Alec Baldwin, Emmys no-show, celebrates start of '30 Rock' syndication
Alec Baldwin's getting flak for not attending the Emmys. He was, after all, a lead actor nominee. But he has other things on his mind, like sitcom mega-success, as "30 Rock" goes into syndication Monday.
"30 Rock in syndication begins today. Nationwide!" reads a recent post on Baldwin's Twitter account. That tweet was preceded by Emmy-related tweets of congratulations to various parties, including Jim Parsons and Kyle Chandler and the "Friday Night Lights" folks. Evidence, apparently, that he's not nursing hurt feelings over a joke being cut from his opening bit at the Emmys. He subsequently asked producers to dump him and didn't come to the Emmys at all. Why'd he skip out? It seems he wanted to go to Tony Bennett's birthday party.
Still, Baldwin wasn't thrilled with how things played out. He'd been scheduled to open the show with a skit with Emmys host Jane Lynch in which he was to play a fictional network TV president. As he noted on Twitter: "Fox did kill my News Corp. hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little."
"30 Rock" aired its syndication-landmark 100th episode in April. The Los Angeles Times' Meredith Blake noted that that particular "event" episode was "so constrained by formula" that, like other shows as they hit No. 100, it was less than inspired: "Though the 100th episode of "30 Rock" had some ripping one-liners it was, in the end, forgettable."
Not forgettable was the "30 Rock" syndication deal with Comedy Central, which reportedly is paying the highest price per episode for a comedy in cable-syndication history.
-- Amy Hubbard
Photo: Alec Baldwin, left, and Elton John were among those on hand for Tony Bennett's 85th birthday event at New York's Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday, the same night as the Emmys. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images