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My Favorite Scene: 30 Rock Season 1 (2006) “Jack’s Tuxedo”

 

Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy is one of my favorite TV characters of all-time.  Baldwin’s megalomaniacal, prescient, manipulative, eccentric NBC executive was a hit from the pilot, but really had his first moment of pure “Jacktasticness” (trademark pending) in 30 Rock’s sixth episode.  Jack has his overworked showrunner Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) pulling extra duty during an especially busy time writing jokes for a conservative fundraiser at which he’ll be speaking.  This scene is the culmination of an episode of Donaghy messing with Lemon for his own amusement, plus it contains the greatest one-line explanation for why a character SHOULDN’T be wearing a tuxedo in entertainment history.  30 Rock went on to become one of the seminal sitcoms of the last 25 years, and in the sixth episode you can already see why.Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock

My Favorite Scene: 30 Rock Season 6 (2012) “Kouch Town Commercials”

30 Rock is one of the last great network sitcoms, and was absolutely stellar throughout its seven seasons on the air.  Choosing ONE moment from a season of 30 Rock is a superhuman feat, not unlike when Alec Baldwin’s elitist, CEO character, Jack Donaghy, attempts to have a perfect day (“Reaganing” is what he calls it).  Jack Donaghy is easily one of my top 10 characters in TV history, and it will be the defining role of Alec Baldwin’s career.  One of my favorite Jack moments comes in season 6 episode 18 (“Murphy Brown Lied to Us”) when NBC is purchased by a fictional company called KableTown, and Jack is demoted to running their subsidiary company, KouchTown.

Tina Fey, 30 Rock, Liz Lemon
30 ROCK — “Murphy Brown Lied to Us” Episode 618 — Pictured: Tina Fey as Liz Lemon — (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC)

The couches, unfortunately are death traps, closing like Venus Flytraps on their sitters.  This may have stopped a lesser CEO, but this is Jack Donaghy and he was going to impress the new brass by selling every one of those  death traps.  He hires actor Stacy Keach to film an increasingly hilarious and desperate series of commercials; marketing them as the Tough Man’s Couch.  It’s stupid and brilliant and that’s 30 Rock in a nutshell.  Here’s a bonus video of some of Jack’s other great moments with some commentary from 30 Rock‘s writers.

Tina Fey, Liz Lemon, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan,

In Theaters This Week (3/4/16) – Zootopia, London Has Fallen and More!

House of Cards, Frank Underwood, Kevin SpaceyWelcome to a new weekly column!  Each Thursday we’ll look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  March 4th will see four major releases hit theaters as well as a binge watching opportunity at home. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/4/16) – Zootopia, London Has Fallen and More!

My Favorite Scene: 30 Rock Season 2 “Therapy Jack Style” (2007)

 

Tina Fey is a freaking genius.  30 Rock never got the critical acclaim it should have over its seven year run, but it never flagged, was always true to its characters and delivered some of the funniest moments in the last ten years of television.  Fey created, wrote, produced and starred in the show, plus she cast actors generally known for their inability to work with others and wove it into the fabric of the show.  No greater example of this is Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy, one of my ten greatest sitcom characters of all-time.  His effortless ability to segue from wise, all-knowing executive into complete lunatic and back provided some of the show’s best moments including this clip from the second season episode “Rosemary’s Baby” where the NBC shrink asks Jack to help Tracy Morgan with some parental issues.
30 Rock, Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

Trailer Time: This is Where I Leave You (2014)

This was on my Most Anticipated of 2014 list as a dark horse candidate, primarily because of the strength of the source material (Jonathan Tropper’s novel) and the HUGE, talented cast.  Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Connie Britton, Corey Stoll and Dax Shepherd among others.  Check out the trailer above and the synopsis below.  This is Where I Leave You opens in theaters on September 12, 2014.

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide— driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.