30 Rock adds Jane Krakowski

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.

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It sounds to me as though NBC executives had a hand in this "slight" change of cast. "Who the hell knows who 'Rachel...What's-Her-Name' is? We need a NAME actress, Tina....and we have Jane Krakowski in mind....look, don't fight us. Either you take her, or FORGET THE WHOLE THING!!! And we wouldn't want to disappoint...LORNE, would we?"
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I'm not familar with her work but she seems talented from everything I've read. I love Rachel Dratch but I think the change in characters will utilize her talents better, so I'm ok with (besides, I trust Tina)
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thanks, kok-warlock, you are like the anderson cooper of tv.com: keepin' 'em honest.
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I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
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The editor might wanna correct some of the many typos and orthographic errors in the text.

Some below.
"is wirtten buy ex-SNL" to "is written by ex-SNL"
"the new series becamse less" to "the new series became less"
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