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30 Rock From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For the skyscraper located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, see GE Building. 30 Rock 30 Rock title card. Genre Situation comedy Created by Tina Fey Starring Tina Fey Alec Baldwin Tracy Morgan Jane Krakowski Jack McBrayer Scott Adsit Judah Friedlander Katrina Bowden (season 2–; recurring previously) Keith Powell (season 2–; recurring previously) Lonny Ross (season 2; recurring previously) Kevin Brown (season 3–; recurring previously) Grizz Chapman (season 3–; recurring previously) Maulik Pancholy (season 3–; recurring previously) Composer(s) Jeff Richmond Country of origin United States Language(s) English No. of seasons 3 No. of episodes 48 (List of episodes) Production Executive producer(s) Lorne Michaels Tina Fey Marci Klein David Miner Robert Carlock Producer(s) Alec Baldwin Jerry Kupfer Don Scardino Editor(s) Ken Eluto, A.C.E. Location(s) New York City Camera setup Single camera Running time approx. 23 min. Broadcast Original channel NBC Picture format HDTV 1080i Original run October 11, 2006 – present External links Official website Production website IMDb profile TV.com summary 30 Rock is an American television comedy series created by Tina Fey that currently 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 GE Building where NBC Studios is located and which has the address "30 Rockefeller Plaza". The series has an ensemble cast that currently consists of 10 regular cast members, including Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander and Alec Baldwin. The pilot episode first aired Oct. 11, 2006, and the first season comprised 21 episodes. The second season, which premiered Oct. 4, 2007, was originally intended to contain 22 episodes, but was abbreviated to 15 episodes because of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. A third season, which is expected to contain 22 episodes, premiered October 30, 2008. The series is produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc., in association with NBC Universal. The current executive producers are Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Marci Klein, David Miner and Robert Carlock. 30 Rock is produced in a single camera setup and is primarily filmed at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Queens, New York, with some scenes filmed on location at Rockefeller Center. 30 Rock has been a critical success, winning several major awards including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series both in 2007 and 2008, the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Series, the Producers Guild of America Award for Producer of the Year in Episodic Comedy Series, and a Peabody Award, as well as achieving the top ranking on myriad critics' year-end best of 2006 and 2007 lists. 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. On January 15, 2009, NBC renewed 30 Rock for the 2009–2010 season. Contents [hide] 1 Production 1.1 Conception 1.2 Filming locations 1.3 Music 1.4 Internet 1.5 Title Sequence 2 Cast and characters 2.1 Casting 2.2 Notable guest stars 2.2.1 Appearing as characters 2.2.2 Appearing as themselves 3 Season synopses 3.1 Season 1 3.2 Season 2 3.3 Season 3 4
Impact 4.1 Critical reception 4.2 Awards and nominations 4.3 Ratings 4.3.1 Australian ratings 4.4 Similarities to other media 5 DVD releases 6 References 7 External links  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 show 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 locations 30 Rock is filmed in New York City. Although establishing shots of 30 Rock are often repeated, outdoor scenes are filmed on location at Rockefeller Center or in other parts of New York City. Most of the indoor scenes are filmed at Silvercup Studios in Queens. In the episodes "Cleveland" and "Hiatus," Battery Park City, Manhattan, and Douglaston, Queens, doubled for Cleveland, Ohio, and Needmore, Pennsylvania, respectively. In the episode "Gavin Volure," stock footage of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion was used for exterior shots of the home of Steve Martin's character.  Music "Quarter to Midnight Train to Georgia" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Problems listening to this file? See media help. The series features a "jaunty" jazz soundtrack. 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.  Internet 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. Complete episodes of 30 Rock are available online, to U.S. residents only, along with downloads through the "NBC Direct" service and as of September 9th, 2008 once again on Apple's iTunes after Apple and NBC came to a deal to re-offer NBC shows on iTunes. NBC's shows were originally pulled from iTunes during December 2007 due to pricing disputes.The first and second seasons can be streamed on Netflix, which requires a paid subscription, and can also be purchased on Amazon Unbox for $1.99 per episode.  Title Sequence The title sequence is made up of photos and video of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and features Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander and Alec Baldwin. 