30 Rock: A One-Time Special (2020)
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) seems to have adapted quite well to the pandemic, as she has no problem shaming someone for not wearing a mask. She even has a second layer that’s got a picture of her screaming mouth on it.
When she gets back to her apartment, she sees some muffins, and gets a FaceTime from her old boss, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). He’s retired, lounging around at his estate. He tells Liz that the current NBCUniversal chairman, former page Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) wants Jack to oversee a reunion of TGS as a way to promote NBCU’s new property, Peacock (more on this later). Liz wonders if Friends is on the streamer, but gets slapped by a feature on Jack’s “iPhone 40.”
Even though Liz is out of TV and doesn’t really want to deal with talking to her former writers or actors, but she’s also getting pushed around by her teenage daughter and Jack thinks it would be good for the “otherwise unemployable” staff to get working again, for the economy’s sake. She first reaches out to Frank Rossitano (Judah Friedlander), Lutz (John Lutz) and “Toofer” (Keith Powell), who doesn’t want to be called that anymore. She reaches out to producer Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit), who’s become a middle-aged rocker. Then she reaches out to Jack’s old assistant Johnathan (Maulik Pancholy), who now produces horror movies.
Next, she does what she’s been dreading: Reach out to TGS stars Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski). Tracy is living in Canada with huge fish tanks everywhere, and he doesn’t really act anymore; he just reads the dictionary in front of a green screen. Jenna has been “cancelled” after pooping in Mandy Moore’s thermos. Liz tried to get other NBCU stars to replace Jenna but Jenna desperately Zoom-bombed a call between Liz and Khloe Kardashian and convinced Liz to cast her.
Liz gets everyone together and they call Kenneth, who has a very familiar looking assistant named Vivica. He doesn’t want a TGS reunion, he tricked everyone into calling in so he can guilt them over not attending his TGS reunion parties on Zoom. He “bloops” everyone off in favor of his NBCU “friends” like Dwayne Johnson and Al Roker. The next day he plays charades with more NBCU people, including Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Andy Cohen, Mike Tirico and more. But he’s not happy at how they laugh at all his stupid lines and never tell him the truth.
To make up for the slight, Liz, Jack, Tracy and Jenna plan to Zoom-bomb him (even though they’re using Webex) on his upfront presentation to advertisers. He brings them into a private room and asks Liz and Jack to be honest about the shows he picked for the new season. To his surprise, they love what he picked.
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