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CBS Takes the Thursday Ratings Win

Although the introduction of ‘Seinfeld Vision’ helped the premiere of 30 Rock, it didn’t do do much for the network.  CBS took Must See Thursday—followed by ABC, NBC, FOX and CW.

8pm
30 Rock

  • (14.1 million, 4.4/13 in 18-49 demo) took the hour in both viewers and the key demographic group.
  • ABC’s (9.8 million, 3.4/10) saw a loss of over 1 million viewers this week, while (8 million, 3.4/10) lost 1/2 as much.
  • Emmy-award winning (7.4 million, 3.4/9) saw a 53% viewer increase from last season’s finale.


9pm

  • Although (20.8 million, 6.3/16 in key demo) lost 16% of last week’s viewers, it still took the crown from Grey’s.
  • (18.1 million, 7.4/18) also saw a loss in viewers but remained dominant in the 18-49 demo.
  • A million less viewers saw Pam and Jim outed in this week’s episode of (8.5 million, 4.5/11).


10pm

  • (14.5 million, 3.8/11) lost 13% of last week’s audience and narrowly won in the key demos.
  • (9 million, 3.7/10) was down 1 million this week; (8.7 million, 3.7/10) was down from it’s 11.1 million premiere.

 

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‘Must See’ 30 Rock!

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, NBC,

Tina Fey It’s Thursday, October 4th and that can only mean one thing. The return of 30 Rock! I know I’m not alone in my love for Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and company, but to say I’m mildly obsessed with the series may be an understatement. Case in point, I made a reference to “The Rural Juror” the other day at a family gathering, which was meant mostly by blank stares (thankfully my sister-in-law got the joke!). So, after a long summer of waiting, 30 Rock is back, baby! And a full hour! And Jerry Seinfeld is making a guest appearance! Seriously… I may hyperventilate. My excitement could only be somewhat expressed by the use of many exclamation points in this post, but I will try to keep my wits about me and carry on professionally. Oh, who am I kidding?! 30 Rock!!! It’s back!!! And it’s not all about 30 Rock, because My Name is Earl and The Office are also on for an hour tonight (by the way, how cute are Jim and Pam?), so basically, for you comedy lovers, this is one great night of TV! And, thankfully, I can record Ugly Betty on DVR, which is another one of my favorites (although I probably don’t need quite so many exclamation points for that one).

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This Week on TV (10/1-10/7)

30 Rock

 

MONDAY (10/1)
  • Everybody Hates Chris (CW, 8pm):  Season premiere
  • Aliens in America (CW, 8:30pm):  Series premiere
  • Girlfriends (CW, 9pm):  Season premiere
  • The Game (CW, 9:30pm):  Season premiere
  • Dr. Steve-O (USA, 11pm):  Series premiere

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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Coverage

Emmy AwardsThe 59th Annual Emmy Awards has not even started, yet I’m already sensing sensing a weird vibe about tonight’s telecast.  Will the show be a celebration of those young and new (e.g. Heroes)?  Will it be a tribute to those bowing out (James Gandolfini and crew)?  Or will performer Kanye West somehow manage to cast a controversial shadow over the rest of the ceremony?

What a difference a year makes.  Twelve months ago, we were still handing out trophies to stars from Will & Grace and The West Wing (those shows feel so five-years ago now).  Today, we welcome a new crop of nominees including Ugly Betty and 30 Rock for Best ComedyLast year, we were entertained by an always-hilarious Conan O’Brien.  This year, we are threatened by a song and dance number from this year’s host, Ryan Seacrest.  Last August, 24 snagged the award for Best Drama.  This September, it’s not even nominated (yet somehow Boston Legal is).

I think it would be safe to assume the voters would predictably (and respectfully) shower The Sopranos with honors, but I’ll still be crossing my fingers for an upset sometime tonight.  We’ll need something to talk about tomorrow…

Here’s the play-by-play of tonight’s events coming to you from the neglected West Coast!

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Upcoming ‘30 Rock’ and ‘Earl’ Guest Stars

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, NBC, My Name Is Earl,

Alyssa Milano Let the fall season begin. Please? I mean, how much longer do we need to wait before our favorite shows are back in full force? Turns out, just a little bit longer. Come on, we can make it! To hold you over… a little casting news. First up, The Sopranos’ star, Edie Falco, who will be joining 30 Rock for a guest stint. What’s that you say? Yes, I haven’t talked about how much I love 30 Rock in awhile. Please, tune in if you’ve never seen it because it is fantastic. Jerry Seinfeld will be appearing in the second season premiere, so I’m sure there will be plenty of laughs. As for Falco, no details on what role she’ll play, but according to Tina Fey, “We’re thrilled to have such an amazing actress come join us. Also, a lot of guys on our crew want The Sopranos ending explained to them.” And, have you seen Fey in the new American Express ad? She is beyond adorable.

