Jane Krakowski, who scored a 1999 Golden Globe nomination for her work on Ally McBeal, has joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live-inspired comedy 30 Rock. 30 Rock is written by ex-SNL head writer Tina Fey and executive-produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels.
Krakowski will play the star of The Girlie Show, the fictional SNL-style show-within-the-show. Fey's fellow SNL comedienne Rachel Dratch was originally slated for the role but is now expected to appear as various characters throughout the season.
Earlier this week, Michaels said Dratch's role was changed after the focus of the new series became less about The Girlie Show and more about the behind-the-scenes interplay between characters. In her new capacity, Dratch will be able to portray many more characters and get more screen time.
30 Rock premieres on NBC Wednesday, October 11, at 8:30 p.m. The series stars Fey, Krakowski, Dratch, popular SNL host Alec Baldwin, ex-SNL star Tracy Morgan, and Jack McBreyer.