthy banking system” and “strong capital markets.” Man, let the countdown to Jack Donaghy teaming up with Beeper King Dennis Duffy officially begin.
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When Jack Donaghy kicked in the door of his new office in the very first episode of 30 Rock, proudly proclaiming that his predecessor was dead and that he was now in charge of NBC and, by extension, Liz Lemon's life, we knew that the show had just begun. For five years, the hypercapitalist superhuman that is Jack Donaghy has been one of the best parts of the often spectacular sitcom 30 Rock, courtesy of the excellence that is Alec Baldwin. Since we met him, we've seen Jack warm up to Liz (Tina Fey), open his heart to love enough to take a wife (Elizabeth Banks) and father an infant child (unknown baby actress). But as we've heard time and again, Jack's time on 30 Rock coming to an end.
Badlwin spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the imminent change, admitting that he's considering leaving 30 Rock after this season. Said Baldwin, "I wouldn’t want to prevent them from having another year, because they’re all my friends and they’ve been good to me. Maybe I would do a piece of the year. But I really do want to move on to other things."
Baldwin's interests for the future are diverse. He wishes to pursue a larger sum of movies; he's starting a public radio interview show beginning Oct. 24; and, most interestingly, he's considering running for political office. But before he makes the shift to politics, he needs to put the comedic side of his life behind him. Baldwin stated, "The jokes have to stop, everything has to be on the record,” explaining that there's a "difference between going to Jon Stewart and Jim Lehrer."
Despite his interest in moving on from the series that revived his fame, Baldwin did express a great deal of gratitude for the show and for his lifestyle in general. Personally, I wouldn't want to see a 30 Rock without Jack Donaghy. Perhaps this is a hint that Liz Lemon needs to either finally "have it all," or become content with only "having it somewhat."
30 Rock has some of the best recurring characters in television. Dean Winters is a champ as Liz Lemon’s (Tina Fey) on-again-off-again horrible boyfriend, Dennis Duffy. Chris Parnell is comedic dynamite as worst-doctor-ever, Leo Spaceman. But topping them all is Will Arnett as Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) consistent business rival, Devon Banks—the ruthless, double-crossing NBC executive who puts as much effort into stabbing his competitors in the back as he once did into hiding his sexuality.
Thankfully, we will be seeing Banks again soon, as Arnett will make another guest appearance on Season 6 of 30 Rock.
The last we saw of Banks, he was newly married and the father of triplets. After being approached by Jack with a chance to help the newly renovated NBC become more “gay-friendly,” Banks manipulates this opportunity to make a power play for Jack’s job. However, he realizes that he cannot bear to let the demanding position take him away from his children.
Now that Banks is a family man without professional aspirations, what role will he play in his upcoming episode? Perhaps he’ll try to rival Jack, also a new parent, in a competition of fatherly superiority. Maybe he’ll find a way to involve his children in running a company. Or he might just be back to stalk Kenneth again. No matter what, it’ll be a win.
Arnett stars (also in the position of stay-at-home dad) on NBC’s Up All Night, which airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Season 6 of 30 Rock will premiere as a mid-season replacement in January on NBC.
Today is just filled with news about the possibility of hyperextending television series. I just finished reporting on one of my favorite shows that is in danger of going on past its due, and now I'm forced to bring up another: 30 Rock.
Lorne Michaels recently said that, although he "can't imagine the show going on without Alec Baldwin" he doesn't intend to end it anytime soon. Baldwin stated that he intends to leave the show after the upcoming sixth season, which many fans (and Baldwin himself) assumed would bring an end to the series entirely. Michaels feels no such way, however, and intends to continue 30 Rock for seasons to come.
