Two of the best sitcoms of all time could be headed towards each other
Tina Fey has good news and bad news about the possibility of a 30 Rock reboot.
The bad news is, she says that the reboot idea is “going nowhere”. This is a dreadful shame - loads of other shows from that era seem to be coming back, and she still works with Jane Krakowsi on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and both Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan showed up on the episode of SNL she hosted last month (as did, thinking about it, Donald Glover, who used to write on 30 Rock), so it all seemed pretty plausible. Ah well.
The good news is: what she has in mind as an alternative is magnificent - a spinoff featuring her 30 Rock character Liz Lemon and Amy Poehler’s Parks & Recreation character Leslie Knope.
“Amy’s willing to do a Parks & Rec reboot,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Maybe we should just do a Liz Lemon, Leslie Knope spinoff.”
That would, for myriad reasons, be amazing. While 30 Rock was always a bit more cynical than Parks & Rec’s wholesome idealism, the shows definitely shared a certain sensibility - a love of wordplay, silly names, surreal background jokes and a central platonic younger-female-mentee, older-male-mentor relationship.
Fey and Poehler have worked together loads of times, from years spent together on Saturday Night Live to their two co-starring films Baby Mama and Sisters (and Poehler’s hilarious part in Fey’s Mean Girls), yet surprisingly Fey never showed up on Parks & Rec, and Poehler only had a brief cameo in a live episode of 30 Rock.
Whether Fey’s spinoff idea happens or not, the pair of them will soon be seen on screen together again. They both star in Wine Country, Poehler’s upcoming directorial debut about a group of friends spending a weekend celebrating a 50th birthday by drinking huge amounts of wine. Lovely stuff.
Lest anyone forget for the briefest of seconds how badass Amy Poehler is, look at the answers she gave in this magazine interview:
(Pics: Getty, NBC)