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30 Rock is an Americanmarker television comedy series created by Tina Fey that airs on NBC. The series takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series depicted as airing on NBC; the name "30 Rock" refers to the address of the GE Buildingmarker where NBC Studiosmarker is located, 30 Rockefeller Plazamarker. This series is produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc., in association with NBC Universal.

30 Rock is produced in a single camera setup, and is primarily filmed at Silvercup Studiosmarker in Long Island City, Queens, New Yorkmarker, with some scenes filmed on location at Rockefeller Centermarker. The pilot episode premiered on October 11, 2006. Three full seasons have aired since, comprising 21, 15, and 22 episodes each. The fourth season began airing on October 15, 2009. The series has an ensemble cast that currently consists of 13 regular cast members, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Keith Powell, Lonny Ross, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman and Maulik Pancholy.

30 Rock has been a critical success, winning several major awards (including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2007, 2008, and 2009), and achieving the top ranking on myriad critics' year-end best of 2006 and 2007 lists. On July 14, 2009, the series was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards, the most in a single year for a comedy series. Despite these accolades, the series averaged a low 5.8 million viewers in the United States during its first season, according to the Nielsen Ratings system, and ranked 102 out of 142 television series. TV commentators have pointed out that 30 Rock is a low rated show, but it has gained viewers throughout its run.

Production

Conception

In 2002, Fey was the head writer and a performer on Saturday Night Live (SNL). She pitched the show that became 30 Rock to NBC, originally as a sitcom about cable news. NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly felt that "Fey was using the news setting as a fig leaf for her own experience and [he] encouraged her to write what she knew." The show was subsequently reworked to revolve around an SNL-style sketch show. In May 2003, Fey signed a contract with NBC to remain in her SNL head writer position until at least the 2004–2005 television season and to develop a prime-time project to be produced by Broadway Video and NBC Universal.

During the 2004–2005 pilot season, a pilot was announced named Untitled Tina Fey Project. The 30 Rock pilot focused on the head writer of a variety show who has to manage her relationships with the show's volatile star and its charismatic executive producer. The storyline evolved into one that dealt with a head writer of a variety show who dealt with both the stars as well as the show's new network executive. 30 Rock was officially given the green light to air May 15, 2006, along with a 13-episode order.

The series underwent further changes during the months leading up to and following its debut. A May 2006 press release mentioned that sketches from The Girlie Show would be made available in their entirety on NBC's broadband website, DotComedy.com. The idea was to air the fictitious TGS with Tracy Jordan online. This aspect of the series was abandoned prior to its debut.

Filming

30 Rock is filmed in New York Citymarker. Although establishing shots of 30 Rock are often repeated, outdoor scenes are filmed on location at Rockefeller Centermarker or in other parts of New York City. Most of the indoor scenes are filmed at Silvercup Studiosmarker in Queensmarker. In the episodes "Cleveland" and "Hiatus," Battery Park City, Manhattanmarker, and Douglaston, Queensmarker, doubled for Cleveland, Ohiomarker, and Needmore, Pennsylvania, respectively. In the episode "Gavin Volure," stock footage of the Arkansas Governor's Mansionmarker was used for exterior shots of the home of Steve Martin's character.

The title sequence is made up of photos and video of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and features the series regulars. The sequence ends with a time lapse of the building and then a title card reading '30 Rock'. The sequence has remained mostly the same throughout the series, although there have been changes to the videos of most of the actors.

30 Rock is shot on 35mm film.

Music

The series features a "jaunty" jazz score. Most of the score's melody is played by either clarinet, bass clarinet, or saxophone. The music is composed by Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who is also a producer for 30 Rock. Richmond wrote the theme music, which was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. Seven short, original songs have been featured in episodes, five of which were performed by Jane Krakowski, another performed by Tina Fey and Jason Sudeikis, and another performed by Tracy Morgan. The show has also covered three existing songs, including the song "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. The song had its lyrics altered to accommodate the character Kenneth being "misinformed about the time [of the 11:45 train]." The song "Oh My" performed by the The Gray Kid is heard throughout the episode "The Source Awards", which was mixed with a piano arrangement composed by Richmond. Other popular songs have been featured (with blessings by the singers), like "I Will Remember You" or "Bitch".

Internet content

On April 2, 2008, NBC announced 30 Rock 360, an online extension of the 30 Rock series. The extension will feature Jack Donaghy's Online Business Courses (or Jack U). Users will also be able to read Jack's blogs and upload their own business advice in video form. Users will be able to submit skits for TGS with Tracy Jordan and act out skits from TGS. The feature will reopen Ask Tina, an interactive question and answer platform in which users can ask Fey questions. Fey will answer the questions in video form. Ask Tina was a fixture on NBC.com's 30 Rock section throughout the first season.

Cast and characters



The plot of 30 Rock revolves around the cast and crew of the fictional sketch comedy series TGS with Tracy Jordan (originally called The Girlie Show), which is filmed in Studio 6H inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The series features an ensemble cast. The series features seven roles that during the opening credits receiving star billing:



Beginning with season two, three characters, who were credited as guest stars during season one, received star billing after the opening credits in addition to the principal cast:



Beginning with season three, three characters who were credited as guest stars in the first two seasons received star billing after the opening credits in addition to Bowden, Powell, Ross, and the principal cast:

The last three actors credited after the opening credits are credited only in the episodes in which they appear.

Casting



Tina Fey worked with Jen McNamara and Adam Bernstein for the casting of the series. Fey's first act as casting director was to cast herself as the lead character, Liz Lemon, who is said to be much like Fey herself when she first became head writer on SNL. The next actor to be cast was Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, who was then a former castmate of Fey's in SNL. Morgan was asked by Fey to play the role, and he believed it was "right up [his] alley and it was tailor made for [him]". Fey said that the character of Kenneth Parcell was written with Jack McBrayer in mind. McBrayer is an old friend of Fey (they worked together at Second City in Chicago), and she "really wanted him for that part and was very happy when no one objected".

Rachel Dratch, Fey's longtime comedy partner and fellow SNL alumna, was originally cast to portray Jenna. Dratch played the role in the show's original pilot, but in August 2006, Jane Krakowski was announced as Dratch's replacement, with Dratch remaining involved in the show playing various characters. Fey explained the change by noting that Dratch was "better-suited to playing a variety of eccentric side characters", and that the role of Jenna was more of a straight-ahead acting part. Although Fey went on to say that "Rachel and I were both very excited about this new direction", Dratch said that she was not happy with the media's depiction of the change as a demotion. Dratch was skeptical about the reasons she was given for the change, and was not happy with the reduction in the number of episodes in which she would appear.

Shortly following the casting of McBrayer and Dratch, Alec Baldwin was cast as Jack Donaghy, the "totally uncensored" Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming. Fey said that the character of Jack Donaghy was written with Baldwin in mind, and she was "very pleasantly surprised when he agreed to do it". Judah Friedlander was cast as the staff writer of The Girlie Show, Frank Rossitano. Friedlander had never met Fey before auditioning for a role in 30 Rock. His character was based on at least two writers that Fey used to work with at SNL, but he said that he "certainly brought some of [his] own things to it as well". Finally, Scott Adsit was cast as Pete Hornberger, a long time friend of Liz's and producer of The Girlie Show. Adsit, an old friend of Fey, also had his character written based on him.

Season synopses

Season 1

Season one began airing in the United States on October 11, 2006, and featured 21 episodes. The season finale aired on April 26, 2007. Jack Donaghy, the "Head of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming" at General Electric (GE), is transferred to work at the NBC headquarters, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and retool the late night sketch comedy series The Girlie Show. The show's cast and crew are outraged by this; especially head writer Liz Lemon and main actress Jenna Maroney. Jack proceeds to wreak havoc on The Girlie Show, forcing Liz to hire the off-the-wall movie star Tracy Jordan. He again angers the cast and crew of The Girlie Show when he changes the name to TGS with Tracy Jordan (or just TGS).

As the season progresses, the episodes become less about TGS and more about how the characters deal with juggling their lives and their jobs — specifically the protagonist, Liz Lemon, but other characters are also explored. Episodes also become less self-contained and various story arcs develop in the second half of the season. For example, the first major story arc centers on Liz's relationship with Dennis Duffy (Dean Winters), "The Beeper King." Other story arcs include: Jenna promoting her movie The Rural Juror; Tracy going on the run from the Black Crusaders; Jack's engagement, which was eventually called off, to a Christie's auctioneer named Phoebe (Emily Mortimer); and another relationship of Liz's with Floyd (Jason Sudeikis).

Season 2

Season two began airing in the United States on October 4, 2007, and featured 15 episodes. The second season was originally intended to consist of 22 episodes but the order was cut to 15 due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The season finale aired on May 8, 2008. After Liz broke up with Floyd in the summer, she is looking for ways to rebound. When Jerry Seinfeld confronts Jack about a new marketing campaign which featured clips of Seinfeld's sitcom, Seinfeld, in all NBC shows, he has a chance encounter with Liz that gives her some much needed advice. During the TGS summer hiatus, Jenna becomes overweight due to performing in the Broadway showmarker Mystic Pizza: The Musical (based on the real 1988 film Mystic Pizza) and with the help of Kenneth, loses the weight. Tracy has encountered some marital problems with his wife Angie Jordan (Sherri Shepherd) and they become separated, but later reunite.

During the season, Jack develops a relationship with a Democratic congresswoman named Celeste "C.C." Cunningham (Edie Falco). They later break up. An arc that was established in the first season but becomes more apparent in the second regards Jack running for the GE chairmanship against his archnemesis Devon Banks (Will Arnett). The season ends with Liz planning to adopt a child after believing she was pregnant with Dennis' baby. Kenneth also travels to Beijing to be a page at the 2008 Summer Olympics and Tracy invents a pornographic video game. Jack ends the season working at a new government job in Washington, D.C.marker, but plans to get fired by proposing a "gay bomb."

Season 3



30 Rock returned with a third season as part of NBC's fall schedule, airing immediately after The Office. The season consisted of 22 episodes. Oprah Winfrey guest starred in the second episode, playing herself, as well as Jennifer Aniston playing Liz's ex roommate. Salma Hayek also appeared for a multi-episode arc, portraying Jack's new girlfriend. Other guest stars this season included Megan Mullally and Steve Martin. Jon Hamm played Liz's love interest and neighbor for several episodes. Alan Alda appeared in the season's final two episodes as Milton Greene, Jack's biological father. The season finale featured multiple musical guests, including Talib Kweli, Michael McDonald, Norah Jones, Steve Earle, Clay Aiken, the Beastie Boys, Mary J. Blige, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Rhett Miller, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Levine and Rachael Yamagata, performing "Kidney Now!", an organ donation drive spoof of We Are The World and "Just Stand Up!".

Season 4

The fourth season of 30 Rock premiered on October 15, 2009. A reoccurring story arc early in the season revolved around Jack's request that Liz cast a new actor for TGS, and Liz's subsequent search for the perfect comedian, much to the dismay of Jenna and Tracy, who feared losing their spotlight.