30 Rock was, for its first three seasons, remarkably funny, interesting and well-written. Although I'd never jump off the bandwagon entirely, I will say that Seasons 4 and 5 did not live up to the quality in which the show once reveled. However, they were still acceptable, due in large to Jack Donaghy's (Baldwin) mammoth prominence, as well as his relationship with Tina Fey's Liz Lemon (which is the show's lifeblood). To continue the show without Jack would be to turn the show into something it is not. Since the first episode, the show was about Liz and Jack: we watched an antagonistic rivalry grow organically into a heartfelt, codependent friendship. So, without one component of this primary drive of the series, we've just got a lot of this. And don't get me wrong: that's hilarious. But is it enough to stay invested? Yeah, more or less. I know I'll keep watching. But that's not the point! Oh, what's the use. Do what you will, NBC. I'm forever a slave to your flash cuts and rapid-fire celebrity jabs.
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The weekend’s here, which means only two more days of the Con left to go!
Saturday, July 23 - Comic-Con Day 3: The Search for Spock
Saturday T.V. begins with some spy geekery…
NBC’s Chuck has enjoyed a constant stay of execution and its due to a devoted cult following that is sure to be coming to the "Chuck Screening and Q&A” at Ballroom 20 at 10AM. Co–creator, Chris Fedak, along with stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Josh Gomez, Adam Baldwin, and more will be on hand in celebration of the show’s fandom and final season.
This is not a Land of the Lost remake…
After a brief delay to make sure the effects looked right, Fox and Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova, is here and being previewed at Comic-Con! Brought to you by the creator of the hugely underrated The 4400, executive producer Rene Echevarria, comes exclusive footage of the series that is sure to captivate sci–fans and dinosaur lovers everywhere.
V for Twixt? Oliver Twixt? Mr. Coppola comes to Comic-Con…
Many moviegoers, comic book fans and non, consider The Godfather, and The Godfather II, amongst some of the greatest movies ever made. While director Francis Ford Coppola has been off shooting small indies for the last few years, but now he’s teaming up with Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning for Twixt, a film written and directed by the beloved auteur. It’s not based on a comic book, but Coppola’s new film will be in Hall H at 11:45AM to hopefully generate a ton of heat for its late 2011 release.
Cyclopes, Drunk Robots, and the Planet Express
For having faith in a show thought long cancelled. Futurama has been back for a year now, and the cult fave will be at Ballroom 20 at 12:15 to preview footage from the Futurama Japanese Anime and a preview of the this summer’s season. Along for the panel are Matt Groening and David X. Cohen (Futurama’s creators), as well as stars Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela), and John DiMaggion (Bender).
Yellow Fever at ComiCon…
Holy crow, The Simpsons has been officially been on television for a generation. Can anyone remember a world without them? Heck, the pure notion of such a thing is profoundly odd. What on Earth did people watch on Sundays pre–1989? Fans can go to Ballroom 20 at 1PM to help Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Anderson, and Tom Gammill for a celebratory panel and Q&A session, as the show gets ready for its 23rd season and 500th episode.
Batman and his bad girls…
What fun-filled day at Comic-Con would be complete without a Batman-centric panel? At 1PM in room 26AB will be a philosophical and psychological discussion “Psychology of the Dark Knight: How Trauma Formed the Batman and Why He’s Got a Thing for Bad Girls,” which features psychologist Travis Langley (Henderson State), Robin Rosenberg (Psychology of Superheroes), Michael Uslan, and Catwoman herself, Lee Meriwether, all dissecting the realism of Batman’s never-ending war on crime; as well as his attraction to women like Selina Kyle and Pamela Isley.
JMS, the hardest working writer in Comicdom…
He’s the creator of Babylon 5, and the comic book saga, Rising Stars. He’s written for Superman, Spider-Man,and Silver Surfer, as well as contributed to the scripts for Thor, and the upcoming World War Z. There might not be anything on this planet that J. Michael Straczynski can’t put a new and exciting spin on, and he’s bringing that unique vision to Room 7AB at 2PM to discuss what its liking writing for so many genres and mediums, and put the “Spotlight” on himself and his future.
Mayor Adam West...
“Family Guy” voice actors, Alex Borstein (Lois), and Seth Green (Chris) and the esteemed Adam West will be giving Ballroom 20 a sneak peek at season 10 and the upcoming episode, “Stewie Goes for a Drive," at 2PM. Sorry, no Seth MacFarlane announced as of this writing, but MacFarlane’s sister Rachel, along with Scott Grimes, and Wendy Schaal will be in the room at 2:35 to present a preview the new season of their show, American Dad.
