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Savageone79's Avatar Savageone79 05:37 PM 02-06-2007
Sigh.. of course its cancelled! This has developed into one of my favorite new shows of the season and one that I can count on to make me laugh and it is canceled.. even after winning awards at the globes! What happened to giving shows a chance.. shows like cheers didn't even become popular until 2 or 3 seasons in.. at least give it one full season before you pull the plug!!

DeathRay's Avatar DeathRay 05:48 PM 02-06-2007
i don't think it has been canceled...

http://www.tbo.com/entertainment/tv/MGB945IHTXE.html

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ANDY'S SHOW: NBC also has announced that a new comedy, "Andy Barker, P.I.," starring Andy Richter, will replace the comedy "30 Rock" on Thursdays beginning March 15.

But "30 Rock" is doing well enough to come back from a short hiatus.

"30 Rock," starring Tina Fey, is a better behind-the-scenes satire of television than "Studio 60."

And Alec Baldwin is a hoot as the sleazy studio executive on "30 Rock."

The "Andy Barker, P.I." comedy is good, too. Richter stars as a hapless accountant who has a career change after he is mistaken for a private detective. It will air in the 9:30 p.m. slot for five weeks, with "30 Rock," returning April 19.


vfxproducer's Avatar vfxproducer 06:03 PM 02-06-2007
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thanks to the inspired performance by Paul Reubens.

Wow. I thought Reubens was the WORST part of the show. His performance was so over the top it seemed like bad high school improv. To each his own, I guess.
DeathRay's Avatar DeathRay 06:14 PM 02-06-2007
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Wow. I thought Reubens was the WORST part of the show. His performance was so over the top it seemed like bad high school improv. To each his own, I guess.

i kept thinking...at least it's not martin short.
fredfa's Avatar fredfa 08:27 AM 03-01-2007
For '30 Rock,' decision time is nearing
Struggling NBC comedy is about to go on hiatus
By Diego Vasquez MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer Mar 1, 2007
The next two episodes of NBC's 30 Rock could help determine whether the critically beloved but low-rated sitcom will return for a second season.

Rock will go on a six-week hiatus after next week's episode, leaving the Thursday 9:30 p.m. timeslot to the new show Andy Barker, P.I., before returning in April. These two weeks are important because Rock will air against reruns of powerhouse timeslot competitors Grey's Anatomy on ABC and CSI on CBS.

Networks are in pilot mode now, beginning to narrow down which new and returning shows will make their fall schedule. NBC is only expected to pick up one of its freshman series for next fall, either Rock or Friday Night Lights. (A third rookie, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," looks all but dead.) "Rock" and "Lights" have similar season averages, and so NBC will be looking for growth potential when it decides which to bring back.

Airing against original episodes of Grey's and CSI the past month, Rock actually has been shrinking, not growing. When the show took over the Thursday slot in late November, its first three episodes against minimal competition averaged a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Its three most recent episodes have averaged a 2.5, a decline of 14 percent. If it can grow again over its next two outings, that might help convince NBC the show has potential much like The Office, which was renewed two years ago with similarly low ratings.

It doesn't hurt that recently critics seem to have adopted Rock as the new Arrested Development, a similarly smart but low-rated show. Publications from TV Guide to Entertainment Weekly to countless blogs are championing its renewal.

The competition isn't entirely light tonight. Rock will face a new challenge in Fox's smash Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, which had the network's best debut in 18-49s in more than 14 years earlier this week.

In tonight's Rock, guest star LL Cool J plays a hip-hop producer who helps Jack (Alec Baldwin) launch a new line of champagne.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...icle_10480.asp
gruven42's Avatar gruven42 08:36 AM 03-01-2007
All right. I can see cancelling Studio 60 because it doesn't appeal to the American Idol crowd. But they are making a huge mistake if they cancel 30 Rock. This show has enormous potential and is sometimes even more of a laugh than The Office.
raaj's Avatar raaj 08:44 AM 03-01-2007
I have begun to like 30 Rock, and last few weeks' episodes were hilarious. The highlight was last week when Tracy confesses to Doneghy "I don't have a sister !!" ROTFLMFAO !! Really really funny..

