Well, I didn’t mean to get your hopes up. Actually, crossing the streams of the two best sitcoms on TV these days would be the kind of stunt that neither show would have any interest in pulling. Hopefully. Though 30 Rock would probably get a much needed kick in the ratings caboose if Dwight or Michael ever wandered over from Dunder Mifflin Corporate Headquarters. However, the show is already busy enough just trying to accommodate the endless supply of really big names (Seinfeld, Gore, Killah) that are keen on yucking things up with Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy “Mind Grapes” Morgan. The crafters of 30 Rock somehow make this heavy heap of cameos work. It typically stinks when show goes that route (Will & Grace, The Two Coreys), but the show’s writing is just too damn inventive and spectacular to let that happen, I guess.
Can you tell I like the show? The Office ain’t bad either!
Anyway, Shawn Levy, the TV turned movie director of Cheaper by the Dozen, Steve Martin’s Pink Panther reboot, and (give me a moment to let my stomach settle before I press on) the Night at the Museum series….
(:::If you’ll please excuse him, the author of this article has just politely upchucked into a bucket and strategically placed it under Levy’s upcoming quote.)
Levy has had a chocolate in peanut butter moment! He’s pairing Tina Fey and Steve Carell in a movie called Date Night. According to Daily Variety, the sometimes destroyer of worlds had this to say about the project:
“I wanted to do a relatable, grounded character comedy about marriage and the lengths we go to preserve the spark. Tina and Steve are smart and relatable, and the tone of their comedy perfectly fits this film.”
Levy then proceeded to accidentally step in a throw up-filled bucket, skid down a flight of stairs, and plop into a large, just-delivered wedding cake. The calamity, of course, was set to the tune of OK Go’s Here it Goes Again.
This really seems like a no-brainer pairing. Carell, obviously, is a movie star – he’s just coming off of the money-raking Get Smart. And Fey has just begun sowing her oats in theaters. Her flick Baby Mama was a modest hit earlier this year, and she is co-starring with Ricky Gervais (from the original Office!) in 2009’s hotly anticipated (around these parts, at least) This Side of the Truth. Both Fey and Carell have unique comedic perspectives, and it’ll be fun watching them play off of each other. I just wish is was in one of those non-Levy sandboxes.