"[10], Jack, believing that Don Geiss will give him the CEO job, and after learning about Liz's high school reunion, says "I wish I had a Princeton reunion right now. At the same time, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) feel threatened by NBC page Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) when he gets more laughs than they do in the elevator. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on December 4, 2008. They bring in two more mean girls, celebrity chef … "[27], Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, "Matt Hubbard (I) - Filmography by TV series", "Beth McCarthy-Miller — Filmography by TV series", "Marceline Hugot — Filmography by TV series", "Exclusive: 'Gossip' Girls Lively, Meester Invade '30 Rock, "Gossip Girl girls won't be on 30 Rock after all", "Tina Fey's Daughter Gets Her '30 Rock' Moment", "Tina Fey finds humor and inspiration in daughter Alice", "Familiarity and a Few Surprises at the Emmys", "Emmy predix: 'The Office' will win best comedy directing", "Emmy clawfest over best comedy actress: Tina Fey vs. Toni Collette (and watch out for Christina Applegate! [21], IGN contributor Robert Canning gave the episode an 8.9 rating out of 10 and wrote "...the real reason to watch, as always, was Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin and their fantastic comedic performances." Don Geiss (Rip Torn) wakes up from his diabetic coma and tells Jack he will remain CEO of General Electric (GE). Liz tries to regain the friendship of her classmates—Kelsey Whintrop (Robyn Lively), Erin O'Neil (Diane Neal), Rob Sussman (Steve Witting), and Diane (Susan Barrett)—without success. Notable funny moms Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Emma Thompson teach "motherspeak 101" on the Mother's Day SNL episode. Medina disliked that Tina Fey's Liz was portrayed in "unlikable light", and after insulting her former classmates at the high school reunion it "seemed a bit uncharacteristic and unflattering to her character. Like, 'I want to go [to] there!' Writer, comedian, and actress Tina Fey feels good about being Conan O’Brien’s friend; it tracks. Her parents introduced her to comedy at an early age: She also grew up watching Second City Television and cites Catherine O'Haraas a role model. [12] TV Guide's Matt Mitovich was positive about "Reunion", calling it a "nice" episode. Tina Fey is married to Jeff Richmond, composer for 30 Rock. [2] "Reunion" originally aired in the United States on December 4, 2008, on NBC as the fifth episode of the show's third season and the 41st overall episode of the series.[3]. Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and Paula Pell appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show as the "Tonight Show Aunts" and give advice on how to stay in touch during quarantine. Tina Fey is the latest celebrity apologizing for past behavior and insensitivity to racial issues. This is a reference to the 1976 horror film Carrie in which the title character is drenched with pig's blood. (Episode: "Queen of Jordan 2: Mystery of the Phantom Pooper") Emma Stone as herself (Episode: "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell") Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy, Jack's cold and overbearing mother. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our, Best Friends Challenge with Tina Fey (Extended Version). I'd wipe the smug smile off Michelle Obama's face", a reference to Michelle Obama who graduated from Princeton, and to her husband, Barack Obama, who won the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election. It was written by supervising producer Matt Hubbard and directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller. [14] Matt Hubbard won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series,[16] while Beth McCarthy-Miller received a nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. The same thing happens to Jenna and in retaliation, she starts singing "Wind Beneath My Wings", prompting Kenneth to start singing "99 Bottles of Beer", to which everyone in the elevator joins in. Four episodes of the NBC comedy - … [12] During the reunion, Liz's former classmates play Seven minutes in heaven, a game in which two people are selected to go into a closet or other dark enclosed space and do whatever they like for seven minutes, often kissing. (Episode: "Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky") Meow! "[26], Not all reviews were positive. Tina Fey asks to pull ’30 Rock’ episodes that featured blackface FILE - In this April 18, 2018 file photo, Tina Fey attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Love, Gilda" in New York. Guest stars in this episode include Susan Barrett, Marceline Hugot, Robyn Lively, Janel Moloney, Diane Neal, Rip Torn, and Steve Witting. [19] Hubbard was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for "Reunion",[20] but lost it in a tie to fellow 30 Rock writer Robert Carlock for the episode "Apollo, Apollo" and Modern Family's Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd for the pilot episode. "Reunion" was written by 30 Rock supervising producer Matt Hubbard, making it his fifth writing credit after "The Rural Juror", "Hard Ball", "The Collection", and "MILF Island". Four episodes of 30 Rock have been pulled from streaming services at the request of creator Tina Fey due to their use of blackface.. "30 Rock" creator and star Tina Fey has revealed she called for episodes featuring blackface to be removed from streaming platforms. "[23] Like Sepinwall, Bob Sassone of AOL's TV Squad was