Saturday, October 13, 2012

What’s Going to Happen to 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan?

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30 Rock creator and star Tina Fey went on Jimmy Fallon’s late night recently, which always provides for great moments between the two friends and former co-hosts of weekend update on Saturday Night Live. She spoke a lot about dealing with the ups and downs of working on the last season of the show 30 Rock, and how she realized she will miss some of the talented people involved. Imagine being a fly on the wall during brainstorming and comedy development sessions with the likes of Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, and Tracy Morgan. The randomness of their conversation topics and tangents must be endless and constantly impressive to the passers-by. According to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan’s style behind camera and on camera sound virtually the same, and I’m sure the laughs going during filming are just as loud by the snack table. Tina Fey’s most intriguing point came from a half-joking, half-serious comment made about Tracy Morgan’s future. She mentioned that she was worried about what Tracy Morgan would do without her, and jokingly quipped that he would die without her. All joking aside, what will Tracy Morgan do?

Let’s face it, Tracy Morgan’s range has never been very widespread, and he’s basically playing himself on 30 Rock. So what kind of project could Tracy Morgan possibly find himself in over the next few years? Surely people will be trying to find him something, and I’m actually surprised in a way that we haven’t heard anything about a spin-off. Maybe the character of Tracy Jordan should be in his own show? Or maybe there should be a movie about making a movie with the famous Tracy Jordan, sort of along the lines of a Tropic Thunder, where Tracy Jordan looks to expand his range to a different kind of role. Maybe Tina Fey’s next project will bring him some work. After all, it does seem like Tina Fey has a kind of maternal instinct for Tracy Morgan, which is not surprising considering he is not unlike a small child. Either way, it will be fun to see what Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, and the rest of the crew on 30 Rock end up doing after the show comes to an end. I am certain their talent can translate into years and years of more laughs on small screens or big screens.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Is ABC Now Most Progressive Network?'

English: Seth MacFarlane at the 2010 Comic Con...
English: Seth MacFarlane at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What? Did you read that right? If you think I’m crazy, read on. Well, read on anyway.

There are two main reasons why ABC has made steps to being more progressive, sure maybe not the most progressive, but definitely not the least. (#CBS) Those two reasons are Modern Family and The Oscars’ new host Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy.

In a recent interview with Ty Burrell, he spoke about a new movie called Butter which is coming out this weekend, and how it takes a swing at typical prim and properness. On that subject, he touched on the subject of his show, Modern Family. It’s no secret that Modern Family features one of the most, if not the most prominent gay couples on television right now, and by far the funniest. No offense to the new normal, but Modern Family is funnier and they were the “new normal” before you were. Ty Burrell’s comments focuses on the idea that pop culture, including outlets like his show Modern Family, can truly help in the progression of social inequality. At first you hear a statement like that and think he’s a little bit up on a high horse, but his next comments make sense. He mentions how the couple of Cam and Mitch go through a lot of typical parenthood things on screen, and how that “normal” behavior sheds light on the idea of a gay couple being “normal”, and their loveable antics and wholesome outlook on life makes them better accessible. He even cited examples of people he knows in his family or just close friends whose conservative viewpoints have slightly changed over the years since Modern Family came on the air.

Next up in this debate is The Academy Award for best new Academy Award host decision. Seth McFarlane, despite what the head honchos say, was chosen to bring in a younger male audience, which has been lacking in the Oscar viewing demographic for years. However, I like the risk. Seth MacFarlane is not exactly a prominent figure in most other viewer groups. It’s likely his show Family Guy sparks something, but otherwise his name does not really ring a bell unless you’re a fan. Now, after hosting the season premier of Saturday Night Live, he’ll be hosting the Oscars. Seth MacFarlane can sing, and despite his dirty jokes on the show, he can actually be a very classy individual with refined tastes, much like the beloved dog Brian. I think it’s a fantastic choice on all levels, and ABC is doing well to approve some great new things showing on TV.