Actress Elaine Stritch passed away today at age 89. An outspoken Broadway star, Tony Award nominee, style icon, and Jack Donaghy’s mom on “30 Rock,” Elaine was a woman who was never afraid to say what she felt. One of her most legendary roles was as an aging society woman in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company,” in which she brought the house down with her performance of the darkly humorous song “The Ladies Who Lunch.” For years, Elaine glamorously lived at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan. She was a fixture of New York City, and in 2003, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared her a Living Landmark. She died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. [New York Times, People]
Tina Fey is producing a new NBC series, and no, the show is not about girls who have been abducted, as was previously rumored. It was also believed that NBC wasn’t too thrilled with the script and was worried that it may be offensive. As it turns out, the series will tell the story of a woman who escaped a doomsday cult and is starting her life over in New York City. Insert sigh of relief. I’m not so sure a comedy about abduction would’ve been too funny.
Ellie Kemper, who played the hilarious Erin on “The Office,” will star in the series. Fey will write and produce the show with David Miner and Robert Carlock. The show will debut in fall 2014 — and we’re already excited. [Dallas Voice; Defamer; ABC News]
“For seven years I would literally pull something off the floor because it was 6 o’clock in the morning, go to work, put on my wardrobe until the end of the day, put on what were basically pajamas and then go home. I don’t actually know what I like to wear in real life. It’s going to be a period of terribly awkward experimentation. Like middle school all over again. Perhaps I’m a person who wears a blouse with an ascot? Dark green nails? I think it’s going to be a series of caftans.”
– Tina Fey could totally make caftans a thing. Maybe she’ll bring back the fanny pack? I believe in her. [Time] [Photo: Paola Kudacki for TIME Style & Design]
We are beyond sad that “30 Rock” is ending this week. We’ll always have syndication, but in the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of 21 of the most important life lessons we’ve learend from Liz, Jack, Jenna and the rest of the TGS gang. Please enjoy and share your favorite “30 Rock” quotes in the comments!
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As the final episode of “30 Rock” quickly approaches, the cast and crew have been releasing some special behind-the-scenes clips, and this one, in which Tina Fey shows us around Liz Lemon’s office, has to be my favorite so far. The best part? The framed Bust cover featuring Fey’s real-life BFF Amy Poehler that’s hanging on the wall of Liz Lemon’s office (mindfuck, right?). “This makes the world collapse a little bit,” Fey explains. “I just really like that picture of her, so I put it up, even though if that’s Amy Poehler, then who am I?” [NBC]
Sometimes life imitates TV — and not in a good way. In a bombastic, ridiculous, I-can’t-believe-I’m-watching-this way.
Take LeAnn Rimes performing on “The X-Factor” Wednesday night with finalist Carly Rose Sonenclar. Rimes pulls a total Jenna Maroney (from “30 Rock”), and attempts to upstage a child, just like Maroney did on the fictional singing show “America’s Kidz Got Singing.” Except LeAnn is a real person. Or, like, a sort of real person. Don’t believe us? Check out this clip of Maroney dueting with a blonde moppet on “30 Rock” earlier this year, after the jump!
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On last night’s “30 Rock,” Liz Lemon was honored with an award at Women in Media’s “80 Under 80 Who Aren’t Betty White” gala event. The only problem? The audio/visual aids weren’t properly working, and you know a room full of women had no idea how to solve the problem. I mean, blowing on it always works, right?
No wonder Liz Lemon is getting hitched! I mean, wouldn’t you want to put a ring on it? Real talk: Tina has never looked better.