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  • Fox buys supernatural comedy from ’30 Rock’ writer Colleen McGuinness

    Former 30 Rock writer/producer Colleen McGuinness has sold her second pilot this year. According to Deadline, McGuinness has sold a single-camera comedy to Fox and is getting some very big names to help her with it. A-Listers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have signed on as producers alongside McGuinness and Jennifer Todd.

    The untitled show centers around “a 25-year-old woman who works at a frozen yogurt shop and whose life is going nowhere – until she discovers she is telekinetic.” This comes on the heels of McGuinness’ other untitled comedy she sold to NBC. Fellow 30 Rock co-workers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are co-producing the comedy described as “character-driven workplace comedy where a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father finds a new home and family on Fire Island.

    McGuinness was a writer for seasons six and seven on 30 Rock, and last year was a supervising producer for About A Boy.

    Here’s a supercut of Hannibal Buress’ recurring hobo scenes in ’30 Rock’

    When 30 Rock went off the air a year ago, we professed our love for the show with a list of 30 Reasons We’ll Miss 30 Rock. Number 14 on that list was the series of Hannibal Buress cameos that he’d make as a homeless person, or as Liz Lemon called them, “recurring hobos.” Buress was a writer on 30 Rock and was put into episodes here and there providing for some terrifically wacky moments. Internet people Oakley And Allen put together this supercut of Buress and all of his hoboiest moments on 30 Rock. We thank you in advance for making our weekend. Buress has viewed the clip and declared via Twitter, “Hey Emmys, it’s not too late to atone for your mistakes.”

    That’s enough foil Gus!

    ‘The Office’s Ellie Kemper to star in Tina Fey-written NBC comedy

    The comedy duo of Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper have been seen together, but only on Thursday nights on NBC as part of different shows (30 Rock and  The Office, respectively). Now, a project the two are collaborating on has been given a 13-episode series order by NBC. The comedy, which is tentatively titled Tooken, will be co-executive produced by Fey, who wrote the pilot with 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock. The sitcom will center on a woman, played by Kemper, who escapes from a doomsday cult to New York City. While there are no plans for Fey to appear onscreen, it’s a possibility that she’ll make a guest appearance on the show.

    The new comedy is the latest under Fey’s four-year deal with Universal Television. Another NBC comedy and a FOX sitcom set at a women’s college are also being developed by her. Tooken is set to premiere in Fall of 2014.

    Tina Fey is working on another sitcom for NBC

    Tina FeyTina Fey is back in business with NBC/Universal. Well, not that she ever left really. But she is working on another workplace comedy for the peacock network. The project, which is currently untitled also links Fey back with her 30 Rock showrunner, Robert Carlock. While Fey is involved, the writer for the project is another 30 Rock alum, writer-producer Colleen McGuiness who actually sold the script to the network.

    The show’s basic premise is to be be character-driven in the workplace in the vein of Cheers. It will star a young woman trying to reconnect with her father and finds a new family on Fire Island. The show will fall under Fey’s Little Stranger production company and is part of the overall four-year development deal she struck with NBC/Universal last year.

    ’30 Rock,’ ‘Arrested Development’ among comedy Emmy noms

    Emmy Awards in a RowStreaming video service Netflix is still relatively new to original programming, but they’re off to an amazing start. Their drama House of Cards got nine Emmy nominations, the first time a streaming video service picked up any nominations, and possibly a glimpse at what’s to come in future years. Jason Bateman also picked up an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nomination for his role in Arrested Development. Sadly, that was the only major nomination that AD picked up, and marks the first time that the show wasn’t nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

    As far as the shows that were, 30 Rock ended its run by picking up nine nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The 13 noms are more than any other comedy this year. The other shows garnering nominations included The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family and HBO series Girls and Veep. Louis C.K. did well in addition to his show being nominated – he also picked up nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor, hosting Saturday Night Live, and for his special “Oh My God.” Between Two Ferns also picked up a nomination for Short-Format-Live Action Entertainment. Read More

