By now you’ve probably read a news article with the lede: “Ack! The ‘Cathy’ comic strip is ending!” Yes, it’s true. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, 60, announced yesterday that she will retire the 34-year-old comic strip in October for the usual reasons: to spend more time with her family and pursue other creative projects.
It’s as good a time as any to put the old girl down. After decades as a
swinging desperate single gal, the Cathy character married her cartoon beau, Irving, in 2005. Cathy’s other trials and tribulations — fending off both unwanted pounds and unwanted mothering — are neuroses she’ll apparently never get over.
As stereotypical as the “Cathy” comic strip (which I’ll admit I haven’t read regularly since high school) was regarding single ladies, I’m not about to say “Good riddance!” Yes, she was obsessed with finding a husband. Yes, she was obsessed with her scale. I’ll just say it: she was annoying. But “Cathy” was also pretty groundbreaking. Keep reading »
“I thought about eating less bread [before the Emmys], and then I decided that I wasn’t going to do that. I think there should be some kind of jumpsuit, like an orange jumpsuit, that you can just wear that just signifies that I’m out. I’m not trying this year. I’m a non-combatant in fashion.”
— Tina Fey, whose show “30 Rock” is nominated for several Emmys, has her priorities. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
“I have three sons and I feel my cycle as Tracy Morgan won’t be complete until I have a daughter. That’s the only way I’m going to be able to really, really feel differently toward women … I think things will be different once I have a daughter. You need that feminine energy in your life. As a man, to really respect and honor women, you have to have a daughter.”
—Tracy Morgan sounds like he intended this sentiment to be sweet, but it’s actually pretty douche-y, in my opinion. [Bust Magazine] Keep reading »
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in some beer-drenched frat house full of peeps who don’t understand “30 Rock” is satire. In last night’s episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) went for Lasig surgery—that’s an off-brand Lasik—and got her hair did in a ferocious new ‘do, all to look TV-ready for Jack’s new show, “Dealbreakers.” It backfired, of course, and that was even before the high-definition camera. [Hulu] Keep reading »
We’ve already told you about the “30 Rock” porn spoof, but now the for-realz TV show on NBC has hired a porn star to play Liz Lemon. Wait, Tina Fey is leaving the show?! Hardly. Mega-famous adult film actress Savanna Samson will play the porn version of Liz in tonight’s episode, titled “Into the Crevasse.” According to Ace Showbiz, “the synopsis from this week’s episode does not indicate clearly any storyline concerning a Porn Liz. It says that Tracy and Jenna both have reason to be angry with Liz and are determined to make her life miserable. Liz has to find a way to regain order over her life and the show.” Hmm, guess we’ll have to watch to find out! [Ace Showbiz] Keep reading »
And, no, it’s not called “30 C**k.” Porn company New Sensations — which produced porn spoofs based on hit shows like “The Office” and “Scrubs” — has released the XXX flick, featuring characters “Limon,” (based on Tina Fey’s “Liz Lemon”) “Trey Jordan,” (“Tracy Jordan”) and “Jake,” (“Jack Donaghy”). I’m pretty sure “Limon” is played by the same actress that portrayed “Sara Paylin” in “Nailin’ Paylin.” NYMag.com rightly points out that the skin flick does its parody well. “Someone out there in porn-making land has actually done their ’30 Rock’ homework — there’s even a TGS movie-parody-within-a-show-within-a-show-within-a-parody-porn scene. Color us impressed.” Check out the trailer here. Keep reading »
Yay! Everyone’s favorite Palin-impersonating, geeky-smart, bespectacled, funny gal is about to get a whole lot richer. Emmy winner Tina Fey’s hilarious show, “30 Rock,” whose commercial success has only recently started to catch up to its critical acclaim has been sold for syndication — where the real money is. Comedy Central and WGN outbid E! and TBS for rights to pay Universal Media Studios a combined $800,000 per episode, to air the show five nights a week beginning in a little over two years. For a show that’s been on the brink of cancellation, despite its many awards and critical acclaim, this is an astounding victory. If NBC is successful in securing buys from local stations as it’s trying to do, Tina Fey is pretty much guaranteed the comfiest of retirements when she decides to take one. We just hope that doesn’t happen for a LONG time. A new episode of the show, we’d be happy to see sooner rather than later, though. [via Variety via Vulture] Keep reading »
I’ve never watched an episode of “30 Rock,” but even I was a little intrigued by blogger Brian Lynch’s theory that Tina Fey’s sitcom is a rip-off of “The Muppet Show,” which I’ve actually watched and enjoyed. His evidence seems valid, but, you know, I’m no expert. Keep reading »