The studios were bound to mine old folk tales for new films sooner or later…
As evidenced by the recent Little Red Riding Hood, Hollywood is now tapping into many of our childhood favorites and twisting them into dark fairy tales to make a new genre (which for the record, Todd MacFarlane already started with his “Twisted World of Oz” toys, but I digress). Hall H at 3:30 is where Universal Studios will be showing off some scenes of their upcoming twisted tale, Snow White and the Huntsmen, starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth, who will all be on hand to discuss the flick. Here’s hoping they cast Kenny Baker as Doc.
Speaking of Folk Tales, NBC is joining that bandwagon as well…
Fans might need to check their drawers for this one, because the geektastic tri–fecta of creative minds from Buffy, Angel, and The X–Files are reimagining the world of Grimms’ fairy tales in NBC’s newest series, Grimm. The twist on the folk tales is an exciting one, as a homicide detective learns that he is a descendent of a group of hunters called Grimms, who are tasked with protecting the world from the supernatural creatures that lived in the fairy tales. If that sounds interesting , then get to Room 6A at 4:15PM for the “Grimm Pilot Screening and Q&A,” with the producers and cast.
Comicdom’s most prolific artist since Jack Kirby…
Creating WildC.A.T.S. as well as helping to re–envision the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, among many other accomplishments in comic books is something to be amazed by, and make no mistake–Jim Lee’s artwork is nothing short of amazing. In 6DE at 4:30 “DC Focus: Jim Lee,” brings the most in demand artist in the industry, now a co–publisher of DC Entertainment, to showcase his new looks for some of the World’s Greatest Superheroes. Then, join Lee Sunday at 3 in 28DE to see how the master himself works in “Drawing with Jim Lee.”
So wait, Peter now never existed?!...
Fans of Fringe are still reeling and scratching their noggins from the wildest twist in the series’ history, and that’s a hard feat to pull off considering this show is about alternate Earths who are at war with one another because a scientist lost his son to an illness in 1985 and then kidnapped the alternate version of that son in what became a successful attempt to save him from the same fate but caused dangerous rips within the fabric of reality. Phew — lot going on, no? Trust me that sentence makes perfect sense to fans of the show, who will no doubt pack Ballroom 20 at 4:30PM to hang out with series stars, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, and Anna Torv to preview the third season DVD and the upcoming season. Hopefully we’ll get some clue as to what happened to Peter (played by Joshua Jackson), who is still on the show, despite seemingly no longer existing.
Yes, he IS supposed to be here today…
Almost twenty years ago, Kevin Smith became a household name in fanboy circles. The creator of the ViewAskewniverse, as well as writer of the excellent “Daredevil: Guardian Devil” and “Green Arrow: Quiver” comic books is coming to Comic-Con for his annual “Early Evening with Kevin Smith,” at 5:45 in Hall H, where the director will bring his usual anything goes Q&A to the Con. Nothing will be off–limits here, and trust me get to this one early if you want a seat.
Debunking all kinds of hokum since 2003…
Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, and the rest of their team have worlds of fun at their job – being Mythbusters! The group will be at Room 6BCF at 7:45 for their annual Saturday panel, discussing what myths are being trounced in the show’s tenth season.
Now’s your chance to catch some of the panels you missed…
I’m sure you spent a great deal of time agonizing over which panels to go see and which panels had to fall by the wayside of your schedule. Let’s face it; no one can see it all at Comic-Con. But that’s why at 8PM in Room 25ABC will be a three–hour marathon of all of the best panels from Hall H and Ballroom 20!
Sookies everywhere, along with Fetts, Elves, and Robots of all universes…
True Blood is definitely an obsession of many a TV junkie, and Comic-Con is giving the fans of the show a vampire-inspired Masquerade Ball. So get your Merlotte outfits, Fett suits, and white Rogue hair streaks on and head to Ballroom 20, 5AB, or 6A, for the whole fangbangin’ party, starting at 8:30 and judged by writer/artists, Phil and Kaja Foglio.