    Tracy Morgan gets FX comedy pilot

    Tracy MorganThe FX network just announced, yet another, comedy pilot that will be coming to the channel called Death Pact starring Tracey Morgan. After the recent wrap on the very successful 30 Rock series, FX quickly picked up Morgan to star in their new show. Death Pact is about a past high school coach, who also deals marijuana, and now receives a great homecoming as a war hero (played by Tracey Morgan). Once home, Morgan’s character starts up a self-help group, however, if you fail there are some serious consequences. I’m pretty sure I would not want to be the one who upsets a past coach and war hero, especially one as loud as Morgan. No word on when the show will make it to series, but it looks interesting to say the least. Stay tuned for more details.

    Cool thing to buy this week: ’30 Rock’ season 7, the final season

    30 Rock Season 7This week the outrageous seventh season of everybody’s favorite TV series, 30 Rock hits stores! Though it is still sad that the show had to come to an end, and we think we gave the show the proper send off it deserved here, it doesn’t mean that you can’t relive all of your favorite moments from the series’ final and terrific season.

    From Tracy Jordan’s shocking medical news, Kenneth’s new girlfriend, Jenna’s surprise wedding, Lemon’s princess Leia wedding to Chriss Cross and baby adoption, plus Jack’s business crossroads.

    Season 7 wrapped up an excellently written series of comedic content that was as consistently great as any other great sitcoms that came before it. So, get working on your night cheese and pick it up today and complete your 30 Rock collection! Read More

    Long Live Liz Lemon and her Ben & Jerry’s yogurt

    Liz Lemon B&JIt’s a sweet ending to a fun run for the cast of 30 Rock as promised Ben & Jerry’s revealed their newest flavor in honor of Tina Fey’s lead character, “Liz Lemon Greek Yogurt.” The surprise was shared at a 30 Rock party in New York City.

    The new flavor is lemon with a blueberry lavender swirl through each batch. The flavor will become available throughout New York City and nation over the next few weeks.

    30 Rock has been nominated for 22 Emmys as its final episode aired last Thursday night.

    This is not the first time Ben & Jerry’s created a flavor for a 30 Rock actor. In 2012 they released a Schweddy Balls flavor in tribute to the skit played by Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live. This batch of ice cream was vanilla flavored with fudge and rum-covered maltballs…baller!

    30 Reasons We’ll Miss “30 Rock”

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    For 7 years and 138 episodes Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and the rest of the 30 Rock entertained us. Tomorrow night the series will end its run and go quietly into the night. The idea for the show started off really different in Fey’s mind – she wanted it to be a news show with a conservative host (“Alec Baldwin if we could ever get him”) and she was the new producer assigned to right the sinking ship. While that initial pitch was rejected, Fey went back and re-wrote the show based on her experience as the first female head writer of Saturday Night Live and the characters that surround it. Baldwin agreed to the pilot and the rest is proverbial history, and also laid out in way more detail in her book, Bossypants. There’s also a really great history of the show by The AV Club.

    With the show ending, we thought we’d look back and pick out 30 trends, running gags, jokes, memes, catchprases, character traits, and clips that we will miss about 30 Rock. Read More

    Ben & Jerry’s will unveil a 30 Rock-inspired ice cream flavor

    Liz LemonWord on the street is that legendary Ice Cream makers Ben & Jerry are developing an ice cream based on Tina Fey’s 30 Rock. The ice cream Wonkas announced this yesterday as an homage to the series finale. One thing they didn’t reaveal was the name of said ice cream. That information will be revealed this Thursday night at the finale party. While this is hardly B&J’s first foray into doing this take in point Schweedy Balls, Americone Dreams and Late Night Snack, but it’s the first one that we think could develop a really great name.

    I have a feeling they’ll pick something punny like “30 Rock (y) Road” or “Liz Lemon Swirl.” But if they had any balls they might go for my dream marrying ice cream and cheese, “Cheesy Cake Blaster Surprise” or “Workin’ on My Night Cheese Cake”. Don’t let me down Ben and/or Jerry, don’t you dare!