×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Emmys: ’30 Rock’ Faced Story, Storied Obstacles

Show leads comedy pack with 13 Emmy noms

“Dark times are these” (as Liz Lemon, quoting Yoda, put it best) now that “30 Rock” is off the air. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel — the show leads the comedy pack with 13 Emmy noms, including its seventh series nod in seven years.

As its final and shortest to date, this season was equal parts challenging and easy to wrap up for showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Long-awaited plot lines could finally be resolved, but they had to be done seamlessly so the character write-offs didn’t muffle the show’s voice.

“In some ways, it was like running down a hill — it’s easier than running up, but you have to be careful about falling,” Carlock says. “There’s a pressure you feel because it is the final landing place for each of the characters. … But it was a point of pride that we also did episodes that were not in the context or underlined by the fact that it was the last season.”

One of those characters could have landed in the already jacked New York City mayoral race. Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy, whose storyline was the hardest to wrap up for Fey and Carlock, was poised to throw his hat into the ring.

“Well, who knew the New York elections were going to be such a wonderful parade of semi-apologetic perverts?” Fey asks. “I guess we all could have guessed. Ending in January didn’t work for Jack to run for mayor, and it required too much of a time jump. So, we’ll never have that ‘Mayor Donaghy’ spinoff, but Jack inventing the clear dishwasher and returning to triumph at GE seemed happier.”

She’s kidding, by the way. There were never any plans for a spinoff.

And Lemon may be out, but Fey certainly isn’t. She’s nominated for seven Emmys — including lead actress in a comedy — bringing her career total to 31 noms since 2001. However, the show’s creator-producer-writer-star is quick to downplay her accomplishments.

“(Winning) would probably mean that there was some sort of accident, but it would be a happy accident,” she says. “It’s always an honor to be in that category, because there’s never any filler.”

Instead, she’s rooting for co-star Jane Krakowski, who’s nominated for supporting actress in a comedy. In turn, Krakowski credits Fey and the show’s writers for creating a wacky world of outrageous characters who were exhilarating to play.

“(‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’) was such a great title for one of the episodes because that’s what they allowed us to do,” Krakowski says. “Because they created the world that they did, we were able to go further than we could outside in the real world.”

More TV

  • Lena Dunham

    HBO Max Orders Lena Dunham-Produced High School Dramedy 'Generation' to Series

    HBO Max has given out a series order to the half-hour high school dramedy “Generation.” The project had been ordered to pilot at the nascent streamer earlier this year, meaning this is the first HBO Max pilot to get picked up to series. The ten-episode series follows a group of high school students whose exploration [...]

  • British Writer Nick Stoller Arrives For

    'Neighbors' Director Nick Stoller Sets 'Florida Man' Put Pilot at Fox

    A one-hour rom-com procedural set in the Florida Panhandle is in the works at Fox. The network has issued a put pilot commitment to “Florida Man,” which hails from “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nick Stoller, and “Bones” producer Carla Kettner. “Florida Man” centers around the loquacious, eccentric Bell Prescott, who hasn’t left the [...]

  • Consumer Reporter Jeff Rossen Joins Hearst

    Consumer Reporter Jeff Rossen Joins Hearst Television

     Jeff Rossen, a TV journalist who became a fixture on NBC’s “Today” with reports about consumer tips and avoiding scams, is taking up a new role at Hearst Television. Rossen will become the company’s chief national consumer correspondent, a new role, and will continue to deliver his “Rossen Reports” that help people analyze how to [...]

  • THE MASKED SINGER: The Butterfly in

    TV Ratings: 'Masked Singer,' 'The Moodys' Lead Fox to Wednesday Win

    Fox walked away with a win in the Wednesday night TV ratings, thanks to another solid performance from “The Masked Singer” and the debut of its new comedy miniseries “The Moodys.” “The Masked Singer” was down a fraction on last week both in terms of rating, coming in at a 1.8 among adults 18-49, and [...]

  • Dark

    'This Is Just the Beginning,' Netflix Exec Says of Non-English Programming

    Netflix is just “scratching the surface” of what it plans to do in non-English-language programming, the company’s head of international originals said Thursday, adding that, for the streaming giant, “Hollywood is not the be-all and end-all of storytelling.” The streamer’s success with series such as Germany’s “Dark” and Denmark’s “The Rain” means it will go [...]

  • Gabrielle Union Julianne Hough

    Julianne Hough Praises Gabrielle Union for 'Speaking Her Truth' on 'AGT' Controversy

    Julianne Hough praised Gabrielle Union Thursday after Union revealed she had a five-hour meeting with NBC about the culture at “America’s Got Talent.” During an appearance on the “Today” show, Hough commended Union for standing up for herself, and also congratulated NBC for agreeing to sit down with her for discussions. “When I see that [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content