But, since I started to like this show, I guess it's death knell time, if history is anything to go by. They should at least change the timeslot when it returns and give it another shot.
fredfa's Avatar fredfa 09:47 AM 03-01-2007
30 Rock Sweep Ratings

The steady downward ratings trend is very disturbing. Here are the Nielsen numbers for the show during February:

Feb. 1 - 5.66 million viewers
Feb 8 - 5.09 million viewers
Feb 15 - 4.96 million viewers
Feb 22 - 4.58 million viewers

(All numbers are fast national ratings)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Doolittle's Avatar Doolittle 09:50 AM 03-01-2007
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All right. I can see cancelling Studio 60 because it doesn't appeal to the American Idol crowd. But they are making a huge mistake if they cancel 30 Rock. This show has enormous potential and is sometimes even more of a laugh than The Office.

I agree. I expected to love Studio 60 and hate 30 Rock before the season started, but it turns out the opposite is true. 30 Rock is one of the few shows I actually look forward to watching each week.
scolumbo's Avatar scolumbo 09:58 AM 03-01-2007
I think 30 Rock has started to hit its stride. IMO, The Office is the gold standard right now, followed by Earl. 30 Rock is still a little uneven, but there have been some really good moments.

Alas, if 30 Rock gets beat by a show called "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," it tells me the answer is NO for the vast majority of the viewing public.
AtogMuncher's Avatar AtogMuncher 10:03 AM 03-01-2007
Too bad this show is in trouble, but I have to say I am not surprised that 30 Rock isn't doing well in the ratings. It has that problem of being humorous to me, that is usually the kiss of death for a show. This show has had the most funny moment I remember in a long time on a sitcom when they spoofed Deal or No Deal. I laughed so hard I cried
raaj's Avatar raaj 11:41 AM 03-01-2007
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Too bad this show is in trouble, but I have to say I am not surprised that 30 Rock isn't doing well in the ratings. It has that problem of being humorous to me, that is usually the kiss of death for a show. This show has had the most funny moment I remember in a long time on a sitcom when they spoofed Deal or No Deal. I laughed so hard I cried

Was that Josh's contract negotiations scene from a couple of weeks back? That was funny !! I should Christine Mr. Baldwin as "Smart Aleck" !!
archiguy's Avatar archiguy 11:50 AM 03-01-2007
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I think 30 Rock has started to hit its stride. IMO, The Office is the gold standard right now, followed by Earl. 30 Rock is still a little uneven, but there have been some really good moments.

I keep hearing how '30 Rock' is improving, and I tune in periodically to check, and I just don't see it. Take Baldwin off the show and you got nothing; he can't continue to carry it all by himself. 'Earl' and 'Office' are the gold standard in comedy right now, and '30 Rock' has a long way to go to get to that level, IMO. 'Scrubs' I don't even bother with because of the inexplicable lack of HD.
gruven42's Avatar gruven42 11:53 AM 03-01-2007
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I keep hearing how '30 Rock' is improving

It doesn't have to "improve." It's exactly how it wants to be right now, and that's how it's always been. If you don't like it, then you just don't like it.
raaj's Avatar raaj 12:09 PM 03-01-2007
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I keep hearing how '30 Rock' is improving, and I tune in periodically to check, and I just don't see it. Take Baldwin off the show and you got nothing; he can't continue to carry it all by himself. 'Earl' and 'Office' are the gold standard in comedy right now, and '30 Rock' has a long way to go to get to that level, IMO. 'Scrubs' I don't even bother with because of the inexplicable lack of HD.

So you don't watch Scrubs just because it is not in HD. If you were being serious, then you are missing a lot. Scrubs is just as funny, if not more than Earl and The Office. Earl is coming across as forced, and increasingly often so. We need more Crab Man. I find Earl and The Office to be amusing, but not "funny" like Friends, or Raymond or Seinfeld. I often find syndicated reruns of "Becker" and "Just Shoot Me" to be funnier than Earl and The Office ever were.

Just stating my opinion. YMMV and I'm cool with that.
archiguy's Avatar archiguy 12:16 PM 03-01-2007
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It doesn't have to "improve." It's exactly how it wants to be right now, and that's how it's always been.

That's very zen.

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I often find syndicated reruns of "Becker" and "Just Shoot Me" to be funnier than Earl and The Office ever were.

