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"30 Rock" Last Night, "Black Donnellys" Gets an Air Date

By admin Published: February 2, 2007

"Just one. It's not the White House," and more comments after the jump ...

This morning I made a run to the bank, dropped some things off for an auction at 91.3 The Summit, wrote my DVD column, compiled the list that goes with the DVD column, did some paperwork, selected and answered three Pop Quiz questions for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, fought a headache and ... finally made it home, where to wind down I pulled out the review copy of last night's "30 Rock" that let me save some space in the DVR.

As good as the show is when it's smart and poking fun at the TV business, there's a silly streak to it that shows the series takes neither itself nor its characters too seriously. And there was a LOT of silliness in this episode. Paul Reubens is fearless about that sort of thing (and was hysterical) and Isabella Rosselini proved a trouper. Still, it's the regulars who make the show -- Fey, Krakowski, Baldwin, Morgan and all, with Jack McBrayer getting the line of the night:

"You remember the movie 'Footloose,' where those evil kids won in the end?"

Runners-up:

"You know I've always reminded myself of Grace Kelly."

"She's much sharper than the last girl you had. What was her name?" "Beyonce."

As for "Black Donnellys," here's the NBC announcement:

NBC's new mid-season drama "The Black Donnellys" will premiere on Monday, March 5 (10-11 p.m. ET) -- following the hit drama "Heroes" (9-10 p.m. ET) – while the new comedy "Andy Barker, P.I.," starring Andy Richter, will debut on Thursday, March 15 (9:30-10 p.m. ET), it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (currently Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET) will return later this season on a date to be determined. "30 Rock" will return to its previous Thursday (9:30-10 p.m. ET) day and time with original episodes on April 19 after "Andy Barker" completes its slate of episodes.

Academy Award winners Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (both for "Crash") are the creators and executive producers of "The Black Donnellys," a gritty new crime-drama series filmed in New York City and loosely based on Moresco's background.

The series follows the exploits of four young, working-class Irish-American brothers and their involvement in organized crime in New York City. The Donnelly brothers will do anything to protect each other against all odds.

The ensemble cast includes Kirk Acevedo, Thomas Guiry, Billy Lush, Keith Nobbs, Michael Stahl-David, Jonathan Tucker and Olivia Wilde. The pilot was directed by Haggis, who also wrote the Academy Award-winning "Million Dollar Baby."

"The Black Donnellys" is a production of NBC Universal Television Studio in association with Blackfriars Bridge Productions.

In the comedy "Andy Barker, P.I.," Richter ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien") re-teams with Conan O'Brien (series co-creator and executive producer). Richter portrays Andy Barker, an earnest, hard-working CPA who has succeeded at everything -- until his new accounting business fails to take off. But when he's mistaken for Lew Staziak (Harve Presnell, "Fargo"), the retired private detective who used to occupy his storefront office, Andy embraces the twist of fate and dives into his double life.

Andy's relentlessly supportive wife Jen (Clea Lewis, "Ellen") isn't sold on this risky new venture, that is, until she notices a sudden boost in Andy's self-confidence. Andy's fellow strip mall neighbors -- Simon (Tony Hale, "Arrested Development") and Wally (Marshall Manesh, "Will & Grace") join him in the dicey investigations.

This comedy series was created by O'Brien and former "Late Night" head writer Jonathan Groff ("Ed"), who executive-produce the series with Jeff Ross and David Kissinger. "Andy Barker, P.I." is from NBC Universal Television Studio and Conaco.

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