April 8th, 2011, 05:02 PM
How are we going to live without this kind of Liz Lemon/Jack Donaghy awesomeness on our TV?!
Yes, it’s a sad, sad day for fans of awesome Thursday night comedy: it seems 30 Rock will be ending after one more season. This comes from Alec Baldwin, who said: “I will tell you one thing, and that is our show next year is our last year of the show.” Well, I’d say that’s pretty definitive.
However depressing, the news shouldn’t be too surprising. The show has been on over 5 years but has never gained a huge audience, instead getting to stay on the air because of a cult following, critical adoration, heaps of awards, and of course NBC’s love affair with Lorne Michaels and anything he produces for them. Or maybe they’re just scared of him. Unfortunately none of that earns advertisers, only pure numbers can do that. But still, NBC let it live on and it appears the creative team is getting to decided when the final curtain falls, which is a privilege most struggling sitcoms never get. Tina Fey, who is a writer, producer and star on the show (plus she makes her husband do all the music) is having her second child soon, so it’s probably not too surprising that she’s looking to move on to a slightly less demanding job. I mean she would probably like to see her kids at least 3 hours a week. Plus Alec Baldwin was kind of a movie star before Tina Fey lured him into a sitcom, so he might want to get back to that quaint little lifestyle. And Tracy Morgan needs to be crazy full-time.
Between Steve Carell leaving The Office and this news (not to mention the existence of and Perfect CouplesOutsourced…) Thursday nights are looking to be a lot less funny in the near future. At least we have Community and Parks and Recreation. God help anyone who tries to take away my Parks and Recreation…