Impact

Critical reception

30 Rock has been well received by critics but has struggled to attract viewers. Robert Abele of LA Weekly declared that the show was "A weirdly appropriate and hilarious symbol of our times." The Wall Street Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote that "The standard caution is relevant - debut episodes tend to be highly polished. All the more reason to enjoy the hilarious scenes and fine ensemble cast here."{{cite web |url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116008368469484155.html |title=This Is the Funny One |accessdate=2008-04-04 |last=Rabinowitz |first=Dorothy |date=2006-10-06 |publisher=''[[The Wall Street Journal]]''}} Some less favorable reviews were received from Brian Lowry of ''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]''. Lowry said that "Despite her success with 'Mean Girls,' [Tina] Fey mostly hits too-familiar notes in the pilot. Moreover, she's a limited protagonist, which is problematic."{{cite web |url=http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117931792.html?categoryId=32&cs=1 |title=''30 Rock'' (Series -- NBC, Wed. Oct. 11, 8 p.m.) |accessdate=2008-04-04 |last=Lowry |first=Brian |date=2006-10-08 |publisher=''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]''}} Criticism was also received from Maureen Ryan of the ''[[Chicago Tribune]]'', who said that "''30 Rock'' is less than the sum of its parts, and, as an entry in the [[single-camera]] comedy sweepstakes, it fails to show either the inspired inventiveness of ''[[Arrested Development (TV series)|Arrested Development]]'' or provide the surprisingly perceptive character studies of ''The Office''."{{cite web |url=http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2006/10/30_rock_20_good.html |archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/5afB1UdOK |archivedate=2008-09-07 |title=''30 Rock'', ''20 Good Years'' and the soul of sitcoms |accessdate=2008-04-04 |last=Ryan |first=Maureen |date=2006-10-09 |publisher=''[[Chicago Tribune]]''}} ''[[Metacritic]]'' gave the pilot episode a Metascore—a weighted average based on the impressions of a select thirty-one critical reviews—of 67 out of 100.{{cite web |url=http://www.metacritic.com/tv/shows/30rock?q=30%20rock |title=''30 Rock'' Series: NBC, Wednesday 8:00p (30 minutes) |accessdate=2008-02-27 |publisher=''[[Metacritic]]''}} The season premiere of the second season, "[[SeinfeldVision]]," which featured [[Jerry Seinfeld]],{{cite press release |title=Television Superstar Jerry Seinfeld Returns to NBC to Guest-star as Himself in NBC's ''30 Rock'' During Comedy's Second-season Premiere October 4 |publisher=''[[NBC Universal]] Media Village'' |date=2007-07-16 |url=http://nbcumv.com/release_detail.nbc/entertainment-20070716000000-televisionsuperstar.html |accessdate=2008-04-04}} received mostly positive reviews. Jeff Labrecque of ''[[Entertainment Weekly]]'' wrote that "''SeinfeldVision'' was a clever and ironic way to incorporate [Jerry] Seinfeld."{{cite web |url=http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2007/10/mini-tv-watch-3.html |title=''30 Rock'': Pull Yourself Together, Man |accessdate=2008-03-29 |last=Labrecque |first=Jeff |date=2007-10-05 |publisher=''[[Entertainment Weekly]]''}} Matt Webb Mitovich of ''[[TV Guide]]'' said that "['SeinfeldVision'] was a solid start to the new, fought-for season" and that it did have "some great, great moments." Despite this praise, Webb Mitovich criticised Kenneth and Tracy's "office wife" storyline saying that "we've seen this shtick before on countless other sitcoms, so it was a bit empty and filled with 'easy' jokes." Criticism was also received regarding the "striped outfit... it didn't work. No," referring to a joke involving Jenna trying to distract the ''TGS'' writers from her newly gained weight.{{cite web |url=http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TV-Show-Blog/30-Rock/Episode-Recap-Seinfeldvision/800023766 |title=Episode Recap: 'SeinfeldVision' |accessdate=2008-03-29 |last=Mitovich |first=Matt Webb |date=2007-10-04 |publisher=''[[TV Guide]]''}} Lisa Schmeiser of ''[[Television Without Pity]]'' graded this episode as a "B+."{{cite web |url=http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/30_rock/seinfeldvision.php |title='SeinfeldVision' |accessdate=2008-10-30 |last=Schmeiser |first=Lisa |date=2007-10-05 |publisher=''[[Television Without Pity]]''}} Despite the mostly positive reviews, Alessandra Stanley of ''[[The New York Times]]'' thought that "SeinfeldVision" "is mostly a reminder that even the most talented actors and writers sometimes slip under pressure."{{cite web |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D01E0DE1F3EF937A35753C1A9619C8B63&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss |title=''30 Rock'' and ''Grey's Anatomy''; Sophomore Jitters and 'SeinfeldVision' |accessdate=2008-03-29 |last=Stanley |first=Alessandra |date=2007-10-04 |publisher=''[[The New York Times]]''}} Days before the season premiere, Seinfeld was criticized as using his appearance in this episode as a plug for his upcoming [[feature film]] ''[[Bee Movie]]''. Seinfeld, NBC and [[General Electric]] stated that this was done as [[meta-joke|metahumor]].{{cite news |url=http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN0243829420071003 |title=Seinfeld Plugs Own Movie in ''30 Rock'' Guest Spot |accessdate=2007-12-23 |last=Gorman |first=Steve |date=2007-10-03 |publisher=''[[Reuters]]''}} At the end of 2006, ''LA Weekly'' listed ''30 Rock'' as one of the best "Series of the Year." {{cite web|url=http://www.laweekly.com/film+tv/screen/sit-up-and-watch/15291/|author=Able, Robert |publisher=''[[LA Weekly]]''|title=Sit Up and Watch|accessdate=2007-10-16|date=2006-12-27}}{{Dead link|date=September 2008}} The show also appeared on similar year end "best of" 2006 lists published by ''The New York Times'',{{cite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/24/arts/television/24stan.html|title=Where the Tube Beats YouTube|first=Alessandra |last=Stanley|publisher=''[[The New York Times]]''|date=2006-12-24|accessdate=2007-10-16}} ''[[The A.V. Club]]'',{{cite web |url=http://www.avclub.com/content/node/57448 |title=Crosstalk: The Best TV Of 2006 |accessdate=2008-04-01 |last=Murray |first=Noel |coauthors=Tobias, Scott |date=2007-01-10 |work= |publisher=''[[The A.V. Club]]''}} ''[[The Boston Globe]]'',{{cite web |url=http://www.metacritic.com/tv/bests/2006/ |title=Best of 2006: TV Critic Top Ten Lists |accessdate=2008-04-06 |publisher=[[Metacritic]]}} ''[[The Chicago Sun-Times]]'', ''Entertainment Weekly'', ''[[The Los Angeles Times]]'', ''[[The Miami Herald]]'', ''[[People Weekly]]'', and ''TV Guide''. The ''[[Associated Press]]'' wrote that NBC's "Thursday night comedy block—made up of ''[[My Name Is Earl]]'', ''[[The Office (U.S. TV series)|The Office]]'', ''[[Scrubs (TV series)|Scrubs]]'', and ''30 Rock''—is consistently the best night of prime time viewing for any network."{{cite web|title=NBC leads year's best series|first=Terry |last=Morrow|url=http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/526251.html|publisher=[[Associated Press]]|accessdate=2007-10-16|date=2006-12-29}} In 2007, it appeared on ''The Boston Globe'''s "best of" list{{cite web |url=http://www.metacritic.com/tv/bests/2007/ |title=Best of 2007: TV Critic Top Ten List |accessdate=2008-04-06 |publisher=''[[Metacritic]]''}} as well as the "best of" lists of ''The Chicago Sun-Times'', ''The Chicago Tribune'', ''Entertainment Weekly'', ''The Los Angeles Times'', ''Newark Star-Ledger'', ''The New York Times'', ''Pittsburgh Post-Gazette'', ''[[The San Francisco Chronicle]]'', ''[[The San Jose Mercury News]]'', ''TV Guide'' and ''[[USA Today]]''. ''30 Rock'' was named the best series of 2007 by ''Entertainment Weekly''. ===Awards and nominations=== {{Main|List of 30 Rock awards and nominations}} Capping its critically successful first season, ''30 Rock'' won the [[Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series]] and [[Elaine Stritch]] was awarded an Emmy in September 2007 for her work as a guest actress in "Hiatus."