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Articles - 30 Rock

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30 Rock, Pilot
NBC Situation Comedy
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski
Wednesdays 8:00 (when review published)

Tina Fey, of Saturday Night Live (?) fame created and stars in 30 Rock. Fey plays Liz Lemon, head writer for a show called Friday Night Bits -get the connection? Her new boss is Alec Baldwin who made it at GE owned NBC by inventing something called the triconvection oven and she is forced to hire Tracey Morgan / Tracey Jordan, a mix between Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, as a way of demographically retooling the show. There are, as in most pilots, a whole bunch characters played by actors who hope they will be noticed enough to be kept on the show (good luck on that!)

If the pilot is any indication, the title 30 Rock refers to how quickly the show will sink. The opening scene of this NBC sitcom is very good but it is downhill from there. The obvious plug for the GE Triconvention  is as irritating as character played by Tracey Morgan. Jane Krakowski tries to survive the experience as Jeanne DeCarlo, the star of the show, and is unfortunately given a bunch of hemorrhoid jokes to do.

It is obvious from the second bananas in this bad situation comedy that creator Tina Fey was very inspired by her experience at Saturday Night Live. A lot of the characters are pale pastiches of famous SNL alumni and characters. It is also no coincidence that 30 Rock is executive produced by Lorne Michaels, the man who simply does not understand Saturday Night Live is deader than Marley.

If you are still one of very few people who believe SNL matters or is funny, you will be one of very few people to watch 30 Rock.

Richard Lanoie

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