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Tina Fey’s 30 Rock Will Use Kim Jong-Il’s Death

Submitted by on January 5, 2012 – 11:34 am2 Comments
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When news broke last month of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il‘s death, Americans let out a collective expression of fear and worry: Did Lil’ Kim just die? A smaller group of people were concerned over instability within one of the world’s most unpredictable and dangerous nuclear powers. But a truly special group immediately wondered: How will this affect 30 Rock? Fortunately, producer and writer Robert Carlock has now hinted at an answer.

NBC’s hilarious primetime show incorporated North Korea into its plot last season, when Avery Jessup (played by Elizabeth Banks) was kidnapped by the diminutive dictator himself (played by Margaret Cho), and forced to marry successor Kim Jong-Un. This left Jessup’s husband Jack (Alec Baldwin) to raise their newborn alone, while figuring out how to rescue his wife. A trailer video for 30 Rock‘s upcoming season, released just weeks before Kim’s death, clearly address the North Korea plot (around 2:20):

As soon as the world found out about Kim’s demise, Twitter lit up with (among other things) speculation about the show. Banks responded good-naturedly (and a little sarcastically), “Appreciate all the concern over Avery Jessup’s fate now that Kim Jong Il has died. We’re at a pivotal moment in history.”

Finally, Carlock spoke to Us Weekly about the rumors:

“Jack’s love life is pretty complicated and it just got more complicated because I think, technically, Avery is the First Lady of North Korea,” Carlock explains to Us.

“We sort of went back to the script because we’d already shot eight or nine episodes and we realized that luckily we hand’t referred to King Jong Il by name yet — just to North Korea in general,” says Carlock…["We] can’t go back and address the changes there, but the fun puzzle is turning around and trying to figure out how to get her out of there and how to continue things.”

What do you think? What should happened to Avery and the rest of the gang?

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2 Comments »

  • Derek says:

    A new North Korea plot is not being mentioned. The clip at 2.20 is from a previous season.

  • Ben Glaser says:

    Sorry if my language wasn’t clear. But I didn’t mean that a “new” North Korea plot is mentioned; I meant that the trailer refers to the pre-existing plot from last season, implying that North Korea was already being incorporated into new season even before this news broke.

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