Is NBC’s 30 Rock imitating life imitating reality television? For the past two episodes, the storyline has focused on actor Tracy Jordan’s wife, Angie, getting her own Real Housewives-esque reality show. Culturally relevant! Everyone watches those shows! But last night’s episode, “Operation Rightous Cowboy Lightning“, dealt specifically with Tracy trying to stay out of Angie’s show, and failing that, having to put on a smiling face to avoid controversy before “awards season.”
Who does that remind us of? Oh yeah, Kelsey Grammer, whose soon to be ex-wife Camille used her estranged beau’s star power to launch her own reality show career in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and roped an unwitting Kelsey into the tabloid limelight after he begrudgingly appeared on a couple of episodes. Suddenly all of America cared about Fraiser’s hot, pregnant fiance (Kayte Walsh, who unfortunately lost the baby); commenting on his sexcapades during the time when the actor was up for a Tony for his role in La Cage aux Folles.
We’d chalk that up to coincidence, but 30 Rock recently had Grammer playing himself on an episde, as part of Jenna’s “Best Friends Gang” that try to pull off a long-con on a Baskin-Robbins.
What do you think? Was 30 Rock making a specific dig at Camille’s Real Housewives tactics, or just a general statement about the ridiculousness of these reality shows in general?