It's been seven seasons since we were first introduced to the snark-filled hilarity of 30 Rock, and as all good things must, it's coming to an end. Tonight's 30 Rock finale wraps up the sitcom, and I'm torn on how I feel about it. On the one hand, it hasn't been quite as funny in recent years, and I'm glad to see them choose to go out on a high note. On the other hand, with so few truly smart comedies on television, what a bummer to say goodbye to the characters many of us have come to love.
Tonight's double-length episode will surely include jokes harkening back to earlier episodes, wacky plot lines, and plenty of familiar faces -- and as for whether or not it'll be the perfect ending ... well, we'll find out, I suppose. In the meantime, if you're mourning the farewell to come, you're in good company with 30 Rock's cast members. Check out some of the fascinating commentary on the end of a television era, shared by Tracy, Kenneth, Dot Com, and more:
I was working with some of the best people in show business. Great actors like Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin and Jane (Krakowski) and Jack (McBrayer). Those are some of the better actors in show business. It's like playing for the Chicago Bulls. When you're playing with Michael Jordan, you don't have any other choice but to get better.
I love Jack. Jack was the kindest, most sincere, generous person around me. He always treated me kindly and with respect and I love him for that.
I'm very thankful for everything I experienced this seven years, and if I don't do anything else in TV, you can't take that away from me. You can't take away that Liz Lemon is my boo, you can't take that away. -- Tracy Morgan (Tracy Jordan)
Tracy and I were pretty good friends before "30 Rock." The chemistry you see on camera -- that's what it is. What you see on camera -- that's just friends, so that's why it comes across so well on TV. -- Grizz Chapman (Grizz)
I've worked with these people a long time -- seven years. But I also knew a good deal of them before that. ... I've known Tina since '93 or something. ... I've known McBrayer almost as long, from Second City. And there are people on the crew that I've worked with on other things. So it's sad, but I feel like it was nice that we had our time, as well. It's rare that you get to work with people you love even before the project starts. The sad thing is just leaving our friends and breaking up this ... group that's been together all these years. We know each other so well that jumping into something else and something new is exciting, but not as cozy. -- Scott Adsit (Pete Hornberger)
Tracy is a wild child. But he is tamer now than he was when we first met. Tracy Morgan off camera is the most entertaining person you ever want to be around. Tracy doesn't go to the clubs -- he does his show between scenes. He's loud and hilarious and gets everyone's attention, and keeps us cracking up. He goes off script all the time. He goes off script because he never looked at the script!
The show has changed my life. As an actor, it's one of those things where there are trained actors who have been working at this craft for decades, and they'll never get the exposure I got. It definitely changed everything for me. -- Kevin Brown (Dot Com)
I was so happy that they were able to come up with anything for Kenneth. It could easily be this one-trick pony that got played out very quickly. They managed to stretch it out for a while and hopefully not make people hate it too, too much -- all 13 people who watched the show.
The most emotional part of the (last) show for me was the two weeks leading up to it -- you realize this is the last time I will wear a page uniform, this is the last time I will have this catering -- that kind of stuff. The last two weeks in anticipation of the end were worse than the actual end. -- Jack McBrayer (Kenneth Parcell)
I think it was the right move to bring the show to an end this year, but I'm definitely going to miss it. For me, the funniest 30 Rock scenes usually involved Jack, and I think my all-time favorites were when Will Arnett guest-starred as Jack's nemesis Devon Banks. I mean, who doesn't love a show that brought us moments like this?
Are you going to watch the 30 Rock finale tonight? What were some of your favorite episodes?
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