The veteran star has enjoyed a career revival in recent years thanks to the success of hit TV show 30 Rock, in which he plays slick TV executive Jack Donaghy.
But the star has admitted he sees his seemingly glamorous Hollywood life as just a normal job, and insists he's finds it "weird" and "difficult" to spend most of his time pretending to be someone else.
And in a series of tweets, he writes, "Acting is a job, in the end, like any job. It's an unusual one, but it's a job. Sometimes, a bit of art may fly in the window.
"Movie making is weird. Weird to spend hours essentially living other people's lives. 'Isn't that called acting?' How linear of you. Doesn't make it any less unusual or difficult at times.
"Some in my business would rather live on screen than in real life. The older I get, I want the opposite. Playing some parts can get under your skin. I become more like (30 Rock character) Jack every week, oddly enough."
Baldwin reportedly quit new movie Rock of Ages before pre-production got underway in Florida late last month (May11). He had to be persuaded to return to the project after urging producers to find a replacement.
Straight from the colorful set of Warner Bros. adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages comes this fruity set photo featuring Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand in full costume and character! I can't tell you who or what the polar-opposite performers are playing/doing in the image, but as they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words."
Adam Shankman is directing the big-screen rendition of the musical, which will star Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti, Diego Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman and more. It hits theaters on June 1, 2012.
Blame it on the baby. Due to Tina Fey's impending due date, 30 Rock won't premiere this fall with the other NBC Thursday night. Instead, the lineup will find Community and The Office in their normal slots with Parks and Recreation moved to 8:30 p.m. and the new comedy Whitney in the 9:30 p.m. slot. Prime Suspect will take the 10 p.m. former comedy slot.
Yes, 30 Rock fans, this will be difficult, but it's alright. Besides with the lackluster episodes at the end of this season, I for one am not all that ramped for more. Perhaps a break is just what the show needs to rejuvenate its episodes.
NBC is also changing things up for Chuck and sending it to the "death" slot at 8 p.m. on Friday night. It makes sense that they'd want to banish the show to the Friday night spot, it's typically reserved for shows that are on their way out or for shows that have small, but strong followings, like Chuck.
This may seem like bad news for 30 Rock and Chuck fans, but hey, at least they both avoided the axe.
Source: TV Line
S5E20: 30 Rock finally made it to its 100th episode. The diehard fans always knew they could do it and we’re happy to see that day finally come, it’s just too bad they decided to give themselves an hour and very unlucky that it aired after Community riffed on clip shows during its 8 p.m. timeslot. Maybe it was just that I’d more than had my fill of nostalgia by the time we hit the half hour mark on 30 Rock’s super-sized episode, but it simply felt way too long. By the end of the episode, I was pretty sure my house was the place with the never-ending gas leak.
This isn’t to say that there weren’t hilarious moments, because the episode was full of them. As a whole, it was just a little haphazard. It seems that they weren’t quite sure if they wanted to do a clip show or just a whole new episode so they just did both. Frankly, it was all just a little too much.
“I’m getting too old for this ssshhhh….sound that comes from this gas pipe!” –Michael Keaton as a Janitor
Just as 30 Rock has reached its 100th episode, so has TGS. Unfortunately, Hank Hooper’s got some bad news for Liz: the show is canceled without Tracy. Of course they vow to get Tracy back for the 100th episode so they can save the show from cancellation, but there are two small problems: Tracy isn’t back because people respect him too much and there’s a giant gas leak in the building that manages to recur throughout the entire episode.
“It's called power clashing.” -Alternate Jack
First, we’ll deal with Jack. With all this news from Hank, he’s starting to worry about his own career and how it’s not what he hoped it would be. Add a gas leak and we get past, alternate and future Jack all duking it out to help him make a decision. Alternate reality Jack is a lonely, mega billionaire, past Jack is a young republican with an attitude and a walkman, and future Jack looks like he’s trying to steal Jeff Bridges’ look from Tron: Legacy. While I’m pretty sure they broke every rule of time travel and versions of past selves, it’s okay because it was all just Jack’s imagination anyway.
