A grim outlook for sitcoms post-'30 Rock'
‘‘30 Rock’’ always skewered its own small stature at NBC and it went out that way, too. In the finale, Fey’s Liz Lemon pitches the newly minted NBC president Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) a show exactly like ‘‘30 Rock.’’ He has no interest, though, in a show about ‘‘an angry New York crankypants.’’
Lemon replies: ‘‘I'll go to cable where you can swear and really take time to let moments land,’’ at which point the scene abruptly shifts.
But the joke is a loving one. Lemon, like Fey, doesn’t really want a cult comedy on cable. The episode ends with a vision of a future with flying cars where a network executive (an age-defying Kenneth) happily bankrolls a show like ‘‘30 Rock’’ from Lemon’s great-granddaughter.
If that’s what it will take for a successor to ‘‘30 Rock,’’ we better start making cars fly.
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