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Friday
Feb012013

"30 Rock" Airs Finale

Art Streiber/NBC(NEW YORK) -- After seven seasons, NBC's award-winning but ratings-challenged comedy 30 Rock signed off Thursday night with a one-hour finale.

The finale featured Tina Fey's Liz Lemon struggling to make the transition from employed TV producer to stay-at-home mom, and Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy resigning from his new job as CEO of Kabletown after realizing he’s not happy. 

California Representative Nancy Pelosi had a guest shot, and was seen on a cable news channel blasting Donaghy for being “an economic war criminal.”

Jack McBrayer's Kenneth, the former NBC page-turned president, informed Tina Fey’s Liz that they had to do one more episode of the show TGS or else they would have to pay its star, Tracy Jordan, played by Tracy Morgan, millions of dollars.

The 30 Rock finale featured numerous references to past episodes, and return appearances by former guest stars Conan O’Brien, Selma Hayek, Al Roker and Julianne Moore.

During the finale, Jane Krakowski’s Jenna announced her big plans to advance her career.  One career move included playing a talkative corpse on Law & Order: SVU.  On the farewell episode of TGS, Jenna sang the theme from her new musical adaptation of Rural JurorThe Rural Juror was the title of Season One’s tenth episode.

Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy indicated that he might kill himself, but he was just faking so Liz would know what life was like without him.  In a very roundabout way, he told Liz he loved her and she said she loved him.  He sailed away on a boat, only to return moments later with an idea for a clear dishwasher.

In the show's final moments, viewers fast-forward one year to see Liz balancing being a mom while working on a show; Jenna flashing her boobs at the Tony Awards; Scott Adsit's Pete Homberger being found very much alive by his wife; Jack back in the corporate world; and Tracy bonding with his dad, who finally returns from buying cigarettes.

At the end of the show, McBrayer's Kenneth is seen in his office in the distant future holding a snowglobe of 30 Rockefeller Plaza as a young woman named Lemon pitches a show based on the stories of her great-grandmother.  The snowglobe is a reference to the finale of NBC’s 1980s medical series St. Elsewhere.

Tracy Morgan’s character perhaps said what the cast and crew of 30 Rock was feeling when he signed off his TGS show: “Thank you America.  That’s our show.  Not a lot of people watched it, but the joke’s on you because we got paid anyway.”

30 Rock won a total of 14 Emmy Awards during its run, including best comedy, best lead actress in a comedy for Fey and best lead actor in a comedy for Baldwin.

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Thursday
Jan312013

"30 Rock" Ends Seven-Season Run Thursday Night

NBC/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- After seven seasons, NBC's award-winning but ratings-challenged comedy 30 Rock signs off Thursday night with a one-hour finale.

Tina Fey's Liz Lemon struggles to make the transition from employed TV producer to stay-at-home mom following the cancellation of her variety show, TGS, which is preparing for its final episode.

Jack McBrayer's Kenneth is adjusting to a change of his own: the NBC page has become the president of the network, succeeding the promoted Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin.

30 Rock has won 14 Emmy Awards during its run, including best comedy, best lead actress in a comedy for Fey and best lead actor in a comedy for Baldwin.

The 30 Rock finale airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time, followed by back-to-back episodes of The Office and the series premiere of the drama Do No Harm.

Do No Harm stars Rescue Me actor Steven Pasquale as a neurosurgeon who has an alternate, dark personality that emerges at night.

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Friday
Dec212012

"Jersey Shore" Finale: The Gang Says Goodbye

MTV Networks(NEW YORK) -- The last-ever installment of Jersey Shore began with the gang having a bonfire on the beach, at which, despite Sitch bragging he's in the best shape of his life, Jionni smoked him in football.  Proud, Snooki said it would mean he gets extra "pee pee time."

The girls went to the tanning salon, where Paula left Sitch some dessert.  At home, the gang debated the wisdom of eating a cake made by a jilted ex, but Sitch and Pauly -- and apparently Deena -- partake.

Pauly and Vinny tried to move Ronnie and Sam's inflatable bed as a prank, but accidentally popped it.  Ronnie tries to refill it, but then starts blaming Sam, as the prank was retribution for an earlier gag she pulled on the guys.

Pauly and Mike celebrated their birthdays, and shortly after that, Ronnie goes ballistic on Sam because she wasn't apologetic enough about the prank.  They talk about breaking up, but eventually kiss and make up.

The gang went back to the tanning salon, and Paula's co-workers showed a picture to the roomies that showed the cake Sitch and Pauly ate had been touched by a part of a man's anatomy.  Ronnie dubbed the consumed dessert "nut cake." 

When Sitch tried to confront Paula about it over the phone, she pretended she can't hear him.  Furious, Sitch destroyed the house's hated duck phone once and for all.  In fact, the finale ended with an "In Memoriam" segment to the device.

The series ended where it began: with the roomies hanging out on the deck, looking back at what happened to them.

The next morning, the gang packed up, and shared tears in front of the Seaside Heights home they shared.

After the finale, the gang got together again for a live reunion show.

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Monday
May212012

Fox's "House" Ends Monday Night

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Hugh Laurie drama House will end its eight-season run on Fox Monday night.

In the finale, airing at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time, Laurie's titular doctor takes stock of his life while treating a drug-addicted patient.  The episode will be preceded by a one-hour retrospective.

Laurie warns fans not to expect any big twists in the finale.

He says, "It’s not going to be that sort of an ending when people go, oh my God, it just sort of flips and it was all a dream or the whole thing’s flipped upside down... I think it’s a very elegant and satisfying ending."

Since its premiere in 2004, House's cast has included, at one point or another, Lisa Edelstein, Olivia Wilde, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Penn and Amber Tamblyn.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Fox's 'House' Ending Eight-Season Run This Spring

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After eight seasons, the Fox series House will end its run this spring. The show's executive producers, including star Hugh Laurie, said in a statement released Wednesday, "The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party.  How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air."

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said in a separate statement, "While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision [executive producers] Hugh, David [Shore] and Katie [Jacobs] have made....For eight seasons, the entire House team has given us -- and fans around the world -- some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television."

The statements did not disclose the airdate of the House series finale, but they suggested that the show will conclude sometime in April, after 177 episodes.

House premiered in 2004 and turned Hugh Laurie, the British actor who portrays the titular, cantankerous doctor, into a household name in the U.S. The show's cast has included, at one point or another, Lisa Edelstein, Olivia Wilde, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Penn and Amber Tamblyn.

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