I continue to watch NBC’s “30 Rock”, even though it is broadcast opposite more popular fare. I think this is a show that has moments of sublime comedy, but it needs to find its legs.
I watched “Jericho” up until “30 Rock” debuted, but it wasn’t a difficult show to stop watching. I found the characters on “Jericho” to be a little to stereotypical and felt that I was being manipulated by its makers. The story was interesting but only from an educational standpoint (like what to do about nuclear rain), and not from any suspenseful standpoint. I don’t care what happens to the town and the characters in them.
It’s not that I think “30 Rock” has less stereotypical characters exactly. In fact, I think Tina Fey’s character is a limp version of Mary-Tyler-Moore (on the TV show, not the actress), and the writers in the writing room are all rather pale. As for Tracy Morgan, he’s given very little to do. But the Alec Baldwin character is a real pleasure to watch, and so is Pete the page.
I hope NBC has patience with this show, and allows it to develop.