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Old 04-26-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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30 Rock "Live From Studio 6H" S6E19 4/26/12

30 Rock is doing a live episode again tonight. One for the east coast and then again for the west coast. I think last time they did it both versions were available on Hulu. So people can see the version that was not broadcast in their area.

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Old 04-27-2012, 03:09 AM   #2
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I liked it...both versions. I was going to try to remember all the differences, but The Hollywood Reporter did it for me: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...on-hamm-317218


The biggest difference was the surprise walk-on at the start. I wonder if McCartney was a genuine surprise because Baldwin seemed a little taken aback.

The other significant difference was that Jon Hamm was Baldwin's co-anchor during the Apollo 13 segment on the East coast, but it was Brian Williams on the West coast feed.

The other differences were mostly minor dialog changes. I was surprised that the segment with Donald Glover as young Tracy was the same on both versions because Glover apparently hardly ever does the same punchline twice when they're shooting Community.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:11 AM   #3
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I've only watched the East coast so far.

I got caught up with paying attention to quick costume changes.

At one point Alec's hair was very sweaty.

I also found myself looking for each actor in the "locked room" immediately after they appeared in a skit. Most of it was accomplished with camera angles.

I liked Jon Hamm doing a character that was basically Tracey Jordan and Tracey's character calling it offensive.

Grizzly Adams nightgown!
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:12 AM   #4
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I thought it was hysterical.

In the East Coast show, one of the SNL guest stars (Fred Armisen I think) dressed up as Frank and sat in Tracy's office in one scene. His hat said Frank 2.0.

Him leaning in and stealing the spotlight from Jimmy Fallon in the telethon scene was great.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:17 AM   #5
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Liz had one line mess up in the East Coast version, but otherwise they did pretty well.

I was really impressed with Jane Krakowski. She was great, knew every line, a pretty flawless performance considering they asked her to actually do some acting and not just skit work.

There was a lot of giggling of the cast in Tracy's office during the flashbacks. They would cut back to the office and you could definitely seem smirking and such. The Dutch (I think?) lady was especially bad.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:49 AM   #6
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This was a fantastic episode. I hope they do more live shows.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:05 PM   #7
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Excellent episode. The surprise guest stars were great (Poehler, Hamm, Glover, McCartney, Armisen), as well as the recurring guests Forte and Parnell.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:38 PM   #8
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I loved the Mad Men Zou Bisou Bisou reference at the end.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:37 PM   #9
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The NBC peacock in black-and-white? Ohhhh, "30 Rock."

(For that matter, Liz's mic flag in the Apollo 13 news broadcast was the early '80s "N+peacock" logo -- but that's much less of an issue.)
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #10
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My favorite part of the entire episode might have been the expression on Tracy Morgan's face when they cut back to him after saying his character was made to honor the contract.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #11
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Loved this episode! I knew it would be good when Dr. Spaceman made an appearance. It moved into "wet dream" territory when both Alec Baldwin and Jon Hamm were in the same skit, though. Yum. ;-)
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:07 PM   #12
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Looks like I'm the minority on this one... It's always funny to come here after a show because I try to peg what the general reception is gonna be and I thought this would get a "less than warm" lashing. I didn't think it was horrible, and was impressed how pretty much everyone nailed it, especially with some of the characters doing set/costume changes with no delay... When it cut to the honeymooner's parody it took me a minute to remember it was live so it must have been a bitch to bolt from one set to the next and do a costume change in what seemed like 30 seconds. And like mentioned, there was really only one or two line flubs.

I don't know, I didn't think it was nearly as funny as regular episode... A couple of good lines (Hazel's wildfire line, Jack saying "let's shoot a year's worth of show's in two weeks like Fox News), and the news broadcast was pretty funny ("they never found Jaime Miller, but the lady who did the report that day went on to be a wife..."). I thought the Honeymooner's skit was horrible--I couldn't figure out where the comedy was supposed to be.

It was ok but if I'm judging based on how much I actually laughed, it was way behind what the show usually does. Props for pulling it off though, although I guess with the amount of SNL blood running through it, it's probably not that much of a stretch. It's probably a vacation for them since it's only 22 minutes.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:04 AM   #13
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I love this show but this episode was horrible. I didn't smile once. There was nothing funny or even remotely amusing to me.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:32 AM   #14
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I have to agree with MrDazzo, while I enjoyed the show, I enjoyed it significantly less than previous episodes.

