As the brilliant “30 Rock” signs off tonight, fans of the show may sink into a certain form of withdrawal without their weekly dose of wacky, witty storytelling courtesy of Tina Fey and company.
But never fear, the forces behind the show have been prepping for this for quite some time, all the while amassing plenty of extra special material to give to fans via DVD.
If you haven’t yet taken in all of the bonus material on the “30 Rock” discs, you’re really missing out.
Aside from loads of commentary on many of the episodes, there are several making of mini-docs and much, much more.
The discs featuring season two of the show, which was shortened by the 2007 Writers Strike, show that there were no signs of lost creatvity due to the work stoppage. In fact, beause of the strike, the cast and crew preformed a live benefit performance of the show on the Upright Citizens Brigade stage in New York. That show, complete with live music and improvised commercials, is contained in full on the DVD release, as is a table read, a “30 Rock” panel discussion with cast and creators moderated by Brian Williams, and a backstage look at Tina Fey’s return to “Saturday Night Live” to host the show.
Season three features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a “30 Rock” episode that featured the muppets as well as commentary by Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin’s monologue from an appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” footage of several award acceptance speeches, and a ‘rant’ by Tracy Jordan. (yes, Jordan, not Morgan.)
Jon Hamm contributes to the season four release which also features an episode of “Cake Boss” in which the “30 Rock” crew is treated to not only a very special cake but the creation of an edible delight known as ‘Cheesy Blasters’ as well.
Some unique commentary takes place on the season five DVDs as Jack McBrayer (Kenneth) and his parents provide insight on an episode while award winning writer Aaron Sorkin takes a turn behind the mike to discuss the show’s landmark 100th episode.
While season six doesn’t have as many commentary tracks as previous seasons, there is quite a bit of behind-the-scenes material focusing on “30 Rock’s” second go at a live show. This first live show took place in season five. Several in-depth features about both live shows are featured on their respective DVD releases.
All of this material combined translates into hours and hours of fun for fans.
So, if you’re mourning the loss of “30 Rock,” don’t sulk just yet. You have so much more to watch!
The series finale of “30 Rock” airs tonight at 8/7c on NBC.
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