In the last episode of "30 Rock," NBC executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) scoffed at heroine Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and her desire to push the envelope with her show's content.There's also a brief review of tomorrow night's "Man Vs. Wild" season premiere. To read the full thing, click here.
"'Push the envelope'? You know who uses that phrase?" Jack asked. "People who don't have the guts or the brains to work inside the system: letter writers! radicals! Howard Dean!"
Because Jack is a pompous (and somewhat insane) network executive, he could easily be the villain of "30 Rock," but there's always a kernel of truth in what the man has to say. Later in the episode, for instance, he warns Liz, "Never go with a hippie to a second location." Wiser words may never have been spoken.
Watching a screener of tonight's "30 Rock" contribution to NBC's "Green Is Universal" week of eco-friendly programming (8:30 p.m., Ch. 4) - complete with self-parodying Al Gore cameo - it was hard not to find the truth in Jack's comment about working inside the system. If there's a writer in the business with the guts and brains to do that and make the system work for her, it's Tina Fey.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Today's column previews tonight's brilliant "Green Is Universal"-lampooning episode of "30 Rock":