Like Kevin Bacon in Flatliners, 30 Rock hovered on the brink of death, only to be brought back to glorious life. Despite poor ratings and Alec Baldwin’s threatened defection, NBC ordered a second season of Tina Fey’s comedy, which, in addition to being generally hilarious, captures the weird world of New York better than any show since Seinfeld. (As when Liz Lemon says, after a homeless guy spits at her: “He spit in my mouth! Let’s go to Cleveland.” Who hasn’t thought that?) Speaking of Seinfeld, 30 Rock’s season premiere will feature guest star Jerry Seinfeld—as if you needed another reason to celebrate the show’s return.
NBC; premieres October 4 (8:30 p.m.).