BOB HART OUT OF THE BOX
EVEN by its own manic standards, 30 Rock is particularly nuts at the moment as, in this country, it ticks over, neglected by all but the seriously hip and insomniacs, in a TV twilight zone.
Tonight’s show contains some very funny stuff. Some of which comes flying at you so fast you barely have time to absorb the insanity of it before the action has moved on, and left you gasping for breath. Some of the gags, also, are so LA, so showbiz and so obscure that it is hardly surprising our TV bosses, let alone most viewers, have been unable to come to grips with the essence of the show.
At one point in tonight’s show, which concerns the need for folk in the TV industry to have a Plan B because of the fragile nature of their employment, Jack (Alec Baldwin) delivers the following line: ‘‘ I’m remaking Knight Rider with the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile.’’ Geddit? No? Well . . . Let’s assume you know what Knight Rider was. And that there was a failed remake a couple of years ago that went nowhere.
Now, be aware there is a brand of frankfurter— Americans call them weiners — in the US called Oscar Meyer. And on the streets of LA, occasionally, you may spot a large van shaped like a sausage. It’s called the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile. And it’s very 1960s, and very silly. Certainly not smart. Geddit now? No? Still nothing? Anyway . . .
With TGS in crisis because of the absence of Tracy, who claims to be in Africa, reestablishing his roots or some such thing, the show goes into forced hiatus, which is not good news. The team empty their desks and look elsewhere for work. This is serious. Or as Jack puts it: ‘‘ Our industry is dying while folk are playing Angry Birds and poking each other on Facebook. What IS poking, anyway?’’
Good question, Jack. Too cool. But getting back to the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile, just for a moment . . . 30 Rock Channel 7, 10.45pm ***
Rocking: Alec Baldwin