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'30 Rock' Recap: 'Retreat To Move Forward'

January 23rd, 2009 10:00am EST
30 Rock
Jack pokes his head into Liz' office with nearly identical headshots (ala Ten Things I Hate About You), asking her which one she prefers. She picks the one where he's in a blue tie (typical liberal!) which he calls "wacky,"

Then she gets talked into going with him to a Six Signa corporate retreat at which he's giving the keynote speech because he's nervous since he hasn't seen any of those guys since his time in the Bush administration. Though he still won't quite say "what went on there," we are privy to a quick flashback of him about to kiss another man. Is this just a little tast...
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'30 Rock' Recap: Who Knew Being Sick Could Be So Funny

January 16th, 2009 11:41am EST
30 Rock
So Liz strides onto the floor that houses 30 Rock, looking unsettling fashionable for her with a white purse, long black coat, and big movie star sunglasses, excited about some upcoming holiday week (WHAT? That BEST be just for Liz Lemon and not Tina Fey, as we just endured a very extensive break from the show, thank you very much!). Of course within seconds into the episode, she manages to put her foot in her mouth, asking crew guys their plans for the time off, only to learn they don't actually get the time off because they have to break down sets and build new ones-- something she should...
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'30 Rock' Recap: The Most Schizophrenic Episode Ever…

January 9th, 2009 10:22am EST
30 Rock
Liz is still baby crazy as the seventh episode of 30 Rock's third season finally returns after an extended holiday hiatus, and suddenly there are babies everywhere- from the Rockefeller Plaza lobby to the sidewalk outside.

She taps the head of what she assumes to be a little boy, only to have Peter Dinklage turn around and hit on her because he likes "aggressive, slightly nerdy" women. Probably because she is afraid of seeming like… height-ist, just the way Wayne Brady thought she was racist when she wanted to break up with him in season one, she agrees to go for a drink with the rand...
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'30 Rock' Recap: Merry Almost Christmas!…

December 12th, 2008 10:35am EST
30 Rock
... is how Tina Fey's Liz Lemon starts this sixth episode of 30 Rock's third season, aptly titled: "Christmas Special." She strides into the writers' room with the announcement that they all "get to" participate in a charity program called "Letters to Santa." Collective booing ensues.

Jenna is eager to help, but only because she's drunk on some cheap brandy she hopes is not simply seasonal, and Kenneth, of course, takes one, too, though even Toofer can't hold back his wondering of who could be more unfortunate than Kenneth? Jack, meanwhile, has slipped down to Florida to give hi...
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'30 Rock' Recap: Liz Lemon - The O.G. Mean Girl

December 5th, 2008 10:39am EST
30 Rock
The return of 30 Rock after the Thanksgiving holiday brings not only the return of Don Geiss (Rip Torn), who magically awakens from his coma by the grace of "a beam of energy"-- or an alien-- he's not too sure-- only to decide to stay on as CEO of GE, but also the return of the show in its finest, with an engaging story at the center that just happens to be told by some famous men and women. Tracy is upset that Kenneth got a bigger laugh than him with an elevator crowd; and Liz decides to head to back to her high school reunion... where she learns before Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, Li...
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'30 Rock' Recap: "Gavin Volure"

November 21st, 2008 10:07am EST
30 Rock
On this week's 30 Rock Liz met the man of her dreams, only to learn that he is actually an entirely different kind of crazy than he let on.

Tracy was convinced his two sons were going to "Menendez" him; Kenneth let Jack invest his hard-earned savings; and Jenna was nowhere to be seen. "Gavin Volure" is perhaps the first episode of this third season (though numerically it is already the fourth) where the famous guest star played perfectly into the kooky story instead of the story taking a backseat to the kooky guest star.

The episode opens with Jack taking Liz to some big, fanc...
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'30 Rock' Recap: 'The One With The Cast Of Night Court'

November 14th, 2008 10:02am EST
30 Rock
Stealing a plot that must feel awfully familiar to guest star Jennifer Aniston, 30 Rock takes a turn for the dangerously psychotic (instead of the usual simple, funny psychotic antics of Tracy and Jenna) in its third episode for the season of the same number with a stalker storyline.