{{cite press release |title=Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 59th Primetime Emmy Awards |publisher=''[[Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]]'' |date=2007-09-16 |url=http://www.emmys.org/downloads/2007/pte59emmywinners.pdf |format=PDF |accessdate=2008-02-18}} [[Tina Fey]] and [[Alec Baldwin]] were nominated in the [[Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series|Outstanding Lead Actress]] and [[Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy Series|Outstanding Lead Actor]] in a comedy series categories respectively.{{cite web |url=http://www.emmys.org/awards/2007pt/59thnominations.php |title=The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards and Creative Arts Emmy Awards Nominees are... |accessdate=2008-02-18 |publisher=''[[Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]]''}} "Jack-Tor" and "Tracy Does Conan" were both nominated in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. ''30 Rock'' received four [[Creative Arts Emmy Awards]]. Alec Baldwin received the [[Golden Globe Award]] for [[List of Golden Globe Awards: Television, Best Actor, Comedy/Musical|Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical]] in 2007.{{cite web |url=http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/year/2006 |title=Nominations and Winners 2007 |accessdate=2008-03-07 |publisher=''[[Hollywood Foreign Press Association]]''}} Baldwin also received the [[Screen Actors Guild Award]] for [[Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor - Comedy Series|Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series]] in 2007.{{cite news |title='Dreamgirls' and 'Sunshine' Dreams Come True |url=http://www.etonline.com/sag2007/2007/01/38574/index.html |publisher=''[[Entertainment Tonight]]'' |date=2007-01-28 |accessdate=2008-02-18}} The show also received various other guild award nominations during its first season.{{cite web |url=http://www.dga.org/news/dgamonthly-0207/awrdsnews_tvcatsannounce-0207.php3 |title=DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in the television categories of Dramatic Series Night, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Reality Programs, Daytime Serials and Children's Programs for 2006 |accessdate=2008-03-07 |year=2007 |month=February |work=Newsletter |publisher=''[[Directors Guild of America]]''}}{{cite press release |title=2007 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced |publisher=''[[Writers Guild of America, West]]'' |date=2006-12-13 |url=http://www.wga.org/subpage_newsevents.aspx?id=2267 |accessdate=2008-03-07}} In 2008, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin both won Screen Actors Guild Awards.{{cite news |first=Pamela |last=McClintock |title='Country' takes top SAG film award |url=http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_article/VR1117979715.html?nav=news&categoryid=1983&cs=1 |publisher=''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]'' |date=2008-01-27 |accessdate=2008-02-18}} The series took home the [[Writers Guild of America Award]] for [[Writers Guild of America Awards 2007#Best Comedy Series|Best Comedy Series]] in 2008.{{cite press release |title=Writers Guild Awards Awards Winners 2008 Awards Winners Film and Television Winners |publisher=''[[Writers Guild of America, West]]'' |url=http://www.wga.org/awards/awardssub.aspx?id=1517 |accessdate=2008-03-07}} It also received the The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Series - Comedy from the [[Producers Guild of America]] in 2008.{{cite news |first=Leslie |last=Simmons |title='No Country' tops PGA Awards |url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3iade5585233ac6180d9045068cae0c307 |publisher=''[[The Hollywood Reporter]]'' |date=2008-02-04 |accessdate=2008-02-18}} ''30 Rock'' received 17 Emmy nominations, for its second season, meaning it was the second most nominated series of the year.{{cite web |url=http://cdn.emmys.tv/awards/2008pte/60thpte_noms.php |title=The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards and Creative Arts Emmy Awards Nominees are... |accessdate=2008-07-17 |date=2008-07-17 |work= |publisher=''[[Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]]''}} These 17 nominations broke the record for the most nominations for a comedy series, meaning that ''30 Rock'' was the most nominated comedy series for any individual Emmy year. The previous holder of this record was ''[[The Larry Sanders Show]]'' in 1996 with 16 nominations.{{cite news |first=Tom |last=O'Neil |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=''30 Rock'' breaks comedy record at Emmy nominations |url=http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/07/30-rock-and-joh.html |work= |publisher=''[[The Los Angeles Times]]'' |date=2008-07-18 |accessdate=2008-07-24 }} ''30 Rock'' also won the [[Television Critics Association Award]] for "Outstanding Achievement in Comedy."{{cite news |first=Stuart |last=Levine |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=''Mad Men'' tops TCA Awards |url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117989202.html?categoryId=14&cs=1 |work= |publisher=''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]'' |date=2008-07-19 |accessdate=2008-07-20 }} Also in 2008, ''30 Rock'' completed a sweep of the major awards for best comedy series at that year's Primetime Emmy Awards. The show won Outstanding Comedy Series, Alec Baldwin was recognized as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Tina Fey was given the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. This marks the eighth time in the history of the Emmy awards that a show won best series plus best lead actor and actress.{{cite news |first=Tom |last=O'Neil |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=''30 Rock'' finally rocks the Emmys, sweeping the trifecta |url=http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/09/emmy-30-rock.html |work= |publisher=''[[The Los Angeles Times]]'' |date=2008-09-21 |accessdate=2008-09-22 }} Tina Fey also won the award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the episode "Cooter". At the 2008 [[Golden Globe]] awards, ''30 Rock'' won the award for [[Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy|Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy]], Alec Baldwin won [[Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy|Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy]], and Tina Fey won [[Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy|Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy]].http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/ ''30 Rock'' received a [[Peabody Award]] in 2008.{{cite press release |title=67th Annual Peabody Awards Winners Announced |publisher=''[[Peabody Award]]s'' |date=2008-04-02 |url=http://128.192.29.189/news/pressrelease.asp?ID=152 |accessdate=2008-04-02}} Upon announcing the award, the Peabody Board commended the show for being "not only a great workplace comedy in the tradition of ''[[The Mary Tyler Moore Show]]'', complete with fresh, indelible secondary characters, but also a sly, gleeful satire of corporate media, especially the [[NBC|network that airs it]]."{{cite press release |title=Complete List of 2007 Peabody Award Winners |publisher=''[[Peabody Award]]s'' |date=2008-04-02 |url=http://128.192.29.189/news/pressrelease.asp?ID=151 |accessdate=2008-04-02}} In 2009, 30 Rock received a record breaking 22 primetime Emmy Award nominations and won 5 Emmy Awards, including Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Alec Baldwin). ===Ratings=== Below, "Rank" refers to how well ''30 Rock'' rated compared to other television series which aired during primetime hours of the corresponding [[television season]]. The television season tends to begin in September, of any given year, and end during the May of the following year. "Viewers" refers to the average number of viewers for all original episodes (broadcast in the series' "Regular Timeslot") of ''30 Rock'' aired during the television season. Although the viewer average may be higher for some seasons than others, the rank will not necessarily be higher. This is due to the number of programs aired during primetime. In some seasons there may be more regular programs aired during primetime than in others. The "Season premiere" is the date that the first episode of the season aired. Similarly, the "Season finale" is the date that the final episode of the season aired. {| class="wikitable" |- style="background-color:#E0E0E0" ! | Season ! | Timeslot ([[Eastern Standard Time|EST]]) ! | Episodes ! | Season premiere ! | Season finale ! | TV season ! | Rank ! | Viewers
