26 April 2012 7:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When recorded series go live, it’s usually hard to overcome the stuntiness of it all. (Alec Baldwin promised in a promo that the live 30 Rock would be “liver” than ever, so we all get to make up new words). But 30 Rock found a brilliant, hilarious meta-solution by making its live show about live TV. The conceit was that the show-within-the-show, Tgf, was about to stop being broadcast live, so Kenneth (Jack McBrayer’s performance gets slyer all the time) locks Liz Lemon and the rest of the Tgf staff in a room until they agree to protest the change. This led to flashbacks, in black and white, of vintage NBC shows, including a  Honeymooners homage called The Lovebirds, with Baldwin as a Ralph Kramden doppelganger (Baldwin can do anything, including a killer Jackie Gleason) and Tina Fey as an Alice Kramden clone with a secret. The Lovebirds was presented »

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