On to My Name is Earl, which boasts the addition of Who’s the Boss and Charmed star Alyssa Milano this season for at least eight episodes. She may be a love interest for Earl. While I’ve never been a Milano fan, I do have a fond recollection of her in one of those Amy Fisher movies in the early nineties (you know, “The Long Island Lolita”?). At any rate, you can catch both of these funny shows when they return on September 27th (Earl) and October 4th (30 Rock). We’re in the home stretch, folks.

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Fall 2007 TV Programming Schedule

Despite having a Tivo and another DVR, I know that a new television season can take some serious planning.  When will your favorite shows start?  What days are they now on?  Which programming ‘conflicts’ will you have to resolve?  Will you need to buy another TV???

Hopefully our detailed scheduling guide can assist you in the weeks to come.  We have compiled information from five different networks (, , , and ) and included the days, times and premiere dates for this fall’s shows.

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TV on DVD:  September 4, 2007

The OfficeGiven the theatrical DVDs releasing this week, television programs are looking better than ever.  Here’s just a sampling of the many shows on tap this Tuesday:

  • 30 Rock (Season 1)
  • Rules of Engagement (Season 1)
  • Robot Chicken (Season 2)
  • Prison Break (Season 2)
  • Desperate Housewives (Season 3)
  • The Office (Season 3)
  • Nip/Tuck (Season 4)

NOTE:  Click here to see the Movies-On-DVD options for this week.


Jimmy Fallon’s Gettin’ Hitched

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, NBC, Saturday Night Live, Gossip,

Jimmy Fallon A sad, salty tear just streamed down my face when I read that my sweet Jimmy Fallon got engaged. I don’t know why I’ve been holding out hope that he would consider me. Heck, I’m married, so I don’t even know why I feel like my heart has been trampled upon. Seriously though, Fallon has always been a favorite of mine, but I’m a sucker for a funny guy (Jon Stewart, Paul Rudd and David Duchovny have a special place in my heart). Jimmy, who you may recall from Saturday Night Live and later, films Taxi and Fever Pitch, popped the question to Fever Pitch producer Nancy Jovonen last weekend—at sunset on a dock at Lake Winnepesaukee. That just happens to be where On Golden Pond was filmed, and incidentally, is just a great name to say outloud. Blah, blah, blah… he gave her some amazing ring and then, my heart snapped in half as I tried to deal with the fact that I’m losing Jimmy forever. Back to reality, Fallon is also rumored to replace Conon O’Brien on Late Night when O’Brien moves over to the Tonight Show in 2009. All I know is that I expect to see Fallon show up on an episode of 30 Rock this season—how great would that be?


Seinfeld to Appear on 30 Rock

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, NBC,

Jerry Seinfeld I’m giddy. Absolutely giddy… over the news that Jerry Seinfeld will appear on the season premiere of 30 Rock in the fall. I was already over the moon when this little engine-that-could of a show managed to beat the odds and get a renewal. Tina Fey has crafted one of the most unique comedies on television and the cast is excellent. Even Alec Baldwin’s bad voicemail etiquette couldn’t dissuade me from tuning in (although, I’m still ticked at him!). And now, I find out that Jerry Seinfeld will be making an appearance as himself. I’m a diehard Seinfeld fan and a faithful 30 Rock watcher, so this is the equivalent of a Reese’s peanut butter cup. You know—two great tastes that taste great together. So maybe my reference is obscure, but you get the picture. A union of talent that is likely to provide the recipe for comedy gold. Gold, Jerry! Gold! Get ready for the season premiere of 30 Rock on October 4th. I promise it won’t disappoint.

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New SNL Documentary in the Works

Will Ferrell Who knew that there were Saturday Night Live documentaries in existence? Well, it’s news to me, and I consider myself a pretty diehard SNL fan. Through good times and bad, I’ve watched… So, I just read that NBC has ordered a documentary about the show during the 1990s. Cool, I thought, then I read that there were two previous documentaries. Huh? Guess I’ve got to hunt those down because I love that behind-the-scenes kind of stuff. This latest edition is called Saturday Night Live in the ‘90s: Pop Culture Nation and promises to be “funny, dramatic and filled with great clips and new interviews featuring the biggest comedy stars of today. These are the backstage stories that made headlines.” What makes this great will be interviews of former cast members and writers—Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, Chris Rock, Molly Shannon, Tim Meadows and Jimmy Fallon. You can catch the documentary on May 6th.

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