The 30 Rock book : inside the iconic show, from Blerg to EGOT

by Roe, Mike,

Format: Print Book 2021
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The hilarious true story of the making of the cult classic hit show 30 Rock

It's hard to remember a time when Tina Fey wasn't a star, but back in the early 2000s, she was an SNL writer who was far from a household name. It's even harder to remember when Fey's sitcom 30 Rock was tanking, but it was--it premiered in the fall of 2006, and by November, the New York Times wrote that 30 Rock was "perilously close to a flop."

But despite all expectations (including those of some of the cast and crew), Tina Fey's eccentric buddy comedy lasted 138 episodes, spanning seven seasons. It resurrected the career of Alec Baldwin, survived an extended absence by Tracy Morgan, and permeated the culture-- its breakneck pacing, oddball characters, and extremely rich joke writing are deeply beloved by millions of fans.

Through more than fifty original interviews with cast, crew, critics, and more, culture writer Mike Roe brings to life the history of the gloriously goofy show that became an all-time classic. The 30 Rock Book has everything in it, from tales of the amazing music still stuck in our heads, to the iconic bit characters that make the show, to all the love and drama of the backstage crew . . . and the creative failures and successes along the way. So grab your night cheese and muffin tops, cuddle up with your slanket against your Japanese body pillow, and settle in for the story of one of the funniest shows in television history.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Entertainment journalist Roe offers up a loving tribute to 30 Rock, the whip-smart NBC comedy which ran from 2006 to 2013, taking a deep dive into the series via interviews with the actors, writers, and crew. 30 Rock was developed in the shadow of Aaron Sorkin's much anticipated follow up to The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which, like 30 Rock, lifted the curtain on the inner workings of a sketch show (both modeled after Saturday Night Live). Studio 60 ran just one season, while underdog 30 Rock ran seven, charming critics and racking up Emmys while boasting such big-name guest stars as Matt Damon, Elizabeth Banks, Margaret Cho, and even Oprah. The writers prided themselves on the show's characters and their rapid-fire rapport and tongue-in-cheek inside jokes. Roe acknowledges the series' flaws, including its lack of diversity in the writers' room and its use of blackface in several episodes, while paying tribute to what made it so iconic, if not quite a hit in terms of ratings. A must-read for fans and television-history buffs."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects 30 Rock (Television program)
Situation comedies (Television programs) -- United States -- History and criticism.
Publisher New York :Abrams Press,2021
Other Titles Thirty Rock book
Language English
Description 293 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781419750441
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