Hey, it’s Live TV!Posted by BRADY in 30 Rock, The View
October 15th, 2010, 02:49 PM
Jon Hamm’s two creepy hands: one for each coast.
30 Rock, a show about a live sketch comedy show called TGS that is based on the live show Saturday Night Live, finally paid tribute to it’s roots and entire premise by having their first ever live episodes last night, one for each coast! But how did a show like 30 Rock, which is fast paced and meticulously edited with clever scene transitions and flashbacks, handle being shot live? Splendidly! The shows went off with very few mistakes and quite a few memorable moments. The first came when Liz Lemon (the always hilarious genius behind 30 Rock, Tina Fey) had one of her trademark flashbacks. The camera panned to reveal Julia Louis-Dreyfus doing a spot-on Liz Lemon performance of her own. But she was far from the only guest star! Matt Damon and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm also stopped by to reprise their 30 Rock roles and up the “handsome leading man” factor on stage.
But are you a 30 Rock mega fan that feels ripped-off that you only got to see one version of the live performance? Well, maybe try figuring out some other hobbies. Sorry. Other than that, the good people at Vulture have compiled a list of all the difference between the two shows, including both bloopers and some hilarious line-changes. Check them out here! Also you can pretty much rest assured that both versions of the live show will be on the DVD set for the season.
The entire live episode of 30 Rock focused (in typical meta-fashion) on a plot about Tracy Morgan “breaking” on live TV, but in the end it all went supremely smoothly. The View, on the other hand, did not have such a smooth week. When Bill O’Reilly appeared as a guest, him and the ladies got to chatting about the proposed mosque to be built at Ground Zero. As you can imagine, Bill had a few (horrible) things to say about this. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg didn’t exactly agree, and after some weak argument they allowed the bully to win the screaming match and they stormed off the stage. Poor show, ladies! You should have stood your ground. Though I was pretty surprised that the audience was firmly on Bill O’Reilly’s side. It seemed like they really had Bill’s Hassel-back! Heyo! You see, Elizabeth Hasselback is the conservative lady on The View. Too much explanation for that pun? Ok, just watch the clip: