While I don’t think 30 Rock is the funniest comedy on TV, I still find the show, which consistently improved in each episode last season, highly entertaining. Tina Fey became more comfortable playing a television character. Alec Baldwin honed his uproarious take on a network president and Jack McBrayer was truly one of last season’s break out stars. I still think the individual performances remain better than the show as a whole, but given the dearth of good comedies on TV right now, I am committed to supporting 30 Rock. So rock on 30 Rock.
This week’s second season premiere (Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC) features a guest turn by Jerry Seinfeld. Sure that may be a little bit of bribery to get you to watch, but who cares? Next week, my favorite Will Arnett (please pause for a moment of silence for Arrested Development. Thank you.) returns to reprise his role as Jack’s corporate rival.
I also would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Jane Krakowski who plays Jenna Maroney on the series. Last spring I fearlessly predicted that she would be gone this season. But what’s the point of fearless predictions if you aren’t wrong every once in awhile. Krakowski is back and it looks like the show finally knows how to handle her character. Jenna’s current story line allows Fey to further mock TV and societal conventions.
After you watch 30 Rock this week, let me know what you think.
I Heart Jim and Pam
There are times when I have to have little talks with myself about how television characters are not real. Sure most of the time I remember this pertinent fact. But last week when The Office revealed that Jim and Pam were dating, I was so happy that I actually clapped out loud and declared to no one in particular "Oh this is so good."
What I’ve always loved about The Office is the show’s ability to balance Michael’s outrageous antics (a run for rabies? Really?) with believable story lines that ring true. I’m not even bothered by the fact that after three seasons of watching Jim and Pam silently pine for each other, we were cut out of seeing the moment when they finally got together. I’m just down right giddy that they are a couple. How about you? Post your thoughts on the season premiere of The Office below.
Jorja Fox leaving CSI
I with you guys. I’m upset that Jorja Fox is leaving CSI. In fact, I’m not happy at all. So as promised, here’s the link of a campaign fans have started to keep her on the show.
Now I’ve already told you that I simply didn’t fall in love with Pushing Daisies (premiering Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC). I found it a little too cute for its own good. And really couldn’t see myself wanting to watch it every week. Basically, to use one of my favorite phrases, I wasn’t picking up what the show was putting down. I definitely think the show is an acquired taste. Three stars. But what I really want to know is what you think of the show. So write me or post your thoughts below.
Thanks again for all your support of the blog. I’ll be back on Friday to talk about Friday Night Lights and begin my one woman campaign to make you watch the show. Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal