Oprah To Bring a Much-Needed Spotlight to 30 Rock

by Mindy Monez September 4, 2008 11:24 am
Oprah To Bring a Much-Needed Spotlight to <I>30 Rock</I> The all-powerful Oprah Winfrey is in talks to lend a stuntcasting hand to our beloved 30 Rock, the greatest show on television that hardly anybody is watching. She's thisclose to playing herself in an episode this fall, though it's not clear what her storyline will be. I for one hope she just shows up at TGS as a representative of The Black Crusaders, the group of highly powerful African-Americans who terrorized Tracey Jordon at the end of Season 1. Not so sure how down Oprah would be with that idea, but the mere fact that she's agreed to be on the show in the first place probably means she's aware of The Black Crusaders storyline and isn't too terribly offended by it. Or The Black Crusaders are real, and she's just come to disperse disinformation about them. I'm leaning towards the latter, because conspiracies are fun!

Jen Aniston’s 30 Rock Appearance Makes Me Feel Funny

by Lauren Gitlin September 3, 2008 11:27 am
Jen Aniston’s <i>30 Rock</i> Appearance Makes Me Feel Funny Wait wait wait wait wait. What is this? Jen Aniston on 30 Rock? Well okay. If anyone can make that work, it's Tina Fey. Look how not crappy David Schwimmer was when he guested as AWOL eco-superhero Greenzo! And if they can work that kind of magic on Ross, who is by far the most annoying/least successful/unfunniest Friends alum, then they have more than a fighting chance with Maniston, who was always the highpoint of that dumb-ass show anyhow. The only thing that has me the slightest bit concerned is that, according to published reports, Jen, Tina and Jane Krakowski are going to engage in some sort of Friends dream sequence wherein Aniston will reprise her role as Rachel, Fey will be Courtney Cox's Monica and Krakowski will step in for Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe. This is TV you guys! 30 Rock has never failed to churn out solid, knee-slapping parodies, but can't we get a little fantastical one of these days instead of trotting out the "clever" and "interesting" meta tropes that've become so ubiquitous of late? Ohhh look! It's Jerry Seinfeld playing Jerry Seinfeld! It's Tracy Morgan playing a sometimes drunk, hilariously inscrutable whackadoo who stars in a sketch comedy show! It's NBC playing a corporate monolith that's more interested in marketing microwave ovens than fostering artistic growth in its secondary incarnation as an entertainment company! We get it! It's cute! It's funny! But can you quit winking at us and give us some escapism instead of one big inside joke for once?

Today's TWoP News: Friday, November 30, 2012

by Samantha Rullo November 30, 2012 4:53 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, November 30, 2012

Well, this is just a bit of a slap in the face to anyone who wants to work in television.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

by Ethan Alter May 7, 2013 8:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The force will be with them. Always.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

by Rachel Stein February 19, 2013 5:01 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lots of big news came in during the long weekend, so let's skip the little guys and the impending Up All Night doom for now.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 1, 2013

by Rachel Stein February 1, 2013 4:24 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 1, 2013

It's Do No Harm, not Do Not Watch.

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, January 24, 2013

by Rachel Stein January 24, 2013 4:19 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, January 10, 2013

by Rachel Stein January 10, 2013 3:49 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, January 10, 2013

It's (not gonna be) Britney (anymore), bitch.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, January 4, 2013

by Rachel Stein January 4, 2013 3:02 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, January 4, 2013

We're finally going to meet a certain mother on CBS!

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

by Rachel Stein December 11, 2012 4:26 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dallas has set the date for saying goodbye.

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