I can't put a finger on why though.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:49 AM   #15
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I was really impressed with Jane Krakowski. She was great, knew every line, a pretty flawless performance considering they asked her to actually do some acting and not just skit work.
Nearly perfect. "Dusty" did sing the second line of the chorus twice in a row (West coast), but not a huge deal.

Enjoyed the Laugh-In rip with Tina as Gladys (and Baldwin as the Alan Sues/Paul Lynde hybrid on the West coast).

Brian Williams as the sexist David Brinkley was a hoot.

West coast got robbed - Kim K instead of Sir Paul?

K Schaal was pretty funny too. The series of I'm-not-talking-about-Hollywood lines was well done.

Wasn't enthused with the idea of them going back to this well, but it turned out okay. But they definitely should NOT do a third.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:44 AM   #16
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In the East Coast episode, "Dusty" spoke with a Southernish accent, which she fixed into a British accent for the West coast one.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:09 AM   #17
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I liked it ok, but I prefer regular episodes. Live is a nice gimmick once in a blue moon. The cameos were fun.

But I hated the live "look." The tight camera shots to conceal the background and set limitations. The bouncing of the handheld cameras. I'm glad they only do this infrequently.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:38 PM   #18
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In the East Coast episode, "Dusty" spoke with a Southernish accent, which she fixed into a British accent for the West coast one.
I noticed that too.

Was it just me, or was the audience for the West Coast feed not as enthused as the East Coast one?
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:26 PM   #19
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I guess I agree with some of the dissenters -- not as funny as a usual episode, but I still appreciate it as a gimmick once in a while (once a season maybe?). Then again, it looks like next season will be their last.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:49 PM   #20
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I just watched the West Coast video. What the heck did Kim Kardashian say to Alec Balsdwin at the end? I replayed it four times and couldn't figure it out.

East coast feed was much better with Paul McCartney! I also enjoyed Jenna's opening more than Danny's opening.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:07 PM   #21
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Last year's live ep was horrible, but they seem to have gotten it down this year. Loved every bit of it, though I would've preferred to see Brian Williams in the East Coast feed (I haven't watched the west yet). Donald Glover was great.

Loved it. It was a nice contrast to how I feel the rest of the season has gone so far. General opinion among the critics seems to be that Tracy and Jenna are much less annoying this year, but I couldn't disagree more, particularly with Jenna.
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I just watched the West Coast video. What the heck did Kim Kardashian say to Alec Balsdwin at the end? I replayed it four times and couldn't figure it out.
She told him that she broke his toilet.
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Loved it. It was a nice contrast to how I feel the rest of the season has gone so far. General opinion among the critics seems to be that Tracy and Jenna are much less annoying this year, but I couldn't disagree more, particularly with Jenna.
Totally agree. Both characters are extremely annoying, and Jenna is especially bad this year.
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Wow, I really disagree, at least on Jenna. I've enjoyed her relationship with Paul, especially the episode where they were 'normaling'. That was great.
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Totally agree. Both characters are extremely annoying, and Jenna is especially bad this year.
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Was Paul McCartney a surprise to Baldwin? Alec looked like he was a bit surprised.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:39 PM   #27
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It was a good one. Never understand all the hate.

I watched both versions, interesting the Dutch(?) chick was cracking up at the same point in both.

I do like that they do this, the cast is talented enough to take it on. But just once a year is good enough.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:59 AM   #28
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My favorite was the newscast with Liz as the non-male newscaster.

"Miss... is your father or a policeman nearby?"

"This just in. Our male news anchor is missing"!
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I really liked it. I thought it was one of the best of the season. Tina did mess up one line, but quickly corrected it, otherwise I thought they did great. Loved Dr. Spaceman's little commercials, and I loved the Honeymooner's parody, where the Alec character played with Ralph Kramden's bang zoom and made it seem like wife beating.
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Loved this episode! I knew it would be good when Dr. Spaceman made an appearance.
In the West Coast version, Dr. Spaceman (Gay Doctor) had the posters in the background as cutaway illustrations of a penis instead of lungs for the black & white 50s bit, and switched back to lungs for the color commercial for today.

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I thought the Honeymooner's skit was horrible--I couldn't figure out where the comedy was supposed to be.
The comedy was in mocking the seething threats of domestic violence by exaggerating Ralph Kramden's "Some day, Alice, BANG! ZOOM! To the Moon!" with more explicit threats of murder.
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