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Looking Back at '30 Rock' with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and the Writers

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.)

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The '30 Rock' Finale Attracted the Show's Highest Rating in Two Years, Still in Third Place

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, [...]

Life After '30 Rock': Can NYC's Comedy Production Ever Compete with LA?

Tonight, 30 Rock's seven-season, 138-episode run comes to an end. Looking back, it's hard to quantify the show's influence. Debuting in 2006, it helped cement the rebirth of NBC's Thursday-night lineup into one of the most consistent homes for quality comedy on network TV. Following closely in the footsteps of The Office, it further pushed the sitcom into more adventurous single-camera, no-laugh-track territory. All while being the most visible comedy production based in New York City.

In film and television production, New York has always been the true second city, sitting in a long shadow cast by Los Angeles. LA is the industry — there is no doubting that. [...]

The Cast of '30 Rock' Says Goodbye on Jimmy Fallon

30 Rock has just three weeks left before it ends its run, and Jimmy Fallon had the core cast – Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer – on his show last night to discuss the show and to say goodbye. Fallon ditched his desk to just sit around with the gang and chat like Oprah, and you can watch the rest of the show after the jump, which also includes Tracy Morgan covering a Boyz II Men song.

Watch Rachel Dratch as Jenna in '30 Rock's Original Unaired Pilot

Back in 2006, when 30 Rock's original pilot was being developed and produced, Tina Fey's longtime SNL and Second City collaborator Rachel Dratch was cast as Jenna DeCarlo, the star of TGS, the show-within-the-show. A second pilot was then commissioned and shot with Jane Krakowski replacing Dratch and the role (and the show) being changed drastically. Now, Popfocal has compiled all of Rachel Dratch's scenes from the original pilot into this video, and it's a pretty astounding to see how different the show was and would have been with Dratch in the role. Don't worry though, Tracy Morgan is still playing Tracy Jordan.

'Louie,' 'Girls,' 'Portlandia,' 'Modern Family,' and 'Simpsons' Win WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America Awards were held this weekend and a lot of critically-acclaimed, beloved comedies won prizes. The three person writing staff of Louie (Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, and Louis C.K. himself) won the Comedy Series Awards, and C.K.'s doing the bulk of the work there anyway. Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and company won the WGA's New Series award, beating out Veep and The Mindy Project. Portlandia, The Simpsons, and Modern Family all received awards too. While most TV awards shows tend to heap prizes on much-derided series like Two and a Half Men and other Chuck Lorre fare, you have to admit the WGA Awards are [...]

The '30 Rock' Finale: Goodbye Forever, You Factory Reject Dildos

Well, those bastards did it. Those magnificent bastards did it. In a world where the desire to make well-crafted, self-aware comedy can turn into a pressure capable of crushing the final product (right? that's not just me?), 30 Rock turned out a truly wonderful conclusion to seven wonderfully bizarre seasons.

Now, obviously I don't have to tell you that the reason 30 Rock is/was the comedian's sitcom was because you could see Tina Fey’s influence in every aspect of the show. That’s the dream about having your own show, right? People just immediately know it’s yours. Having read her book approximately a trillion times, I'm always tickled when I [...]

Watch Tina Fey's SAG Awards Acceptance Speech

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held in Hollywood last night, and Tina Fey walked away with the "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series" trophy. It's pretty impressive they can fit that super-long award name all on one trophy. That thing's gotta have some small print. Fey's acceptance speech is above, and you can see the full list of comedy-related winners and nominees from the SAG Awards after the jump. If you want drama-related winners and nominees, go to the TNT network's website or something:

Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Megan Mullally, and Salma Hayek Will Return to '30 Rock'

30 Rock only has five episodes left, set to conclude its seven-year run with an double-length episode on January 31st, but some familiar faces are returning to help the show say goodbye. TV Line reports that tomorrow's episode will feature the return of Will Arnett as Jack's deep-voiced nemesis Devon Banks, Steve Buscemi as oddball private investigator Lenny Wosniak, Megan Mullally as Liz Lemon's adoption caseworker from season 3, and Chloe Grace Moretz as teenage heir to the Kabletown empire Kaylie Hooper. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will also be appearing as herself, the star of a movie Tracy Jordan is directing. Additionally, Entertainment Weekly reports that Salma Hayek [...]

Nancy Pelosi Will Be in the '30 Rock' Finale

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be making her sitcom acting debut in a few weeks on the series finale of 30 Rock, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The long-running NBC show's hour-long swan song will air January 31st. There's no word on the nature of Pelosi's role in the show, but it's safe to assume she's playing herself in a quick cameo just last past political 30 Rock guests Al Gore, Condoleezza Rice, and Michael Bloomberg. In a creepy but charming statement about her guest spot to The Washington Post, Pelosi said, "I would do almost anything Tina Fey asks me to do." So far, Ice-T [...]

The Cast and Crew of '30 Rock' Say Goodbye to Tina Fey

If you thought you'd never see Tracy Morgan cry, you're wrong.

Here's All the Fake TV Shows from '30 Rock'

Fast Company has compiled a list of all the fake TV shows from the past seven seasons of 30 Rock, from Queen of Jordan to Bitch Hunter. Check out the list here, which is a pretty great trip through 30 Rock memory lane, even if they forgot to include the fake hit BET series Black Frasier.

Watch Tina Fey Show You Liz Lemon's Office

NBC just put out this video of Tina Fey giving a tour of Liz Lemon's office on the 30 Rock set, which has more pictures of Ghostface Killah in it than you'd think it would.

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock Are Developing a New Show for NBC Together

In a delightful interview with her Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler for The Hollywood Reporter, Tina Fey revealed that she's currently developing a new show with her 30 Rock executive producer/co-showruner Robert Carlock and her husband, 30 Rock executive producer and composer Jeff Richmond. Fey signed a new four-year deal with Universal last year to develop new shows for NBC, but this is the first we've heard of her re-teaming with Carlock on the project, which is still in its very early stages. In fact, Fey, Carlock, and Richmond haven't even settled on an idea yet. Says Fey, "Right now, we're moving out of our old office, just [...]