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Thursday 9:30 P.M. (November 16, 2006–March 8, 2007)
Thursday 9:00 P.M. (April 5, 2007–April 26, 2007) | 21 | October 11, 2006 | April 26, 2007 | style="font-size:11px;text-align:center" |[[2006-07 United States network television schedule|2006–2007]] ! style="text-align:center" | #102 ! style="text-align:center" | 5.8 |- ! style="background:#F9F9F9;text-align:center" | [[30 Rock (season 2)|2]] ! style="background:#F9F9F9;font-size:11px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;line-height:110%" |Thursday 8:30 P.M. (October 4, 2007–December 6, 2007)
Thursday 9:00 P.M. (December 13, 2007)
Thursday 8:30 P.M. (January 10, 2008–April 17, 2008)
Thursday 9:30 P.M. (April 24, 2008–May 8, 2008) | 15 | October 4, 2007 | May 8, 2008 | style="font-size:11px;text-align:center" |[[2007-08 United States network television schedule|2007–2008]] ! style="text-align:center" | #94{{cite press release |title=I. T. R. S. Ranking Report 01 Thru 220 (out of 220 programs) Daypart: Primetime Mon-Sun |publisher=''[[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] Medianet'' |date=2008-05-20 |url=http://www.abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=052008_06 |accessdate=2008-06-02}} ! style="text-align:center" | 6.4{{cite news |first=James |last=Hibberd |title=For the networks, season didn't rate; Chart: Season wrap |url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i6e06ab8971554c64624b9b5f980db683?pn=3 |publisher=''[[The Hollywood Reporter]]'' |date=2008-05-22 |accessdate=2008-05-26}} |- ! style="background:#F9F9F9;text-align:center" | [[List of 30 Rock episodes#Season 3: 2008–2009|3]] ! style="background:#F9F9F9;font-size:11px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;line-height:110%" |Thursday 9:30 P.M. (October 30, 2008–May 14, 2009) | 22 | October 30, 2008 | May 14, 2009 | style="font-size:11px;text-align:center" |[[2008-09 United States network television schedule|2008–2009]] ! style="text-align:center" | #69http://www.abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=052709_07 ! style="text-align:center" | 7.5 |- ! style="background:#F9F9F9;text-align:center" | [[List of 30 Rock episodes#Season 4: 2009–2010|4]] ! style="background:#F9F9F9;font-size:11px;font-weight:normal;text-align:left;line-height:110%" |Thursday 9:30 P.M. (October 15, 2009–present) | 22 | October 15, 2009 | TBA | style="font-size:11px;text-align:center" |[[2009-10 United States network television schedule|2009–2010]] ! style="text-align:center" | TBA ! style="text-align:center" | 6.0* |} * As of November 19, 2009. The pilot episode generated 8.13 million viewers,{{cite news |first=Rick |last=Kissell |title=NBC's ''Rock'' solid in premiere |url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117951807.html?categoryid=1275&cs=1&query=30+rock+3%2E2 |publisher=''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]'' |date=2006-10-12 |accessdate=2008-02-27}} the series' highest ratings until that of its third season premiere which garnered 8.5 million viewers. In its original timeslot of Wednesday at 8:00PM [[Eastern Standard Time|EST]], the show averaged 6.23 million viewers.{{cite press release |title=I. T. R. S. Ranking Report 01 thru 112 (out of 112 programs) Daypart: Primetime Mon-Sun |publisher=''[[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] Medianet'' |date=2006-11-07 |url=http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=110706_06 |accessdate=2008-04-03}} ''30 Rock'' aired on Wednesdays for its first four episodes. The seasons lowest ratings were achieved by "Jack the Writer" and "Hard Ball" which both achieved 4.61 million viewers.{{cite press release |title=I. T. R. S. Ranking Report 01 thru 102 (out of 102 programs) Daypart: Primetime Mon-Sun |publisher=''[[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] Medianet'' |date=2006-11-07 |url=http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=110706_05 |accessdate=2008-04-03}}{{cite press release |title=I. T. R. S. Ranking Report 01 thru 99 (out of 99 programs) Daypart: Primetime Mon-Sun |publisher=''[[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] Medianet'' |date=2007-02-27 |url=http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=022707_06 |accessdate=2008-04-03}} The season two premiere, "[[SeinfeldVision]]," was viewed by 7.33 million viewers, the highest rating since the pilot.{{cite press release |title=I. T. R. S. Ranking Report 01 thru 102 (out of 102 programs) Daypart: Primetime Mon-Sun |publisher=''[[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] Medianet'' |date=2007-10-09 |url=http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=100907_06 |accessdate=2008-04-03}} ''30 Rock'' entered a hiatus due to the [[2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike]] on January 10, 2008. [[Episode 210|The episode]] that aired on that date was viewed by 5.98 million viewers.{{cite press release |title=I. T. R. S. Ranking Report 01 thru 95 (out of 95 programs) Daypart: Primetime Mon-Sun |publisher=''[[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] Medianet'' |date=2008-01-15 |url=http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=011508_03 |accessdate=2008-04-03}} The second season finale, "[[Cooter (30 Rock)|Cooter]]", which aired on May 8, 2008, was viewed by 5.6 million viewers.{{cite news |first=Stuart |last=Levine |title=ABC wins tight Thursday race |url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117985392.html?categoryid=14&cs=1&nid=2563 |publisher=''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]'' |date=2008-05-09 |accessdate=2008-05-09}} On December 29, 2006, [[Nielsen Media Research]] (NMR) reported the results of having, for the first time, monitored viewers who use a [[digital video recorder]] to record shows for later viewing. NMR reported that ''30 Rock'' adds nearly 7.5% to its total audience every week as a result of viewers who use a DVR to record the show and then watch it within a week of its initial airing.{{cite news |title=''Studio 60'' Gets Bump from DVRs |url=http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-studio60mosttimeshiftedshow,0,4559331.story?coll=zap-tv-mainheadline |publisher=''Zap2it'' |date=2006-12-29 |accessdate=2008-04-03}} RetrieveOctober d 14, 2007. A March 2007 report from ''MAGNA Global'', based on NMR data about viewership ranked by among adults 25–54, shows that as of the time of the report ''30 Rock'''s viewers have a median income of $65,000, high enough to place the show tied at 11th in affluence with several other shows. This is during a period where for the season ''30 Rock'' is tied at No. 85 in the 18–49 demographic.{{cite news |first=Kevin |last=Downey |title=In their TV tastes, the rich are different |url=http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman/publish/article_10573.asp |publisher=''Media Life Magazine'' |date=2007-03-05 |accessdate=2007-10-14}} During its second season, ''30 Rock'' ranked in fourth place, against all primetime programming, for television series' which are watched by viewers with income above $100,000.