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"30 Rock" Picked Up for Full Season

Christmas came early for the top-notch new NBC comedy "30 Rock." In order of increasing importance, the following events recently occurred:

1. The show's on iTunes. The Internet-addicted and Tivo-intolerant can now purchase the (so far six) episodes for $1.99 each. Note to savvy consumers: other shows offer season subscriptions at a reduced price, and now that the show's been picked up, that will likely become available. Thus, a waiting period before purchase is considered prudent.

2. The show moved to Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., following a good match, "Scrubs," as part of a surprising new attempt by NBC to be worth watching. It's great to see the peacock attempting to change its motto, which for the past two years has been "Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?"

3. As you know if you've read this far, the Network of Blithering Cretins has surprisingly made a smart move, ordering a full 22 episodes of "30 Rock." Speculation abounds as to the reason the normally cold-hearted near-sighted network approved an actualy funny show with no doctors in it, and is in general sticking with its decisions for a full year if anywhere near warranted (axing "20 Good Years" was merely a correction of incredibly bad judgment in putting it on the air in the first place). Even if the network's reasoning didn't involve pleasing viewers so much as selling GE ovens, who cares? The show is on!

4. The show is officially funny. Jon Stewart said so. So even if you didn't believe your friendly neighborhood two-letter-name blogger, you now have official comedy-expert approval to laugh at "30 Rock." When Tina Fey appeared on "The Daily Show" last week, Jon Stewart said of the show, and I quote, "It's really, really funny." (That episode of "The Daily Show," like others, is also available on iTunes. That show's one of the things I recommend buying on iTunes: the $9.99/16 episode subscription price is almost reasonable. No, I don't work for Apple.) On a related note, Tina Fey was also interviewed by "The Onion," which is second only to "The Daily Show" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" in fake-news value. (You say that would make it third, not second? You're wrong. It's tied with "The Colbert Report.")

This is all excellent news for the show and for all TV viewers with a sense of humor.

There is one "Points Against" item to report. Tracy Morgan, the actor who plays Tracy Jordan in "30 Rock," made the fictional drunk driving in the pilot even less funny by getting arrested for drunk driving this week. He was evidently convicted of misdemeanor DUI in California early in 2006 as well. I have no comment other than a deep sigh.

Posted by on December 1, 2006 8:43 PM
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I'm happy to see this show got picked up for a full run -- it's hit a great stride over the last few episodes. Beyond that, Alec Baldwin deserves an Emmy; the guy cracks me up every single week. -- mac

-- Posted by: mac at December 5, 2006 11:20 AM

It has quickly become one of my favorite shows on TV. The dialogue is extremely witty, and the actors are brilliant. This show makes me laugh out loud – from start to finish of each episode. I am so glad it has been picked up for a full 22 episodes and hoping for many seasons to come.

-- Posted by: It's Me! at February 13, 2007 7:44 PM

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