This week in head-exploding theories, writer Brian Lynch claims that “30 Rock” is essentially a rip-off of “The Muppet Show,” and I have to admit, some of the parallels are pretty uncanny. His words:
Each week, our smart yet neurotic lead character has to manage a group of wacky misfits and put on a weekly sketch comedy show. Which show am I talking about? 30 ROCK plays like NBC went to JJ Abrams and told him to reboot THE MUPPET SHOW. [...]
[On Liz Lemon/Kermit the Frog:] Both are the most normal people on their respective shows. Both are unlucky at love. Both are neurotic worrywarts and type-a personalities who slow burn into a crazy breakdown once per episode. AND both have some kind of flirtation with the guest stars that ultimately goes nowhere.
It goes on from there, with Jane Krakowski as Miss Piggy, Tracy Morgan as Gonzo, and Kenneth the Page as Scooter. The only hole in his argument is the idea that Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy is some combination of Sam the Eagle, Fozzie Bear, and Statler and Waldorf. Man, I love Statler and Waldorf. Even when I was five, they were my favorite characters. I guess I’ve always identified with mean-spirited people who make fun of things. By the way, nice pants, fatass.