favorable to Jack going to the reunion, but most enjoyed the character impersonating Larry Braverman, observing it was a "well-used plot device" as Baldwin "made it believable". Jimmy and Tina Fey take turns drawing questions from the best friends box and guessing each other's answers. (Episode: "Meet the Woggles!") As revenge for upstaging them, Tracy and Jenna start doing his page duties which confuses Kenneth. [1] The episode was directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller, making it her fourth for the series. She is reluctant to attend as she was a lonely nerd but is persuaded to go by her boss, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). [4] This was actress Marceline Hugot's sixth guest spot in the series as Kathy Geiss, the daughter of Don Geiss. According to the Nielsen ratings system, it was watched by 7.2 million households during its original broadcast. 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The actor-comedian is asking that four episodes of … Jack in search of a drink ends up at the reunion as well, and is mistaken for a former popular student Larry Braverman and still unhappy with Geiss' decision, takes on the persona. Meanwhile, Don Geiss (Torn) wakes up from his coma only to inform Jack of his decision to remain CEO of General Electric (GE). [6] In September 2008, it was reported that actresses Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, who star on Gossip Girl, were set to guest star on the show as former high school classmates of Liz's in a flashback sequence,[7] but the appearances fell through. Jimmy and Tina Fey take turns drawing questions from the best friends box and guessing each other's answers. Stanley Tucci as Henry Warren, Jack's former colleague. Tina Fey, her 30 Rock co-creator Robert Carlock and NBCUniversal have asked streaming services to remove four episodes of the series featuring blackface. "Reunion" is the fifth episode of the third season of American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 41st episode of the series overall. "Reunion" has received generally positive reception from television critics. The reunion plot was so strong, and the Carrie finale so inspired, that I hope the viewership ratings reflect positively and encourage a continuance of this creative trend. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli shows Bobby Flay no mercy with fellow mean girl, the hilarious Tina Fey. The Haim- or … Matt Hubbard won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, while Beth McCarthy-Miller received a nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. Tina Fey Apologizes for 'Ugliness' of 30 Rock Episodes That Contain Blackface this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. After Tracy explains what Kenneth was doing, Kenneth feels terrible about it and swears never to upstage them again. [5] St. Cecilia's Catholic Church served as the high school where Liz Lemon attends her high school reunion. Jack, as Larry Braverman, persuades them to like Liz, until an ex-girlfriend (Janel Moloney) of Larry's reveals he has a son, at which point Jack confesses he is not Larry and Liz and Jack both make a quick escape whilst being booed off stage; Liz happily going back to mistreating her former classmates after they attempt to reenact the pig's blood scene from Carrie on her. He said that he found the second plot "a little underwhelming though I thought there was a neat meta-textual element to it", but wrote that it "scored some nice shots at the vapid narcissism of actors but it promised more than it could deliver. [11] Jeff Labrecque for Entertainment Weekly enjoyed the episode, and said that "Reunion" was the first episode of the season that "I think the show benefited from the refocused attention on its core characters. [6] Actress Robyn Lively, the half-sister of Blake Lively, guest starred in "Reunion" as Kelsey Winthrop, a former classmate of Liz's. “30 Rock” creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, along with the show’s owner NBCUniversal, have asked that four episodes of the series in which characters appear in blackface be re… [13], In its original American broadcast, "Reunion" was watched by 7.2 million households, according to the Nielsen ratings system. At the time, Fey was the head writer at Saturday Night Live, when Baldwin showed up to host an episode of the long-running show.Following the … Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) receives an invitation to her upcoming high school reunion in White Haven, Pennsylvania. [11] Later, Liz's classmates plan to "Carrie" her on stage as revenge for her being mean to them, but is stopped by Jack saying "we cannot Carrie Liz Lemon". )", "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced", "30 Rock, "Reunion": Mean, mean, mean girl", Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky, Queen of Jordan 2: Mystery of the Phantom Pooper, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Reunion_(30_Rock)&oldid=996966188, Television shows directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Television episode articles with short description and disambiguated page names, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 December 2020, at 11:34. "[13] Rick Porter of Zap2it said that despite the "super-capital-A-list guest stars" that guest starred at the beginning of the season, "Reunion" got back "to the show's core cast ... [and] the show gave us probably the best episode of the season. Ted Danson (left) as Mayor Neil Bremer and Bobby Moynihan as Jayden Kwapis in "Mr. Mayor," a new NBC