More than five decades after their one-night stand, Jack Donaghy's parents, Colleen (Elaine Stritch) and Milton Greene (Alan Alda), will reunite for the first time on the December 9 episode of NBC's 30 Rock.
"I first met Elaine probably 20 years ago but never worked with her before," says Alda. "I always knew the reunion would be interesting. We kid with each other a lot, and our characters have a common enemy in their son."
As for the "bizarre" story line, Alda says...
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MICKEY: Wow, that's a dark spirit you got there, fella. Welcome! The continuing movie talk has squelched the idea of Jack making the ultimate sacrifice in the series finale. But I do know of two surprising deaths that will take place before the show's May 24 finale. One will be shockingly emotional; the other will just be shocking.
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Nobody is getting what they want from Santa on 30 Rock's very special Christmas episode (Thursday, 9:30 pm/ET, NBC), creatively titled "Christmas Special." We caught up with returning guest star Elaine Stritch and cast member Jane Krakowski — who's also hard at work promoting the Xbox 360 game "You're in the Movies" this season — to ask about their musical contributions to the special.
Liz (Tina Fey) makes the staff participate in
Step aside, Mariah Carey! You've got nothin' on Elaine Stritch. The New York Post reports that after the Broadway legend appeared on PBS' Theater Talk, rather than thank the show for helping to promote her club gig, she slapped its producers with a $1,000 tab, including expenses for "hair, makeup and limo service, and no doubt anything else she could think to stuff in there," says a source. "It was genius." Theater Talk didn't pony up, but did offer Stritch a PBS tote bag. — Ben Katner
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