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, however there has been some small changes from season to season. Mainly the video of each actor has changed over time.  Cast and characters From left: Tracy (Morgan), Jack (Baldwin), Liz (Fey), Jenna (Krakowski) and Kenneth (McBrayer)See also: List of recurring characters on 30 Rock The plot of 30 Rock revolves around the cast and crew of the fictional sketch comedy series TGS with Tracy Jordan, which is filmed in Studio 6H inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The cast of the series is an ensemble cast. The initial season had seven roles receiving star billing. Tina Fey portrayed the protagonist, the head writer of TGS with Tracy Jordan, Liz Lemon. Tracy Morgan played the loose cannon star of TGS, Tracy Jordan. Jane Krakowski acted as the limelight-seeking Jenna Maroney. Jack McBrayer portrayed the young, obedient Southern-born NBC page, Kenneth Parcell. Scott Adsit played the "sane," quick witted producer of TGS, Pete Hornberger. Judah Friedlander acted as the trucker hat-wearing childish, sarcastic writer Frank Rossitano, and Alec Baldwin portrayed the decisive, controlling, suave network executive Jack Donaghy, who constantly interferes with the goings on at TGS. Beginning with season two, three characters, who were credited as guest stars during season one, received star billing in addition to the existing cast. Katrina Bowden portrayed Liz's attractive, laid back assistant Cerie Xerox. Keith Powell played black Harvard alumnus writer James "Toofer" Spurlock. Lonny Ross acted as the immature TGS cast member Josh Girard. Beginning with season three, three characters who were guest stars in the first two seasons received star billing. They include Maulik Pancholy as Jack's loyal assistant Jonathan. Grizz Chapman and Kevin Brown as Tracy's entourage Grizz and Dot Com, respectively. Additionally, Lonny Ross no longer received star billing.  Casting Frank (Friedlander), Pete (Adsit), "Toofer" (Powell) and Jenna (Krakowski) look as Liz (Fey) is wearing a wedding dress.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 was an old friend of Fey, 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 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.  Notable guest stars  Appearing as characters Fred Armisen as Raheem Haddad ("Somebody to Love") Jennifer Aniston as Claire Harper ("The One with the Cast of Night Court") Will Arnett as Devon Banks ("Fireworks", "Jack Gets in the Game", "Succession", "Do-Over") Wayne Brady as Steven Black ("The Source Awards") Matthew Broderick as James Riley, also known as Cooter Burger ("Cooter") Steve Buscemi as Lem ("The Collection") Tim Conway as Bucky Bright ("Subway Hero") LL Cool J as Ridikolous ("The Source Awards") Rachel Dratch as various characters ("Pilot", "The Aftermath", "Jack Meets Dennis", "Tracy Does Conan", "The Break Up", "The Baby Show", "The Rural Juror", "Up All Night", "The C Word", "Hard Ball", "Hiatus") Edie Falco as Congresswoman Celeste "C.C." Cunningham (D-VT) ("Somebody to Love", "Secrets and Lies", "Episode 210", "Cooter") Carrie Fisher as Rosemary Howard ("Rosemary's Baby") Will Forte as Tomas ("Black Tie") Sean Hayes as Jesse Parcell ("Hiatus") Peter Hermann as Gray ("The Head and the Hair") Anita Gillette as Margaret Lemon ("Ludachristmas") Jon Hamm as Dr. Drew Baird ("Generalissimo", "St. Valentine's Day") Salma Hayek as Elisa ("Senor Macho Solo", "Flu-Shot", "Generalissimo", "St. Valentine's Day", "Larry King") Buck Henry as Dick Lemon ("Ludachristmas") Nathan
Lane as Eddie Donaghy ("The Fighting Irish") Stephanie March as Gretchen Thomas ("Blind Date") Steve Martin as Gavin Volure ("Gavin Volure") Janel Moloney as Jessica Speyer ("Reunion") Emily Mortimer as Phoebe ("Corporate Crush", "Cleveland", "Hiatus") Megan Mullally as Bev ("Do-Over") Chris Parnell as Dr. Leo Spaceman ("Tracy Does Conan", "The Baby Show", "The Rural Juror", "Fireworks", "Hiatus", "Jack Gets In The Game", "Succession", "Flu Shot", "Retreat To Move Forward") Paul Reubens as Gerhardt Habsburg ("Black Tie") Andy Richter as Mitch Lemon ("Ludachristmas") Isabella Rossellini as Bianca ("Black Tie", "Up All Night") Molly Shannon as Katherine Catherine Donaghy ("The Fighting Irish") David Schwimmer as Jared a.k.a. Greenzo ("Greenzo") Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy ("Hiatus", "Ludachristmas", "Christmas Special") Sherri Shepherd as Angie Jordan ("Up All Night", "Jack Gets in the Game", "The Collection") Jason Sudeikis as Floyd ("Up All Night", "The Source Awards", "The Fighting Irish", "Fireworks", "Corporate Crush", "Cleveland", "Hiatus", "Sandwich Day") Rip Torn as Don Geiss ("The C Word", "Corporate Crush", "Jack Gets in the Game", "Succession", "Sandwich Day", "Reunion") Kristen Wiig as Candace Van Der Shark ("Somebody to Love") Dean Winters as Dennis Duffy ("Jack Meets Dennis", "Tracy Does Conan", "The Break Up", "Subway Hero", "Cooter") Brian Dennehy as Mickey ("Sandwich Day")  Appearing as themselves Harry Anderson ("The One