If you’re here with us amongst the living, you know that 30 Rock took its final bow on NBC Thursday night. Once upon a time, I had some crazy pie-in-the-sky dream of finding something original to write about it. Yeah, about that…
Best lines? Covered. Favorite episodes? Yep. Cameos? Minor characters? A ranking of Liz’s boyfriends? Yes, yes, and yes. The pop culture web community was all over this one like Tracy Jordan on a one-armed stripper.
But HoF cannot let this milestone pass without comment. So here is my own personal note of appreciation to the show that brought Liz Lemon, “Muffin Top” and the phrase, “Never go with a hippy to a second location” into my life. I owe it this much.
Thanks for everything, 30 Rock. But especially…
For filming in New York.
30 Rock was a show for, by, and about New York. Not fairtytale, Sex and the City New York. Real, weird, gross, callous, ugly, wonderful New York. And for we in the five boroughs, it was a good feeling to know that, on any given day, those pink signs might be posted around Rockefeller Center or Scott Adsit might be in front of you in line at Eataly.
For perfectly articulating my every hope for my future mate.
“I want someone who will be monogamous and nice to his mother. And I want someone who likes musicals, but knows to just shut his mouth when I’m watching Lost. And I want someone who thinks being really into cars is lame and strip clubs are gross. I want someone who will actually empty the dishwasher instead of just taking out forks as needed, like I do. I want someone with clean hands and feet and beefy forearms like a damn Disney prince. And I want him to genuinely like me, even when I’m old. And that’s what I want.” – Liz Lemon
For bringing Donald Glover into my life.
Without 30 Rock, I may never have seen Troy Barnes cry or gotten my white-girl-swag on to “Freaks and Geeks.”
For showing me that a little self-promotion never killed anyone.
Jenna’s relentless pursuit of relevance didn’t make her many friends; but frankly, friends aren’t really what she was looking for. Sure, she’s crass and shameless and selfish, but at least she’s honest about her priorities. Put in relief of Hollywood fakery and air kisses, Jenna’s steamrolling ambition is actually pretty refreshing.
For Liz and Jack’s friendship.
Shippers gotta ship, but Liz and Jack were just the ultimate BrOTP to me. (I just tracked the “Liz and Jack” Tumblr tag to find this gif, and had to frantically scroll through some Liz/Jack fic. I’m sorry, I just can’t. It’s too incestuous.) Their friendship brought depth to this cuckoo-bird, crazy-pants backstage farce, and reflected Alec’s IRL respect and love for Tina.
For paying Tracy Morgan to do 7 straight years of bizarro performance art.
What WAS the ratio of Morgan to Jordan in there? And also, who cares?
For the gift of Elizabeth Miervaldis “Liz” Lemon.
There’s a reason that even hot, non-socially awkward girls with a healthy relationship with food have been comparing themselves to Lemon since day one. Liz Lemon is me. Liz Lemon is you. Liz Lemon is all of us, and also better than all of us. She eats night cheese and sings about it. Oprah is her spiritual leader. She has an imaginary astronaut boyfriend named Mike Dexter. She once got parasites from eating sushi on Amtrak. She’s always hungry for terrible food and has bodily functions and finds sex kind of gross, actually. Without her, we’d have no Leslie Knopes or Hanna Horvaths. We needed Liz Lemon and now here she is in our cultural consciousness to approve our Saturday nights in and that second order of mozzarella sticks. Here’s to you, bb.
For proving that an obsession with TV isn’t a personal failing.
Tell my parents that all these hours of marathoning shows on Netflix Instant are just research for when I become head of a network.
Good night, sweet 30 Rock. You served us faithfully. You served us well. Thank you for making TV for people who love TV.
Well folks, with the SAG Awards airing last night, we are halfway through Awards Season, with only the BAFTAs remaining before the Super Bowl of Pop Culture, The Oscars!! While the majority of the winners were not unexpected, the SAG Awards still managed to have some fun, endearing and moving moments. Let’s reflect on them shall we?
Best Reaction to Winning (Movie Edition): Jennifer Lawrence
Look at our precious blueberry Jennifer Lawrence in that picture. First of all, she is there with Walking Pneumonia and she looks fabulous. And she was genuinely surprised at her win. This was the first head to head battle (or battle with no separate Comedy category) with the other presumed Best Actress Front Runner Jessica Chastain. The race for Best Actress is ridiculously close, especially if Chastain ends up taking the BAFTA. This speech could seal the deal for an Oscar win for Lawrence though. It’s adorable (She thanks “My Super Sweet 16” y’all!!) and gracious without coming off as fake or grating. Ahem. Anne Hathaway. I’ll get to you later.
