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The 30 Rock Book

Author : Mike Roe
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The hilarious true story of the making of the cult classic hit show 30 Rock It’s hard to remember a time when Tina Fey wasn’t a star, but back in the early 2000s, she was an SNL writer who was far from a household name. It’s even harder to remember when Fey’s sitcom 30 Rock was tanking, but it was—it premiered in the fall of 2006, and by November, the New York Times wrote that 30 Rock was “perilously close to a flop.” But despite all expectations (including those of some of the cast and crew), Tina Fey’s eccentric buddy comedy lasted 138 episodes, spanning seven seasons. It resurrected the career of Alec Baldwin, survived an extended absence by Tracy Morgan, and permeated the culture— its breakneck pacing, oddball characters, and extremely rich joke writing are deeply beloved by millions of fans. Through more than fifty original interviews with cast, crew, critics, and more, culture writer Mike Roe brings to life the history of the gloriously goofy show that became an all-time classic. The 30 Rock Book has everything in it, from tales of the amazing music still stuck in our heads, to the iconic bit characters that make the show, to all the love and drama of the backstage crew . . . and the creative failures and successes along the way. So grab your night cheese and muffin tops, cuddle up with your slanket against your Japanese body pillow, and settle in for the story of one of the funniest shows in television history.

Quicklet on 30 Rock Season 4

Author : Linda Przygodski
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ABOUT THE BOOK The fourth season of 30 Rock, the brainchild of award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, lives up to its reputation as a critical darling with a hardcore fan-base. 30 Rock, a three-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, returns with a 22-episode season continues to look behind the scenes of a Saturday Night Live-style comedy sketch show. Fey, an alum of SNL lives in New York, and the show is shot on location in Manhattan and at a studio in Long Island City. Fey first pitched the sitcom to NBC when she was the head writer for SNL in 2002. The original concept was in a cable-news setting, but she changed the focus to more familiar ground after discussions with the network. She remained as the head writer and a performer on the show until 30 Rock debuted in 2006. MEET THE AUTHOR Linda is a professional journalist with over 20 years of experience. Her first book, Hexes for Exes, was published in 2007 and is available everywhere fine books are sold! EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK The fourth season of 30 Rock follows two main story arcs as the latest season of The Girlie Show (TSG) with Tracy Jordan begins. It begins with the search and hiring of a new actor for the show, and delves into the personal life of head writer Liz Lemon and her search for what she wants in a man. As the season opens, executive Jack Donaghy is worried TGS is failing to connect with middle America, the people he calls real Americans. Jack feels his cast and crew have lost touch with their roots and have become too elite to know what flyover country finds funny. As usual, 30 Rock touches on major themes percolating in American society. At the time of its original prime time run in NBC (2009-10), the country was in a period of political upheaval. It was a year into the presidency of Barack Obama, and a serious backlash about taking back the country was forming in much of middle America. It was framed by the media and the right wing as the elite vs. real Americans. These themes are clearly indicated with 30 Rocks early storylines in the fourth season. Liz ventures out of her East Coast liberal cocoon in search of an actor who will satisfy Jacks desire for a new actor. CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on 30 Rock Season 4 + About 30 Rock + About the Creator + Overall Summary + 30 Rock Season 4 Episode Guide + ...and much more 30 Rock Season 4

Mental Floss The Curious Viewer Ultimate TV Trivia Quiz Book

Author : Mental Floss
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Impress your friends, family, and coworkers with fascinating facts about favorite TV shows and test your own TV trivia knowledge with dozens of challenging and entertaining quizzes. Did you know... Succession relies on “wealth consultants” to ensure authenticity on how the richest of the rich live? A fan of The Office, after recalling the episode where Steve Carell’s character arranges a (disastrous) CPR training session, successfully performed CPR on an unconscious stranger? Fraggle Rock was the first American TV series broadcast in Russia? Learn the stories behind these obscure TV tidbits and much more! With fun trivia, challenging quizzes, and log pages for your own lists, Mental Floss: The Curious Viewer Ultimate Quiz and Trivia Book will become as indispensable for your next binge-watch as your remote control. DOZENS OF FUN AND CHALLENGING QUIZZES: Test your TV knowledge with quizzes like "Two Degrees Of" your favorite celebrities, and "Match the Quote to the Simpsons Character" TRIVIA ABOUT MORE THAN 100 TV SHOWS: Get the inside scoop, fascinating facts, and mind-boggling trivia on the greatest shows from the past 20 years, from serious dramas such as Law and Order to seriously funny comedies like Ted Lasso MAKE IT YOUR OWN: Dozens of pages with fill-in lists, such as "Shows I Want to Binge" and "My Favorite TV Quotes" to "Shows I Started but Never Finished" and "My Favorite Shows of All Time"

