Alec Baldwin is Staying on For (One) Last Season of ’30 Rock’
Alec Baldwin recently got into trouble by suggesting he would leaving ‘30 Rock,’ which then led to Tina Fey having to clarify his statement. If his comments today are to be believed, he is returning for next season – but he’s also said that it will be the show’s last.
Baldwin recently gave a speech at the Washington National Press Club, and the Huffington Post got his comments. As Fey said in the article linked above, she also thinks the show will be ending soon, so this fits.
Originally the show took a season to find its footing, as it was compared to ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’ – the Aaron Sorkin penned take on ‘Saturday Night Live‘ – and was considered lesser. How the fates changed and changed quickly as the Fey-led show jelled and offered one of the best ensembles on television.
The show would be closing out after seven seasons, a very respectable run, though it has notable ups and downs. With NBC on the verge of either losing or rebooting ‘The Office,’ this will dramatically change their Thursday night line-up, which may be good for both ‘Community‘ and ‘Parks and Recreation.’ NBC has made a staple of having a strong Thursday night comedy line-up since the 1980′s, when ‘Cheers’ and ‘The Cosby Show’ were two of the biggest hits on television – and then followed that with ‘Seinfeld.’ But times have changed.
Do you think ’30 Rock’ is leaving at the right time, or has it gone past its prime?