A good Thursday night of television that in addition to Fringe’s Dr. Walter Bishop actually wearing a tinfoil hat, included a 30 Rock shout out to one of my favorite shows, ESPN’s Around The Horn (5pm ET).  The spoof,  Sports Shouting, is billed as the time slot competition that always beats the fictional TGS in the ratings.


I wish Around The Horn could add fake crawls under the panelists.  If you have it on your DVR, though the two spoof scenes aren’t on the screen long, it’s worth using the slow motion feature to catch the crawls.  My favorite was the one of all the soccer scores where every score was 0-0 (see picture below).

So in the picture above a Woody Paige clone in the top left and I’m not sure if that’s Tim Cowlishaw clone top right or a mashup between him and Bill Plaschke.   A raging J.A. Adande in the lower left, or is that a raging  Kevin Blackistone?  Jay Marriotti clone lower right.  With the exception that they didn’t find a way to work host Tony Reali in, they nailed it!

In the picture below Tracy Jordan in one of his many (according tot he story) guest appearances.


As of this writing yet, the 30 Rock episode is not up yet on Hulu, though it is available on NBC.com.

P.S. I didn’t really love last night’s Fringe episode, but the tin foil hats on Walter and Astrid made for a funny image and a not-so-subtle poke at itself and the pseudo-science the show covers.

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