"In five years, we'll all either be working for him... or be dead by his hand."
It's been more than five years since Jack (Alec Baldwin) uttered those foreboding words about Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) on 30 Rock, but now that the NBC comedy is heading into its seventh and final season (Thursday at 8/7c), one of those predictions may just come true.
"We certainly have not forgotten about that," co-showrunner and executive producer Robert Carlock tells TVGuide.com. "I think it would be disappointing if one of those didn't happen. There are so many things we want to do before it's over."
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But there's so little time. The three-time Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series will return for a shortened 13-episode run — or a "full-out sprint," as Carlock calls it. "When we were doing 22 episodes, there are sort of three phases you go through. One usually takes you through about 10 or 11 episodes. There's a sprint to that with an arc, then there's a wait and you usually do your weirder episodes while you're treading water, and then you have your sprint ...
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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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