The Writers Guild of America announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards in TV, and the list was full of few surprises. Usual suspects Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and Veep made it into the Comedy Series category, also joined by newcomer Orange Is the New Black and departing 30 Rock. Simpsons and Futurama dominated the animation category, while Colbert, Conan, Kimmel, SNL, Daily Show, and Portlandia all took home variety series nominations.
Sure, shows like Archer, Bob's Burgers, Key & Peele, Eastbound & Down, Eagleheart, Always Sunny, Nathan For You, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Always Sunny also deserve nominations and didn't get any whereas a lot [...]
Dean Winters, who you may know from Oz, Law & Order: SVU, or, most importantly, as Beeper King Dennis Duffy on 30 Rock has landed a new TV role. EW reports that Winters is set to guest star in an episode of Andy Samberg's new Fox cop comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He'll play Warren Pembroke, who works for the Major Crimes Unit and is Samberg's character's rival. Other guest stars lined up for Brooklyn Nine-Nine's first season (premiering September 17th) include Kid Cudi and Fred Armisen.
SNL writer and 30 Rock punching bag John Lutz wrote a piece for the Second City Network called "10 Things to Know About Life After The Second City." It's full of good advice for improvisers like "be patient," "don't hold grudges," and "if you own a pair of Skechers, throw them out," all of which double as good advice for regular people too.
30 Rock is gone. After seven seasons, Liz Lemon is no more. On Wednesday night, her real-life writers, Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, Colleen McGuiness, Josh Siegal, and Dylan Morgan reunited at the Paley Center in New York to reminisce and discuss just how a show like 30 Rock came to be. In a panel moderated by New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum, we learned all about the show's origins, stories that never got to be told, how Tina felt about Studio 60, and who at TGS Jenna Maroney almost had an affair with. (Be warned, there are a couple tiny spoilers for the 30 Rock series finale in here.) [...]
30 Rock ended on a high(ish) note last night, ratings-wise. The hour-long series finale was watched by 4.8 million viewers, its best ratings in two years. During her acceptance speech at the SAG Awards Sunday night, Fey jokingly pleaded with the audience, "Our finale is on this Thursday at 8 PM, up against The Big Bang Theory, so just tape The Big Bang Theory for once, for crying out loud!" At least a couple people listened to her, but the show was still handily beat by competition on CBS and Fox, coming in at third place. At 8pm, Big Bang won the night with 17.51 million and 5.3 in the key 18-49 demo, [...]