{{cite news |first=James |last=Hibberd |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=For the networks, season didn't rate; Chart: Show ratings by demo |url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i6e06ab8971554c64624b9b5f980db683?pn=4 |work= |publisher=''[[The Hollywood Reporter]]'' |date=2008-05-23 |accessdate=2008-06-24 }} Following Fey's popular impressions of Alaskan governor [[Sarah Palin]] on ''Saturday Night Live'', the third season premiere was seen by 8.5 million viewers, making it the highest viewed episode in the series.{{cite web |url= http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/01/arts/television/01arts-30ROCKSHINES_BRF.html?ref=television |title= ''30 Rock'' Shines on Thursday Night |accessdate=2008-11-02 |last= Toff |first= Benjamin |coauthors= |date= [[2008-10-31]] |work= |publisher= [[New York Times]]}} The premiere earned a 4.1 preliminary adults 18–49 rating, an increase of 21% from the second season premiere.{{cite news|url=http://www.thrfeed.com/2008/10/30-rock-returns.html|title='30 Rock' returns to series high|last=Hibberd|first=James|date=October 31, 2008|publisher=The Live Feed|accessdate=2008-11-01}} ====In other countries==== ''30 Rock'' also airs in other countries; ratings and rankings for some of these markets include: *[[Canada]]: The series premiered on the [[CTV Television Network|CTV]] network on October 10, 2006, a day before its premiere in the United States. The network aired the first four episodes of the series,{{cite news |url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117944181.html?cs=1&s=h&p=0 |title=Canucks on show patrol |accessdate=2007-12-23 |first=Elizabeth |last=Guider |coauthors=Kelly, Brendan |date=2006-05-25 |publisher=''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]''}} but dropped the show effective November 30, 2006 after a brief run during which it never entered the [[Bureau of Broadcast Measurement]] Nielsen top 30.{{cite news |url=http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=719b0999-5265-4342-bace-c83a7d26ef2a&k=87589 |title=The Fey whisperer: Oh, Tina! |accessdate=2007-12-23 |last=McKenzie |first=Rob |date=2006-11-30 |publisher=''[[National Post]]''}} CTV later re-added the show to its lineup on Sundays at 8:30pm, but moved the show to its secondary [[A-Channel]] system for the series' second season.{{cite web |url=http://www.atv.ca/victoria/tvshows_scrubs-30rock.aspx |title=''Scrubs'' and ''30 Rock'' |accessdate=2008-08-25 |publisher=[[A-Channel]]}} For the third season, the show moved to [[Citytv]] on Thursdays at 9:30pm.{{cite web |url=http://www.citytv.com/toronto/tvshows_30rock.aspx |title=Citytv Shows: 30 Rock |accessdate=2008-12-20|publisher=[[Citytv]]}} *[[United Kingdom]]: The first season premiered on October 11, 2007 on [[Five (channel)|Five]]. The premiere was watched by 700,000 viewers, which was 6% of all people watching television in the country at the time it was broadcast.{{cite news |first=Stephen |last=Brook |title=''Californication'' entices 1m viewers |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/oct/12/tvratings.television |publisher=''[[Media Guardian]]'' |date=2007-10-12 |accessdate=2008-02-27}} ''30 Rock'' originally aired at 10:45pm,{{cite news |first=Jane |last=Simon |title=''30 Rock''|url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainment/tv/todays-tv/2007/10/11/30-rock-89520-19933821/|publisher=''[[Daily Mirror]]'' |date=2007-10-11 |accessdate=2008-07-09}} but was moved to 11:05pm, airing back-to-back episodes.{{cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title=Pick Of The Day: ''30 Rock'' |url= |format=Newspaper |work= |publisher=''[[Metro (Associated Metro Limited)|Metro]]'' |location= |id= |pages= |page=29 |date=2008-01-31 |accessdate=2008-07-21 |language= |quote=Five's decision to start doubling up helpings of this US sitcom [...] |archiveurl= |archivedate= }} Season two was broadcast from February 20, 2009 at 9pm on [[Five USA]].{{cite web|title=Tube Talk Presents... The P.L.P.|publisher=[[Digital Spy]] |date=2009-01-22 |accessdate=2009-01-26 |url=http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/tubetalk/plp/}} Season 3 will be shown on UK digital TV station Comedy Central, starting on Monday 5 October 2009. *[[Germany]]: ZDFneo, a new digital channel from [[ZDF]], was launched on November 1, 2009, with the German-dubbed version of ''30 Rock'' as its flagship program. The series' free television debut that night on that channel registered a 0.0 rating, with less than 5000 viewers tuning in. [[TNT Serie]], a German version of the [[TNT (TV channel)|TNT]] channel, broadcasted the series to cable and pay satellite viewers since February 2009.[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i422dde68f61e91f2874acd139f32110c The Hollywood Reporter: "'30 Rock' scores zero rating in Germany", November 2, 2009.] =====Australian ratings===== *[[Australia]]: The first season premiered on December 4, 2007 on the [[Seven Network]] at 10:30, showing on Mondays and Wednesdays. After the summer season its timeslot was changed to Mondays only, showing at 11:30pm.{{cite web |url=http://www.theage.com.au/news/tv-reviews/30-rock/2008/07/18/1216163131731.html |title=''30 Rock'' — TV Reviews |accessdate=2008-07-29 |last=Cooke |first=Dewi |coauthors= |date=2008-07-21 |work= |publisher=''[[The Age]]''}} The first season completed its run on April 28, 2008, and the DVD was released two days later.{{cite web |url=http://www.theage.com.au/news/dvd-reviews/30-rock/2008/04/30/1209234936007.html |title=''30 Rock'' - DVD Reviews - Film - Entertainment |accessdate=2008-07-09 |author=Hawker, Philippa |date=2008-04-30 |publisher=''[[The Age]]''}} The second season premiered on June 9, 2008 at 11:30pm.{{cite web |url=http://www.theage.com.au/news/tv-reviews/30-rock/2008/06/06/1212259072314.html |title=''30 Rock'' - TV Reviews - TV & Radio - Entertainment |accessdate=2008-07-09 |author=Pfarr, Jodie |date=2008-06-09 |publisher=''[[The Age]]''}} The third season began airing on February 2, returning at 11:30 on Mondays. {| class="wikitable sortable" |- ! # Series ! # Episode ! Episode ! AU Air Date ! Timeslot ! Viewers http://www.tvtonight.com.au/category/ratings |- |-bgcolor=#efefef | style="text-align:center" | Season 3 | | | | | |- | style="text-align:center" | 37 | style="text-align:center" | 1 | style="text-align:center" | "Do-Over" | style="text-align:center" | 2 February 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:30 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 281,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/02/week-7-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 38 | style="text-align:center" | 2 | style="text-align:center" | "[[Believe in the Stars]]" http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/02/scheduling-update.html | style="text-align:center" | 16 February 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 306,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/02/week-8-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 39 | style="text-align:center" | 3 | style="text-align:center" | "The One with the Cast of ''Night Court''" | style="text-align:center" | 23 February 2009 | style="text-align:center" rowspan="1"| 11:30 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 228,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/02/week-9-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 40 | style="text-align:center" | 4 | style="text-align:center" | "Gavin Volure" | style="text-align:center" | 2 March 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 273,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/03/week-10.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 41 | style="text-align:center" | 5 | style="text-align:center" | "Reunion" | style="text-align:center" | 9 March 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 292,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/03/week-11.