Saturday, May 18, 2024

“30 Rock” Casts Net for Celebrity Cameo for Premiere


You may be wondering, what’s happened to “30 Rock”? Even though Alec Baldwin is hosting the premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” the witty much loved satire doesn’t shoot its first episode of the new season until the week of October 3rd. Ostensibly because of Tina Fey’s maternity leave, the show has a late new season start date. It’s not even set yet, although November sweeps seem about right. By the time viewers see “30 Rock,” Alec Baldwin will have lost half a person in weight. So who knows how Fey will write that all in? For the premiere, “30Rock” is currently casting a New York based celebrity for some kind of visual joke. It can be an actor, singer, anything. Even a Kardashian. The only caveat is “New York based.” I guess they don’t want to pay for a lot of travel expenses. They also don’t want someone on Broadway who has an 8pm curtain. So it’s wide open, celebs. If you want to be lampooned, call NBC and toss your name in the hat.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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