Also, there has been much debate over whether or not JLaw’s dress ripped. Word is the dress had those sheer panels already, and they were supposed to show throughout the dress but she (wisely) chose to have the sheer panels hidden, and they only showed as she was making her way up the steps.
Best Reaction to Winning (Television Edition): The Cast of Downton Abbey
The ONE upset of the evening was in the Drama Ensemble category, with Downton beating out the likes of Homeland, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. Clearly, SAG voters are as obsessed with British Television as we are. Apparently this win happened right as something TERRIBLE happened on this week’s airing of Downton on PBS. I’m not saying what the terrible thing was. We respect spoilers here at HoF, as Sage will be discussing shortly. As someone said on twitter last night, that win does NOT make up for what happened, universe!!
Also how FOXY is Mrs. Hughes???? And this is the most precious picture ever, even with the amount of side/underboob Lady Mary was showing.
Worst Reaction to Winning (entire show edition): Anne Hathaway
Annie. We discussed this in our post on the Golden Globes. You KNOW you are winning. Work on your speeches. You just come off as disingenuous to me. Maybe it’s nerves? Whatever it is, you’re just trying too hard. You’re also rich, so there is no need for you to joke about “just being thrilled to have dental”. This is why people roll their eyes at you. Get yourself together before February 24th please. Watch tapes of Lawrence and Chastain’s past speeches. Also wear a better dress please, cause that one was fu to the ugly.
Well, my friends, it is that time of year again: Awards Season is upon us. The time of year when we celebrate the best of the best in film and television at the Golden Globes, The SAG Awards, The Critics Choice awards and the Super Bowl of Pop Culture, the Academy Awards.
It’s also the time of year when people with evolved tastes in television scream at their TVs and Computers in agony on a regular basis.
The SAG nominations came out this morning, and the Golden Globe nods come out tomorrow. So expect to hear a LOT of me screaming about my shows over the next few days.
It never ceases to amaze me at how while the SAG nominations tend to get the film side SO RIGHT, they get the television side (ESPECIALLY the comedies) SO WRONG. Are the Comedy ballots at the back of their books and they are just tired of really thinking about who should be nominated so they just check off all the usual suspects because they are lazy??? Do they know what the word “ensemble” means (here’s a hint: it DOESN’T mean just a really big cast)? More importantly, do they know what the word “COMEDY” means?? I really question whether or not they do.
I will also never cease to understand how they don’t have a category for supporting performances on the television side. How in the HELL can you lump in a supporting player like Christina Hendricks or Neil Patrick Harris with leading performances like Juliana Marguiles and Jim Parsons? The supporting actors, outside of the Modern Family cast or Dame Maggie Smith, don’t have a chance in HELL of being recognized.
Let’s take a look at the nominees, shall we?
Best Comedy Ensemble
The Big Bang Theory
I’m sorry…in what UNIVERSE is the really big cast…erm “ensemble” of Glee better than the ensembles of both Parks and Recreation and Community?? Are the SAG members merely sucking up to uber-producer Ryan Murphy because they all want jobs?? Glee lost its relevance and critical acclaim several seasons ago and is a SHADOW of its former self creatively. And this is coming from someone who thought Glee was BRILLIANT in its first season and a half or so. I don’t understand at all how it is still getting nominated for ACTING. Are they WATCHING the show? The acting is horrendous. And the cast does not work together as an ensemble. Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are barely on the show anymore. Most of the original cast has been downgraded to recurring status. Also tears/over emotive singing does NOT equal good acting.
Also SAG voters? The Sopranos (one of the most overrated shows in the history of TV IMO, but that’s another post) went off the air five years ago. Mayhaps it is time to move on from your infatuation with all things Edie Falco. Cause that is the only reason I can think of for your constant nominating of Nurse Jackie. I’m not even a massive fan of Girls, but even I can say that if you were going to nominate an edgy cable comedy, it should have been Girls over Nurse Jackie. I think some people are jealous of Lena Dunham being so successful at age 26.
The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy on television, so their nomination was a given. Modern Family, while some (me included, only cause I want other shows to get a chance) whine about it being overpraised, is the three-time Emmy champ and an excellent ensemble of comic actors. It’s the last hurrah for perennial winner 30 Rock and past winner The Office so I wasn’t surprised by those nominations. 30 Rock is having a pretty stellar final season and while it’s not at all what it used to be, the cast of The Office has always been a true ensemble, so I am fine with their nomination. But I can’t help but think/rage that the other two Thursday night NBC comedies, Community and Parks and Recreation are the ones who should be on the list.
ESPECIALLY Parks and Recreation. If you look up the word “ensemble” in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Leslie Knope and Company.