With The Cast Of Night Court") New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ("Subway Hero") Tucker Carlson ("Hard Ball") James Carville ("Secrets & Lies") Ghostface Killah ("Jack-Tor", "The Source Awards") Whoopi Goldberg ("The Rural Juror") Al Gore ("Greenzo") Chris Hansen ("The Break-Up") Lester Holt ("Cleveland") Rob Huebel ("MILF Island") Larry King ("Larry King") Gladys Knight ("Episode 210") Matt Lauer ("Generalissimo") Chris Matthews ("Hard Ball") John McEnroe ("The Head and the Hair", "Gavin Volure") Conan O'Brien ("Tracy Does Conan") Markie Post ("The One With The Cast Of Night Court") Maury Povich ("Fireworks") Charles Robinson ("The One With The Cast Of Night Court") Jerry Seinfeld ("SeinfeldVision") Meredith Vieira ("Greenzo", "Larry King") Oprah Winfrey ("Believe in the Stars")  Season synopses See also: List of 30 Rock episodes  Season 1 Main article: 30 Rock (Season 1) Dennis Duffy (Winters, left) and Liz Lemon (Fey, right) were in a relationship in the middle of the first season.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 Main article: 30 Rock (Season 2) Devon Banks' (Arnett, left) and Jack Donaghy's (Baldwin, right) aspirations to run for the GE chairmanship become more evident during the second season.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 show Mystic Pizza: The Musical 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., but plans to get fired by proposing a "gay bomb."  Season 3 Main article: 30 Rock (season 3) 30 Rock returned with a third season as part of NBC's fall schedule, airing immediately after The Office. The season will consist of 22 episodes. In August 2008, Jennifer Aniston filmed her guest appearance on the show, marking the second actor from the NBC show Friends, following David Schwimmer, to make an appearance. Oprah Winfrey guest starred in the second episode, playing herself. Rose McGowan will also be making a guest appearance, and Salma Hayek has been confirmed for a multi-episode arc, portraying Jack's new girlfriend. Other guest stars this season include Megan Mullally and Steve Martin. It is also been confirmed that Jon Hamm will play Liz's love interest and neighbor for at least 3 episodes. The season 3 premiere became available online on October 23 2008. According to Nielsen, the premiere of the third season garnered 8.5 million viewers, becoming the highest viewed episode in the series.  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." Some less favorable reviews were received from Brian Lowry of 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." 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 or provide the surprisingly perceptive character studies of The Office." 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. The season premiere of the second season, "SeinfeldVision," which featured Jerry Seinfeld, received mostly positive reviews. Jeff Labrecque of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "SeinfeldVision was a clever and ironic way to incorporate [Jerry] Seinfeld." 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. Lisa Schmeiser of Television Without Pity graded this episode as a "B+." 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." Days before the premiere of 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 metahumor. At the end of 2006, LA Weekly listed 30 Rock as one of the best "Series of the Year."[dead link] The show also appeared on similar year end "best of" 2006 lists published by The New York Times, The A.V. Club, The Boston Globe, 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, Scrubs, and 30 Rock—is consistently the best night of prime time viewing for any network." In 2007, it appeared on The Boston Globe's "best of" list as well as the "best of" lists of The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, New Jersey 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 article: 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." Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series categories respectively. "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 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical in 2007. Baldwin also received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2007. The show also received various other guild award nominations during its first season. In 2008, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin both won Screen Actors Guild Awards. The series took home the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Series in 2008. It also received the The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Series - Comedy from the Producers Guild of America in 2008. 30 Rock received 17 Emmy nominations, for its second season, meaning it was the second most nominated series of the year. 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. 30 Rock also won the Television Critics Association Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Comedy." 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. 