Ack! Ummm, yeah, that would definitely be a "YMMV".
DeathRay's Avatar DeathRay 12:55 PM 03-01-2007
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30 Rock Sweep Ratings

Feb 28 - 4.58 million viewers


Source: Nielsen Media Research data

it was on last night? i thought it was a thursday show. was it a new episode or a re-run? not sure if my dvr caught it.
scolumbo's Avatar scolumbo 01:01 PM 03-01-2007
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I keep hearing how '30 Rock' is improving, and I tune in periodically to check, and I just don't see it. Take Baldwin off the show and you got nothing; he can't continue to carry it all by himself.

I agree with you that Alec Baldwin carries the show while Tina Fey plays the "straight man" most of the time. They could definitely use a few more interesting and funny second tier characters.
scolumbo's Avatar scolumbo 01:07 PM 03-01-2007
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it was on last night? i thought it was a thursday show. was it a new episode or a re-run? not sure if my dvr caught it.

The dates from fredfa's post must represent the numbers from the week before. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense.

It wasn't on last night, or the 7th, 14th, or 21st.
Roger Lococco's Avatar Roger Lococco 07:35 PM 03-01-2007
pretty awful episode tonight,and Tina's covering up more in these recent episodes. best episode so far was the Paul Reubens one,and maybe a few more after that one,but the show has resumed sucking,it'll probably be cancelled.
JimsArcade's Avatar JimsArcade 08:24 PM 03-01-2007
To each his own... I laughed non-stop this episode.

30 Rock is quickly becoming my most anticipated show each week.
raaj's Avatar raaj 08:48 PM 03-01-2007
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To each his own... I laughed non-stop this episode.

30 Rock is quickly becoming my most anticipated show each week.

Yes, this episode was hilarious.. especially Jack's new business. I was laughing throughout the episode, and very few shows have made me laugh this way.

BTW, Tina Fey looks much better with glasses on. There is something odd about her face without those glasses.

It looks like they are coming up with a "catch phrase" each episode, just like Seinfeld's keywords characterizing an episode. Last week was Tracy's "I like you so much, I want to take you behind the grade school and get you pregnant !!" . This week was "Red Dickulus will eat your family" !! Funny stuff..
spid's Avatar spid 05:39 AM 03-02-2007
This show is starting to find the right grove. Last night episode was one of the best all season.
gruven42's Avatar gruven42 07:17 AM 03-02-2007
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Tina Fey looks much better with glasses on. There is something odd about her face without those glasses.

I thought the exact same thing last night.
Roger Lococco's Avatar Roger Lococco 07:56 AM 03-02-2007
maybe the glasses draw attention away from her scar.also her hair has been less than flattering in these recent episodes.
spid's Avatar spid 08:26 AM 03-02-2007
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maybe the glasses draw attention away from her scar.also her hair has been less than flattering in these recent episodes.

I have to give Fey some props for allowing herself to be shown in some unflattering situations. She actually looks like her character is supposed to be an overworked style challenged writer.
fredfa's Avatar fredfa 08:33 AM 03-02-2007
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it was on last night? i thought it was a thursday show. was it a new episode or a re-run? not sure if my dvr caught it.


Sorry -- the numbers were right, the dates were pasted incorrectly. Fixed now.
fredfa's Avatar fredfa 09:07 AM 03-02-2007
Last night (against repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI") the show was watched by 5.58 million viewers according to the Nielsen Media Research fast national ratings.

That was down 1.22 million viewers from the "Scrubs" lead-in, and "30 Rock" finished fourth in viewers as well as the 18-49 demo numbers.
Brainodo's Avatar Brainodo 10:40 AM 03-02-2007
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I agree with you that Alec Baldwin carries the show while Tina Fey plays the "straight man" most of the time. They could definitely use a few more interesting and funny second tier characters.

I've never cared much for Tracy Morgan before but he has been a revelation in this show, IMO. Flat out hilarious. And Kenneth (? The page) is also very good.
It's a shame so many shows aren't allowed to find their feet, would hate to see this cancelled as it looks like it could be very good indeed.
jklarfeld's Avatar jklarfeld 11:15 AM 03-02-2007
Agree with lost of the posts here. My wife and I checked the show out at the beginning and thought it was pretty mediocre, but it's been getting better and better as the season has progressed. Last night had us laughing out loud.
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