This bit was pretty funny, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t need to go on as long as it did. They resurrected Jack’s original dilemma from the pilot: should he keep or fire Lemon? And he of course comes to the same conclusion as before: she’s sticking around.
“Eff you L.L. spells ‘full’ because you’re full of BS, Liz Lemon.” –Tracy
Tracy is TGS’ patron saint, but until he can ruin his reputation as an A-list Oscar-winner, he feels that he can’t return to the show. This means he goes on a tour of all the morning talk shows to try to make an ass of himself (which was one of the best parts of the show) and of course everyone thinks it’s just him being a genius. Is this a dig at James Franco? It kind of seems that way.
He even goes to Brooklyn to recreate his “I AM A JEDI” moment from the first episode (woo!) except that he’s foiled by hipsters who find some ridiculous meaning in it right before he has to save a drowning man and become a hero. No matter what he does, he can’t regain his disrespect and as Liz is desperately trying to get him back, Jenna tells him he has to shoot someone. Great. Of course, with all the gas swirling around, he and Kenneth decide this is a good idea and go up to the roof. Jack and Liz stop them just in time and Jack gives a speech about the perfect way to lose respect: be an acclaimed actor and join a show on network television. This was pretty funny because, hello, that’s what Alec Baldwin did.
“It’s not rape if neither party really wants it!” –Jenna
While all that’s going on, Jenna is working on her backup plan in case TGS gets canceled: she’s going to be a mother. This comes from a promise she made to Kenneth that she didn’t remember about the two of them having a baby if the show ever made it to 100 episodes. Kenneth remembers and starts this whole mess, which leads Jenna to ask everyone she can think of if she’d be a good mother. They of course all say no, so she tries to seduce Kenneth, which was gross and not as funny as it should have been.
Of course because Jane Krakowski was actually pregnant when they filmed the episode, Jenna ends up having a “hysterical pregnancy” in the midst of the gas, which explains her sudden baby bump. There were funny moments here and there, but this plot was all just a little too convenient without much of a payoff.
“I miss you, dummy.” –Liz high on fumes
With all this gassy mess, Liz calls up Dennis because she misses her life from five years ago. Yeah a potential cancellation and a gas leak will do that to you. Of course Dennis comes running, and this time he has a CELL PHONE. Except it looks like it came from 1989, but hey, give him a break. At least it’s not a beeper. Eventually, Dennis figures out that the only reason Liz misses him is because she’s high so he ruptures the gasline once again. (He’s unaffected because of some childhood incident that left him immune, which was pretty funny.)
It comes down to the wire when he gets Liz to sign a lease with his name on it because it will be much harder to get rid of him that way. Dennis is hilarious, but he’s one-episode-hilarious, not back on the show hilarious. This is where Jack’s dilemma comes back in, he rushes downstairs because his future self also knows what’s happening in real life and tells him to save Liz. It’s weird, but we’ll forgive it. He stops her from signing the lease, they find Tracy, and the show begins.
There’s just one small problem: during the gas leak, the writers didn’t actually accomplish anything. Finally, the gas leak joke paid off when Liz broke the line once again and it didn’t matter whether the show was good or not, because Hooper was high and he loved it.
Lastly, we got that Tom Hanks cameo we were promised. We’ve heard about the secret actor’s league before in other comedy routines, but this worked. Plus it was great seeing him rail against network television while humming the theme to Bosom Buddies. Yeah, we remember that.
It wasn’t the best episode, but we’ll give 30 Rock a pass. Expecting this to be perfect is like expecting to have a 21st birthday party without waking up and realizing you drunk dialed all your ex-boyfriends. It’s weird, a little uncomfortable at times, but it was fun and it’s great to laugh at now.
Rice will make a cameo as Baldwin's ex-girlfriend later this year (11), reports Politico.com.
The guest appearance will fit into the script perfectly - during the show's first season, Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy, boasted he had dated a "high-ranking African-American member of the (George W.) Bush Administration".