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 Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy, Alec Baldwin won Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy, and Tina Fey won Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy. 30 Rock received a Peabody Award in 2008. 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 network that airs it."  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. Season Regular timeslot (Eastern Standard Time) Season premiere Season finale Television season Rank Viewers (in millions) 1 Wednesday 8:00 P.M. (October 11, 2006–November 1, 2006) Thursday 9:30 P.M. (November 16, 2006–March 8, 2007) Thursday 9:00 P.M. (April 5, 2007–April 26, 2007) October 11, 2006 April 26, 2007 2006–2007 #102 5.8 2 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) October 4, 2007 May 8, 2008 2007–2008 #94 6.4 3 Thursday 9:30 P.M. (October 30, 2008 - TBA) October 30, 2008 TBA 2008–2009 #64 7.64 The pilot episode generated 8.13 million viewers, 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 EST, the show averaged 6.23 million viewers. 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. The season two premiere, "SeinfeldVision," was viewed by 7.33 million viewers, the highest rating since the pilot. 30 Rock entered a hiatus due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike on January 10, 2008. The episode that aired on that date was viewed by 5.98 million viewers. The second season finale, "Cooter", which aired on May 8, 2008, was viewed by 5.6 million viewers. 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. 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. 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. 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 and earned a 4.1 preliminary adults 18–49 rating, an increase of 21% from the second season premiere. 30 Rock also airs in other countries; ratings and rankings for some of these markets include: Canada: The series premiered on the 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, 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. 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. For the third season, the show moved to Citytv on Thursdays at 9:30pm. United Kingdom: The first season premiered on October 11, 2007 on 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. 30 Rock originally aired at 10:45pm, but was moved to 11:05pm, airing back-to-back episodes. Season two will begin on February 20, 2009 at 9pm on FiveUS. In preparation for this, the first season was repeated between December 21, 2008 and January 1, 2009 on Five.  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. The first season completed its run on April 28, 2008, and the DVD was released two days later. The second season premiered on June 9, 2008 at 11:30pm. The third season began airing on February 2, returning at 11:30 on Mondays. # Series # Episode Episode AU Air Date Timeslot Viewers  Season 3 37 1 "Do-Over" 2 February 2009 11:30 P.M. 281,000 38 2 "Believe in the Stars"  16 February 2009 11:20 P.M. 306,000 39 3 "The One with the Cast of Night Court"  23 February 2009 11:30 P.M.  Similarities to other media Two shows debuting on 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." Kevin Reilly, then president of NBC Entertainment, was supportive of Fey, describing the situation as a "high-class problem": “ 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, which are totally very different? ” 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. 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. And then Trio got canceled." Fey wound up "winning" over 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. 30 Rock's crew have reportedly made jokes about the similarity with Studio 60. One early promo for 30 Rock portrayed Alec Baldwin mistakenly thinking he would meet Sorkin, 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. However, none of 30 Rock's 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 impressions of Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry." 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. "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. "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 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. It has also been compared to That Girl. 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.  DVD releases DVD name Region 1 Release date Ep # Additional information 30 Rock: Season One September 4, 2007 21 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. 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. 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 8th January 2009 and, unlike the previous season release, featured all special features.  References ^ Belek, Cassie (2007-09-19). "Rock Solid Comedy Shines in First Season". The Observer. http://media.www.ndsmcobserver.com/media/storage/paper660/news/2007/09/19/Scene/Rock-Solid.Comedy.Shines.In.First.Season-2976690.shtml. Retrieved on 2008-08-03. ^ a b c d e f g NBC Universal Media Village. 30 Rock Thursdays on NBC (8:30–9 p.m. ET). Press release. http://nbcumv.com/entertainment/program_detail.nbc/30rock.html. 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