TV Show Info:
Writers: Tina Fey (creator) and Various Others
Cast: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Alec Baldwin
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Universal Studios
Original Air Dates: October 11, 2006-Ongoing
Season Air Dates: October 4, 2007-May 8, 2008
DVD Box Set Release Date: October 7, 2008
Online Availability: Amazon for $26.99
Episodes: All 15 episodes from Season Two
Tina Fey is a comedic genius. I can’t imagine what this show would be like if she wasn’t on it. Originally, Tina didn’t plan to be Liz Lemon, but NBC insisted. I can see why. She’s perfect for the part. They say, write what you know. Tina does just that when she writes every episode of 30 Rock. Some people may not know that she was inspired to write this based on her experiences as the first, female head writer of Saturday Night Live, a gig she only gave up because her schedule on SNL and her 30 Rock schedule overlap.
Let’s forget about what Tina Fey has done for SNL in the past month, with her Sarah Palin skits. Honestly, as a writer there, Fey made us see there was hope for a show that’d been on since before I was born. In the early years through the early 90s, SNL was all about laughs. Around the end of the 90s and into the 2000s, the show sort of fell apart. People were constantly saying, “oh this will be the end of SNL” and we believed it because it went through a period where it flat out sucked.
Tina was with the show during some of the dark years, but as head writer, she started bringing the stories back to the people. Those who’d given up on SNL started watching again and it’d be undeniably wrong to say Tina Fey had nothing to do with this. Tina has proven she can do just about anything she puts her mind to, so it isn’t farfetched to think she was a major force behind the show’s rejuvenation. Even today, she isn’t regularly working for SNL, but her Sarah Palin skits have seen the highest number of viewers for the show in years!
Tina Fey really has done it all. She was a Second City Troupe performer and writer at their famed Chicago location. She has written successfully in a variety of mediums, television (30 Rock, SNL), screenplays (Mean Girls) and she has worked as a performer/actress in movies, on television and in sketch comedy. She’s also a wife, mother, and overall likable person.
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