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 42 | style="text-align:center" | 6 | style="text-align:center" | "Christmas Special" | style="text-align:center" | 16 March 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 230,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/03/week-12-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 43 | style="text-align:center" | 7 | style="text-align:center" | "Señor Macho Solo" | style="text-align:center" | 23 March 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 296,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/03/week-13-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 44 | style="text-align:center" | 8 | style="text-align:center" | "Flu Shot" | style="text-align:center" | 30 March 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 245,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/03/week-14-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 45 | style="text-align:center" | 9 | style="text-align:center" | "[[Retreat to Move Forward]]" | style="text-align:center" | 6 April 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:40 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 233,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/04/week-15-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 46 | style="text-align:center" | 10 | style="text-align:center" | "[[Generalissimo]]" | style="text-align:center" | 13 April 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:40 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 265,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/04/week-16-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 47 | style="text-align:center" | 11 | style="text-align:center" | "St. Valentine's Day" | style="text-align:center" | 20 April 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 294,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/04/week-17-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 48 | style="text-align:center" | 12 | style="text-align:center" | "Larry King" | style="text-align:center" | 27 April 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 267,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/04/week-18-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 49 | style="text-align:center" | 13 | style="text-align:center" | "Goodbye, My Friend" | style="text-align:center" | 4 May 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 282,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/05/week-19-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 50 | style="text-align:center" | 14 | style="text-align:center" | "The Funcooker" | style="text-align:center" | 18 May 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:25 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 200,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/05/week-21-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 51 | style="text-align:center" | 15 | style="text-align:center" | "[[The Bubble]]" | style="text-align:center" | 25 May 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:45 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 205,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/05/week-22.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 52 | style="text-align:center" | 16 | style="text-align:center" | "[[Apollo, Apollo]]" | style="text-align:center" | 1 June 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:30 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 180,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/06/week-23-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 53 | style="text-align:center" | 17 | style="text-align:center" | "Cutbacks" | style="text-align:center" | 8 June 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:25 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 196,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/06/week-24-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 54 | style="text-align:center" | 18 | style="text-align:center" | "[[Jackie Jormp-Jomp]]" | style="text-align:center" | 15 June 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:30 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 224,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/06/week-25-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 55 | style="text-align:center" | 19 | style="text-align:center" | "[[The Ones (30 Rock)|The Ones]]" | style="text-align:center" | 22 June 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:20 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 248,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/06/week-26-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 56 | style="text-align:center" | 20 | style="text-align:center" | "[[The Natural Order]]" | style="text-align:center" | 29 June 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:35 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 194,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/06/week-27-2.html |- | style="text-align:center" | 57 | style="text-align:center" | 21 | style="text-align:center" | "Mamma Mia" | style="text-align:center" | 6 July 2009 | style="text-align:center" | 11:30 P.M. | style="text-align:center" | 186,000http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/07/week-28-2.html |} ===Similarities to other media=== Two shows debuting on [[2006-07 United States network television schedule|2006–07 NBC lineup]], ''30 Rock'' and ''[[Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip]]'', revolved around the off-camera happenings on a sketch comedy series. Similarities between the two led to speculation that only one of them would be picked up. Baldwin said "I'd be stunned if NBC picked up both shows. And ours has the tougher task, as a comedy, because if it's not funny, that's it."{{cite web |url=http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/04/24/060424ta_talk_friend |title=Who's on First Dept: Shows about Shows |accessdate=2008-08-01 |author=Friend, Tad |date=2006-04-24|publisher=''[[The New Yorker]]''}} [[Kevin Reilly]], then president of NBC Entertainment, was supportive of Fey, describing the situation as a "high-class problem": {{cquote|I just can't imagine the audience would look at both shows, choose one and cancel the other out. In some ways, why is it any different than when there have been three or four cop shows on any schedule, or ''Scrubs'' and ''[[ER (TV series)|ER]]'', which are totally very different?{{cite web |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/06/arts/television/06fey.html?ei=5088&en=7f7d8807a835ac72&ex=1301976000&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&pagewanted=print |title=Tina Fey's Brash Bid for Prime Time |accessdate=2008-08-03 |author=Steinbery, Jacques |date=2006-04-06 |publisher=''[[The New York Times]]''}}}} Evidence of the overlapping subject matter between the shows, as well as the conflict between them, arose when [[Aaron Sorkin]], the creator of ''Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'', asked [[Lorne Michaels]] to allow him to observe ''Saturday Night Live'' for a week, a request Michaels denied. Despite this, Sorkin sent Fey flowers after NBC announced it would pick up both series, and wished her luck with ''30 Rock''.{{cite web |url=http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/archives/105252.asp |title="Tina Fey's Weekend Update: Aaron Sorkin calls her out!" |accessdate=2008-07-31 |author=McFarland, Melanie |date=2006-07-22|publisher=''[[Seattle Post-Intelligencer]]''}} Fey said that "it's just bad luck for me that in my first attempt at prime time I'm going up against the most powerful writer on television. I was joking that this would be the best pilot ever aired on [[Trio (TV network)|Trio]]. And then Trio got canceled." Fey wound up "beating" Sorkin when ''Studio 60'' was canceled after one season and ''30 Rock'' was renewed for a second. Though ''30 Rock'''s first-season ratings proved lackluster and were lower than those of ''Studio 60'', ''Studio 60'' was more expensive to produce.