sitcom from Robert Carlock and Tina Fey. tina fey requests nbcuniversal remove '30 rock' episodes containing blackface "Modern Family:" Undeck the Halls A still from "Undeck the Halls," the first "Modern Family" Christmas episode. [14] It received a 3.4 rating/8 share among viewers in the 18–49 demographic,[15] meaning that 3.4 percent of all people in that group, and 8 percent of all people from that group watching television at the time, watched the episode. [9] In an interview with the New York Daily News, Jane Krakowski, who portrays Jenna Maroney, revealed "Some of the great catchphrases of 30 Rock have come from Alice. T hroughout her career, Tina Fey has had a fascinating relationship with race as a source of comedy.From Mean Girls to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the … When they land in White Haven after a major snowstorm, Jack is stranded with her. Instead, the pretaped video “Friendship Song” was unveiled online at the end of the Tina Fey-hosted episode after being cut for time. [17] This episode was submitted for consideration on the behalf of Tina Fey for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the same awards show,[18] but lost it to actress Toni Collette. In the episode, Liz Lemon ( Tina Fey) is opposed to going to her high school reunion, but her boss, Jack Donaghy ( Alec Baldwin ), manages to convince her otherwise. Club's Nathan Rabin wrote that he was "much more amused" by Rob Sussman's "still-simmering rage" against Liz, because he "scored many of the show's biggest laughs." For example, both appeared in Mean Girls and they co-starred together in films like Baby Mama and Sisters . In the episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is opposed to going to her high school reunion, but her boss, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), manages to convince her otherwise. "Reunion" finished in ninth place in the weekly ratings for the week of December 1–7, 2008. Amazon's "Modern Love" anthology series can be a little too sweet, but a Tina Fey/John Slattery episode inspired by Denis Leary is more relatable. Distraught by the revelation, as Don had chosen Jack as the CEO to run GE, Jack decides to fly to Miami for a vacation, and offers to drop Liz off on the way to her reunion. 1993: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler meet at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic. The theater’s co-founder Charna Halpern introduced them to each other. [22] Television columnist Alan Sepinwall for The Star-Ledger wrote that Jack taking on the Larry Braverman persona "gave Baldwin a chance to play a delightfully goofy strain of those occasional glimpses we get of a happy Jack. "[25] Time contributor James Poniewozik opined that this episode was "pretty good" and "funny in most of the usual 30 Rock ways. Four episodes of 30 Rock in which characters appear in blackface are to be taken down, at the request of creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Canning responded favorably to the episode with the exception of the Tracy, Jenna, and Kenneth storyline, calling it "silly". It's so funny because I hear people say it on the street, and that was [Tina's] daughter! Tina Fey, creator and star of the Emmy Award-winning series "30 Rock," has asked streaming services to remove several of the show's episodes that feature White actors in blackface. [8] 30 Rock and Gossip Girl are shot next to each other at Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York. Obviously aware of how funny they are together, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have teamed up many times since they both left SNL behind. [11] At the reunion, Rob Sussman, a past classmate of Liz's, complains that Liz said he was gayer than the volleyball scene in the 1986 action film Top Gun. Tina Fey, fellow 30 Rock creator Robert Carlock, and NBC Universal have asked that four episodes of the show featuring white characters in Blackface be pulled from streaming and syndication. Jeremy Medina of Paste wrote that "Reunion" was "essentially unremarkable (especially in its portrayal of Liz)". Guest stars in this episode include Susan Barrett, Marceline Hugot, Robyn Lively, Janel Moloney, Diane Neal, Rip Torn, and Steve Witting. Actor Rip Torn made his sixth appearance on the show as GE CEO Don Geiss, after appearing in the episodes "The C Word", "Corporate Crush", "Jack Gets in the Game", "Succession", and "Sandwich Day". Tina and Conan sit down to discuss SNL-induced OCD, bringing Mean Girls to Broadway, husband Jeff Richmond’s mysterious recurring Conan role, getting over the “chipple,” and improvising like a writer.Plus, Conan responds to a voicemail about which president he’d like to eat. Tina Fey & Lorne Michaels Proud of "Mean Girls" at Tonys The funny gals have formed one of Hollywood's favorite friendships and we love it so much that we will use any excuse to … The episodes won't air on TV anymore. Meanwhile, at the 30 Rock studios, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), is shocked when NBC page Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) gets more laughs than he does in the elevator, compelling him to go to Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) for help. Comedians and BFFs Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch stop by 'Dressing Funny,' the fashion/comedy web series from 'Queer Eye' star Tan France, to get some tips on how to dress better. She is the daughter of Donald and Zenovia "Jeannie" Fey and her older brother is Peter. 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