Quicklet on 30 Rock Season Three

Author : Davanna Cimino
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ABOUT THE BOOK If Tina Fey is the mother of 30 Rock, Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live, is the shows father. In Feys eighth season at SNL, Michaels prodded her to do a development deal for a sitcom. Tina consequently brainstormed the narrative of a television producer who works for the show of a right-wing pontificator, a role Fey had already written for Alec Baldwin. Kevin Reilly, NBC president of Primetime Development, sent Tina back to the drawing board with the suggestion that she incorporate elements of her own life into her show. Tina then created a story of a late-night comedy show, in which she would play the head writer, Tracy Morgan would play the role of the star, and Alec Baldwin, naturally, as the boss. MEET THE AUTHOR Davanna has a life-long love of literature. She is a copy editor and copywriter, writes fiction and poetry, and has a law degree. She lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She has three sons, and a Brittany named Jubal. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK If there is onemaybe twooverarching, profound themes to the apparently absurdist plotlines of the episodes of the third season of 30 Rock, one would be hard-pressed to find them. But lets give it a try, since after all, there must be some kind of glue which holds together this comedic cauldron of seething jealousy (Jenna, of everyone), control freak-exertion (Jack, over Tina, and Tinas futile efforts over Tracy and Jenna), and sexual tension. No one in the cast seems to be attracted to anyone else, since that would be incestuous. But cast members do become extremely attracted to outsiders: Liz to Dr. Andrew Baird, played by the gorgeous Jon Hamm; Jack to Elisa Pedrera, played by the gorgeous Salma Hayek; Kenneth to the adorable, red-headed, blind girl played by the adorable, red-headed actress; and Jenna to the EMT who responds to an emergency call at TGSin the pursuit of whom she has no qualms in inducing anaphylactic shock in Kenneth. In a twist reminiscent of Isaac willingly (?) sacrificing himself at Abrahams hand, Kenneth courts death so that Jenna may re-encounter the EMT of her dreams. CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on 30 Rock: Season Three + About the Show: Upon this Rock + About the Director and Producer: Who's Running the Show? + Overall Summary: The Semi-Virtuous Life + Episode-by-Episode Commentary & Summary + ...and much more 30 Rock: Season Three

Tina Fey

Author : Melissa Raé Shofner
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Tina Fey, one of the most prominent women in comedy, is well known for her work on shows such as Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. As a writer and actress, she has changed the way people see female comedians and altered the “boys club” mentality that characterized the working environment of Saturday Night Live. Readers are presented with fascinating details about Fey’s life, from the childhood experiences that inspired Mean Girls to her rise to stardom. This engaging text is enhanced with full-color photographs, detailed sidebars, and a comprehensive timeline.

TV The Book

Author : Alan Sepinwall
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Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad? Is Cheers better than Seinfeld? What's the best high school show ever made? Why did Moonlighting really fall apart? Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible? For twenty years-since they shared a TV column at Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper-critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been debating these questions and many more, but it all ultimately boils down to this: What's the greatest TV show ever? That debate reaches an epic conclusion in TV (THE BOOK). Sepinwall and Seitz have identified and ranked the 100 greatest scripted shows in American TV history. Using a complex, obsessively all-encompassing scoring system, they've created a Pantheon of top TV shows, each accompanied by essays delving into what made these shows great. From vintage classics like The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy to modern masterpieces like Mad Men and Friday Night Lights, from huge hits like All in the Family and ER to short-lived favorites like Firefly and Freaks and Geeks, TV (THE BOOK) will bring the triumphs of the small screen together in one amazing compendium. Sepinwall and Seitz's argument has ended. Now it's time for yours to begin!

Simon Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book 3

Author : John M. Samson
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Across or Down, The Best Crosswords Around! With 300 Brand-new Puzzles to Solve In 1924, Simon & Schuster published its first title, The Cross Word Puzzle Book. Not only was it the publisher's first release -- it was the first collection of crossword puzzles ever printed. Today, more than eighty years later, the legendary Simon & Schuster Crossword Puzzle Book series maintains its status as the standard-bearer for cruciverbal excellence. This series continues to provide the most challenging, fresh, and original puzzles on the market. Created by the best contemporary constructors -- and edited by top puzzle master John M. Samson -- these Thursday to Sunday-size brain breakers offer hours of stimulation for solvers of every level. With hundreds of puzzles in one volume, the Simon & Schuster Crossword Puzzle Book series will continue to test the knowledge of solvers everywhere. Can you avoid turning to the answer key? Sharpen your pencils, grit your teeth, and find out!

Woman Up

Author : Julia Havas
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Critically analyzes the discursive relationship between cultural value and popular feminism in American television.

The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader

Author : Ian Wilkie
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The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader is a selection of the most outstanding critical analysis featured in the journal Comedy Studies in the decade since its inception in 2010. The Reader illustrates the multiple perspectives that are available when analysing comedy. Wilkie’s selections present an array of critical approaches from interdisciplinary scholars, all of whom evaluate comedy from different angles and adopt a range of writing styles to explore the phenomenon. Divided into eight unique parts, the Reader offers both breadth and depth with its wide range of interdisciplinary articles and international perspectives. Of interest to students, scholars, and lovers of comedy alike, The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader offers a contemporary sample of general analyses of comedy as a mode, form, and genre.

Time in Television Narrative

Author : Melissa Ames
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This collection analyzes twenty-first-century American television programs that employ temporal and narrative experimentation. These shows play with time, slowing it down to unfold narrative through time retardation and compression. They disrupt the chronological flow of time itself, using flashbacks and insisting that viewers be able to situate themselves in both the present and the past narrative threads. Although temporal play has existed on the small screen prior to the new millennium, never before has narrative time been so freely adapted in mainstream television. The essayists offer explanations for not only the frequency of time-play in contemporary programming, but also the implications of its sometimes disorienting presence. Drawing upon the fields of cultural studies, television scholarship, and literary studies, as well as overarching theories concerning postmodernity and narratology, Time in Television Narrative offers some critical suggestions. The increasing number of television programs concerned with time may stem from any and all of the following: recent scientific approaches to quantum physics and temporality; new conceptions of history and post history; or trends in late-capitalistic production and consumption, in the new culture of instantaneity, or in the recent trauma culture amplified after the September 11 attacks. In short, these televisual time experiments may very well be an aesthetic response to the climate from which they derive. These essays analyze both ends of this continuum and also attend to another crucial variable: the television viewer watching this new temporal play.