{{cite web |url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/05012007/tv/studio_sinks__not_30_rock_tv_michael_starr.htm |title=''Studio'' Sinks, Not ''30 Rock'' |accessdate=2008-08-04 |author=Starr, Michael |date=2007-05-01 |publisher=''[[New York Post]]''}} One early promo for ''30 Rock'' portrayed Alec Baldwin mistakenly thinking he would meet Sorkin,{{cite video |people=[[Tina Fey]]; [[Alec Baldwin]] |title=30 Rock Series Premiere Promo |url=http://30rockfan.org/media/videos/spot2.wmv |format=[[Windows Media Video|WMV]] |medium=Promo |publisher=[[NBC]] |accessdate=2008-04-02}} and when asked on her "Ask Tina" space what she thought of the criticism that ''30 Rock'' received, Fey jokingly replied that people who did not like it were probably confusing it with ''Studio 60''.{{cite video |people=[[Tina Fey]] |title=Ask Tina - 12/14/06 |url=http://www.nbc.com/30_Rock/video/#mea=51031 |format=Stream |publisher=''[[NBC]]'' |location=[[New York City, New York]] |accessdate=2008-04-02}} However, none of ''30 Rocks'' producers have given ''Studio 60'' any serious criticism, positive or negative. In a November 1, 2006 interview, Fey said she had seen the first two episodes of ''Studio 60''. When asked what her impressions were, she jokingly replied, "I can't do [[impressionist (entertainment)|impressions]] of [[Bradley Whitford]] and [[Matthew Perry (actor)|Matthew Perry]]."{{cite news |url=http://www.avclub.com/content/node/54729 |title=Interviews: Tina Fey |accessdate=2007-12-23 |last=Murray |first=Noel |date=2006-11-01 |publisher=[[The A.V. Club]]}} At least three ''30 Rock'' episodes have briefly parodied ''Studio 60'': *"[[Jack the Writer]]" contains a self-referencing [[walk and talk]] sequence, such sequences being commonly used on ''Studio 60'' and Aaron Sorkin's previous shows.{{cite web |url=http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TV-Show-Blog/30-Rock/November-1-2006/700010940 |title=November 1, 2006: "Nuts to You, McGullicuty!" |accessdate=2008-08-09 |last=Webb Mitovich |first=Matt |coauthors= |date=2006-11-02 |publisher=''[[TV Guide]]''}} *"Jack-tor" - Liz tries to quote global education statistics, only to mess up and realize that she does not know what she is talking about.{{cite news |url=http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/746/746564p1.html |title=30 Rock: "Jack-Tor" Review |accessdate=2007-12-23 |last=Canning |first=Robert |date=2006-11-17 |publisher=[[IGN]]}} *"Jack Meets Dennis" - Liz says the upcoming show will be "worse than that time we did that Gilbert and Sullivan parody". The second episode of ''Studio 60'', "The Cold Open," included a parody of the "[[Major-General's Song]]" on the show-within-the-show. Some critics{{Specify|date=July 2009}} have compared ''30 Rock'' to ''[[The Mary Tyler Moore Show]]'', with parallels drawn between the relationship of Liz and Jack and that of [[Mary Richards]] and [[Lou Grant (fictional character)|Lou Grant]].{{cite news |url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20033306,00.html |title=There's 'Moore' to '30 Rock' Than Meets the Eye |accessdate=2007-12-23 |date=2007-04-02 |publisher=[[Entertainment Weekly]]}}{{cite web |url=http://nwitimes.com/articles/2007/01/19/entertainment/entertainment/371a8d51218c1834862572660075efb8.txt |title=Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin help make '30 Rock' funny |accessdate=2007-12-23 |last=Moore |first=Frazier |date=2007-01-19 |publisher=[[NWI]]}} It has also been compared to ''[[That Girl]]''.{{cite web |url=http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100/article/0,28804,1595326_1595332,00.html |title=Tina Fey |accessdate=2007-12-23 |last=Poniewozik |first=James |publisher=''[[Time Magazine]]''}}{{cite web |url=http://www.mediavillage.com/jmentr/2006/10/11/jmer-10-11-06/ |title=30 Rock Brings New Energy to Television Comedy |accessdate=2007-12-23 |last=Martin |first=Ed |date=2006-10-11 |publisher=[[Media Village]]}} Like ''That Girl'' and ''Mary Tyler Moore'', ''30 Rock'' is a sitcom centering on an unmarried, brunette career woman living in a big city where she works in the television industry. ==Internet and DVD== ===Episode downloads and online streaming=== Weekly installments of ''30 Rock'' are available to download for a per-episode fee, to U.S. residents only, via the "NBC Direct" service, [[Amazon Unbox]] and Apple's [[iTunes Store]]. In addition to paid downloads, the first three seasons can be [[Streaming media|streamed]] on [[Netflix]], but this requires a paid subscription.{{cite news |title=Netflix and NBC Universal Announce Online Deal For ''Heroes'' and Other Popular Series |url=http://www.netflix.com/MediaCenter?id=6429 |publisher=''[[Netflix]]'' |date=2007-11-26 |accessdate=2008-04-03}} Both [[NBC.com]] and [[Hulu.com]] stream episodes for free, but only the five most current installments are available for viewing.http://www.nbc.com/30_Rock/ NBC.com: ''30 Rock''http://www.hulu.com/30-rock Hulu.com: ''30 Rock'' ===DVD releases=== {| class="wikitable" !DVD name!![[Region 1]] {{nowrap|Release date}}!!Ep #!!Additional information |- |''30 Rock'': Season One || rowspan="3" | September 4, 2007 ||align="center" | 21 ||rowspan="3" | The entire first season of ''30 Rock'' was released as a widescreen three-disc Region 1 [[DVD]] box set in the [[USA]] on September 4, 2007, a month before the premiere of the second season. It was distributed by [[NBC Universal]]. Featuring all the episodes that had aired, it also contains several extra DVD features, including episode commentaries, outtakes and deleted scenes.{{cite news |first=David |last=Lambert |title=Studio Decides to Sell both Season Set DVDs, and Split-Season Version |url=http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/30-Rock/7593 |publisher=''[[TVShowsOnDVD.com]]'' |date=2007-07-03 |accessdate=2008-04-03}}{{cite web |url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/30-Rock-Season-Vol-REGION/dp/B000SUKPPC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1207186237&sr=1-3 |title=''30 Rock'': Season 1, Vol. 1 (Region 1) (NTSC) |accessdate=2008-04-03 |publisher=''[[Amazon.co.uk]]''}}{{cite web |url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/30-Rock-Season-Vol-REGION/dp/B000SUKPQ6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1207186007&sr=1-4 |title=''30 Rock'': Season 1, Vol. 2 (Region 1) (NTSC) |accessdate=2008-04-03 |publisher=''[[Amazon.co.uk]]''}} The season one box set was released on March 17, 2008 in Regions 2, 4 and 5 format, but not as separate volumes and without special features.{{cite web |url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/30-Rock-Complete-Alec-Baldwin/dp/B000YHMTHG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1207185667&sr=1-1 |title=''30 Rock'' - Series 1 - Complete [2006] |accessdate=2008-04-03 |publisher=Amazon.co.uk}}

References

  1. http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b79347_30_rock_office_get_early_pickups.html
  2. 30 Rock Exclusive Video Clips – NBC Official Site
  3. Salma Hayek Will Rock Jack Donaghy's World" TV Guide. October 10, 2008. Retrieved on October 10, 2008.


External links



30 Rock: Season One — Volume One 14
30 Rock: Season One — Volume Two 7
30 Rock: Season Two October 7, 2008 15 The entire second season of 30 Rock was released as a widescreen two-disc DVD box set in the USA on October 7, 2008. Featuring all the episodes that had aired, it also includes several extra DVD features including episode commentaries, outtakes, deleted scenes, the table read for the episode "Cooter," 30 Rock Live at the UCB Theatre, a behind-the-scenes look at an episode of Saturday Night Live which was hosted by Tina Fey, and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Presents: An Evening With 30 Rock.

The region 4 DVD set was released as a three-disc edition on January 8, 2009 and, unlike the previous season release, featured all special features.

The region 2 DVD set was released on May 25, 2009 and includes special features.

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