Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tina Fey Goes Jokeless For Two Hours

You know, the things you find when you're looking for something else sometimes. What I was looking for was word on when the new season of 30 Rock would get started.

What I found was what Tina Fey's evidently been doing in the meantime. Namely, she has been hosting a pair of hour-long specials for NPR called 'The Hidden World of Girls'. (Parts 1 and 2 linked respectively.) And if you didn't get told outright it was Tina, you'd never ever guess it. There is not a joke here for miles that isn't there totally by accident, which is kind of the opposite of what you would expect any time you see her, and normally what she expects of herself.

It makes more sense once you think about it a bit, given Tina's drive towards giving women a larger and more respectable platform in media and the rest of society (much of which she's had to do if for no other reason than to make opportunities for herself), but it still just looks really, really strange to see- or, as the case may be, hear- stories about nomads in Ireland and hunters in Mississippi and birth control education in Nigeria... introduced by Liz Lemon. Not to take anything away from it. I applaud it. It's just weird is all.

By the way, no date's been announced for the 30 Rock season premiere. It looks to be part of the midseason lineup.

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