ALSO, yesterday (May 6th) was the 10 year anniversary of the series finale of Friends! YEARS!!!!!!!! I still remember coming home from CCD (it was on a Thursday, duh) and taking over my mom’s room so I could sit, cry, and watch the finale! Do you remember where you were when the last episode of Friends aired?

I know I’m a day early for #ThrowbackThursday, but I wanted to throw it back to my birthday last year. I spent the day in NYC and while we did a lot of different things (Hard Rock Cafe, Cupcakes by Melissa, etc) I spent most of my birthday in the NBC Experience Store at 30 Rock. I even got to do Top Of The Rock which is an amazing attraction that 30 Rock offers. Check it out here.

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NBC Birthday Presents

So this past weekend was my birthday (21st! woo!) and because my family and friends know me so well, a lot of my birthday gifts had to do with NBC or NBC stars.

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The top picture is all the gifts grouped together. In the middle row, from left to right, we have…

1) a card my best friend gave me that said you’re the Tina to my Amy (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, DUH)

2) an Alex and Ani bracelet that she got me as well. It’s a lobster because she’s my lobster :) <3

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3) A “Luncheonette” mug. (The recording studio from Parenthood)

4) Pins with Tina Fey’s lovely face.

Then on the bottom row we have…

1) Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America. (My mom gave it to me from my dog and called it “PAW”nee. Pretty cute lol For those of you who watch Parks and Rec you may remember that Leslie actually did write a book, called “A History of Pawnee, Indiana”. I wonder if it’s the same book? Hmm..

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2) An NBC Peacock pillow that I couldn’t help but order for myself. It’s super comfy and I definitely suggest getting one.

3) A Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon t-shirt (that glows in the dark!!!!)

Most of these gifts were purchased from the nbcuniversal website or from sellers on Etsy. Leave a comment if you have any questions on where to get anything!

 

 

 

Tan Pasha Interview (#keanreporting)

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One night when a 17-year old Tan Pasha was watching a game on ESPN, he felt bored and uninterested, which was odd because he loves sports! He realized it was the commentator that was nearly putting him to sleep, even though the game was really exciting. At that moment, he thought, “I would love to be in this guy’s position.” So, ever since that day nearly 5 years ago Tan has been pursuing his dream to be an on-air news and sports caster.

For most people, being on TV and being seen by hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people can be very nerve-racking. However, when Tan thinks of the possibility of reaching that many people, he gets excited. “The only time I’m nervous is when there’s like a lack of preparation,” he explains. “But being on camera doesn’t make me nervous, I think it’s fun.”

Some of his favorite sports casters include Chris Berman, Joe Buck, Gus Johnson, Stuart Scott, and Stephen A. Smith. Although he doesn’t watch much else besides sports programs, Tan says whenever he does tune into the news to see what’s going on in the world, he thinks Brian Williams does a great job. “He’s really serious and good at what he does, but when he;s not talking about sad world news and stuff like that he’s a funny guy. I like that.” (I knew I had a good feeling about Tan when we first sat down… smart guy! :) )

When it comes to his style of broadcast and speaking on-air, Tan says he emulates Stephen A. Smith. “I try to be expressive and show emotion. [Smith] is passionate when he speaks and I try to do that because it makes for better entertainment and TV.”

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Although he would be open to any kind of on air broadcast, his dream is to work for ESPN, NFL Network, or NBATV. In the mean time, Tan just wants to learn as much as he can and expand his horizons. Tan is thinking about the possibility of a radio show. “I would love to have my own radio show. I love talking about sports, but I love talking about relationships, problems in society, culture issues, anything! Well, except politics!” he laughs. ” I would love to have my own TV talk show. Just to have a platform where I can voice my opinion and give others the opportunity to voice theirs too.”

Tan has plans later this week to be a guest on his friend Matt Silva’s radio show on Kean University’s Radio station. So if you’re around, stayed tuned and keep and ear and eye out for Tan Pasha. This guy is definitely going places!

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Top 10 Things Tina Fey has given us (In Honor of the 10 Year Mean Girls Anniversary)

Today (April 30th, 2014) marks the 10 year anniversary of the iconic movie Mean Girls. It surprises me how few people know that Tina Fey actually wrote the screenplay for the movie because she’s a flawless genius. Here are, in my opinion, 10 of the greatest things Tina has brought to us (in no particular order).

1. Her hilarious children

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2. 30 Rock

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3. Date Night

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4. Bossypants (A must-read)

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5. Weekend Update

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6. SNL (as Head-Writer)

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7. Her Impression of Sarah Palin

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8. Her Golden Globes Co-Hosting Skills

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8. American Express Commercials

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9. Baby Mama

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10. Mean Girls (DUH)

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Leave comments and thoughts! Did I leave out any of your favorite Tina things? Lemme know :) happy Mean Girls day!! (you better be wearing pink!!!)

 

 

 

 

NBC Performance

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I found these interesting info graphs about NBC’s recent performance ratings in comparison to last year. It seems the Today show, NBC Nightly News, Tonight Show and Late night have improved significantly and are currently in the number one spot for their category (in the 18-49 y/o demographic). NBC was in 4th place for a really long time so the fact that they were able to bounce back is a big deal. NBCU’s Chief Executive Steve Burke said “We are going into the upfronts ( TV industry’s annual ritual where networks preview their new shows for advertisers ) with positive momentum this year for the first time in a long time.” Here’s hoping this positive trend continues for NBC! Click here for the original article on Buzzfeed. 👍

 

How cool is this?! SNL posted a time-lapse of what goes into making just one of their episodes (This one was with musical guest Pharrell Williams and host Anna Kendrick). They’ve done one in the past but I figured I’d share this one since it’s the most recent. What do you guys think? Leave a comment below!

SNL Backstage: Studio 8H Time-Lapse