Aniston plays Claire, Liz' ex-roommate from Chicago who is just a little bit crazy but pretty enough that not many seem to notice. Recently How I Met Your Mother took a stab (no pun intended) at this phenomenon with Barney Stinson's Mendoza Diagonal analogy, but it was perhaps first introduced to mainstre...
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'30 Rock' Recap: 'Believe in the Stars; Even If It's Not The Star You Thought'

November 7th, 2008 9:39am EST
30 Rock
Liz has to go to Chicago for jury duty in the second episode of this season's 30 Rock because she wanted to vote in a swing state (and stay on the mailing list for some pizza place), so she never switched her residency. Jack allows it, even going to far as to upgrade her ticket and give her a bottle of pills to help her sleep on the plane. Once he says the side effects include "coma" and "sexual nightmares," it's pretty clear where this is going to go. He reminds her to get her staff in order before dismissing her. Naturally this sets up the next scene perfectly, as, if you remember from la...
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Despite Good Actors, 'Miss Guided' Is Ultimately Misguided

April 9th, 2008 12:32pm EDT
Miss Guided
If you can't beat 'em, just rip 'em off. "Miss Guided," ABC's new sitcom about a high school guidance counselor, takes elements from several successful sitcoms currently on the air and attempts to string them all together with incredibly uneven results.

The series' premise holds great potential: a formerly geeky student, Becky Freeley (Judy Greer) returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor with newly great looks and confidence. Upon her return, she is subjected to the politics of high school faculty, which are not much different from those of students.

Episodes find Freele...
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The 10 Greatest Cast Members Of 'Saturday Night Live'

April 7th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Eddie Murphy
Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! These seven words have been shouted from Studio 8H of Rockefeller Center since Lorne Michaels created "Saturday Night Live" in 1975. The original name of the show was simply "Saturday Night" because at the time ABC had a show entitled "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell."

Choosing 10 of the show's best cast members is not a task to be taken lightly. We looked at what qualities go into making a perfect cast member as opposed to just picking performers who went on to greater fame after they left the show (though sometimes this happened anyw...
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Brooke Burns Talks About 'Miss Guided'

March 24th, 2008 12:50pm EDT
Brooke Burns
Brooke Burns talked to us recently about her new show, Miss Guided (including a sneak peek at the next few episodes,) her upcoming movies, and the importance that her daughter Madison has on her life. She does indeed live up to her IMDB resume which posts “Prior Job Title: Mom.” But she is more. She is courageous, having recovered from a near-fatal accident, yet still does most of her own stunts, is charming to chat with, and kept us chuckling through the entire interview.

We just got our first peek of Miss Guided. Pretty funny stuff! We liked your character, Lisa Germain.

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VH1 Counts Down The Greatest Internet Superstars, Tonight At 8

March 23rd, 2007 12:02pm EDT
GIS
The Numa Numa kid, Gary Brolsma, reigns as the #1 internet superstar on VH1's countdown special, Web Junk Presents: 40 Greatest Internet Superstars, premiering Friday, March 23 at 8 PM (et/pt).

VH1 brings together all of the greatest internet personalities that populated email inboxes, entertainment sites and blogs all over the world, with its latest countdown of the 40 most memorable internet stars. From the Chinese Backstreet Boys to Perez Hilton to Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell's rendition of Lazy Sunday, it's a who's who of web fame and infamy. Over 175,000 online votes to webjun...
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Charity Auction: Video Calls With Cast of 'The Office,' 'OC' & More of TVs Hottest Stars

November 30th, 2006 11:36am EST
Adam Brody of The O.C.
Dozens of young Hollywood’s biggest television stars have joined together in a once-in-a-lifetime auction on eBay this holiday season, supporting the Young Storytellers Foundation. Americans and Canadians can bid on private voice and video calls with participating celebrities, during which they can chat with and actually see the star on the other end.

Celebrities taking part in the auction (for both video and standard Internet calls):

· Kristen Bell - Veronica Mars

· Sophia Bush – One Tree Hill

· Adam Duritz – The Counting Crows

· Rob...
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