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"30 Rock" Airs Finale

Art Streiber/NBC(NEW YORK) -- After seven seasons, NBC's award-winning but ratings-challenged comedy 30 Rock signed off Thursday night with a one-hour finale.

The finale featured Tina Fey's Liz Lemon struggling to make the transition from employed TV producer to stay-at-home mom, and Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy resigning from his new job as CEO of Kabletown after realizing he’s not happy. 

California Representative Nancy Pelosi had a guest shot, and was seen on a cable news channel blasting Donaghy for being “an economic war criminal.”

Jack McBrayer's Kenneth, the former NBC page-turned president, informed Tina Fey’s Liz that they had to do one more episode of the show TGS or else they would have to pay its star, Tracy Jordan, played by Tracy Morgan, millions of dollars.

The 30 Rock finale featured numerous references to past episodes, and return appearances by former guest stars Conan O’Brien, Selma Hayek, Al Roker and Julianne Moore.

During the finale, Jane Krakowski’s Jenna announced her big plans to advance her career.  One career move included playing a talkative corpse on Law & Order: SVU.  On the farewell episode of TGS, Jenna sang the theme from her new musical adaptation of Rural JurorThe Rural Juror was the title of Season One’s tenth episode.

Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy indicated that he might kill himself, but he was just faking so Liz would know what life was like without him.  In a very roundabout way, he told Liz he loved her and she said she loved him.  He sailed away on a boat, only to return moments later with an idea for a clear dishwasher.

In the show's final moments, viewers fast-forward one year to see Liz balancing being a mom while working on a show; Jenna flashing her boobs at the Tony Awards; Scott Adsit's Pete Homberger being found very much alive by his wife; Jack back in the corporate world; and Tracy bonding with his dad, who finally returns from buying cigarettes.

At the end of the show, McBrayer's Kenneth is seen in his office in the distant future holding a snowglobe of 30 Rockefeller Plaza as a young woman named Lemon pitches a show based on the stories of her great-grandmother.  The snowglobe is a reference to the finale of NBC’s 1980s medical series St. Elsewhere.

Tracy Morgan’s character perhaps said what the cast and crew of 30 Rock was feeling when he signed off his TGS show: “Thank you America.  That’s our show.  Not a lot of people watched it, but the joke’s on you because we got paid anyway.”

30 Rock won a total of 14 Emmy Awards during its run, including best comedy, best lead actress in a comedy for Fey and best lead actor in a comedy for Baldwin.

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"30 Rock" Ends Seven-Season Run Thursday Night

NBC/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- After seven seasons, NBC's award-winning but ratings-challenged comedy 30 Rock signs off Thursday night with a one-hour finale.

Tina Fey's Liz Lemon struggles to make the transition from employed TV producer to stay-at-home mom following the cancellation of her variety show, TGS, which is preparing for its final episode.

Jack McBrayer's Kenneth is adjusting to a change of his own: the NBC page has become the president of the network, succeeding the promoted Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin.

30 Rock has won 14 Emmy Awards during its run, including best comedy, best lead actress in a comedy for Fey and best lead actor in a comedy for Baldwin.

The 30 Rock finale airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time, followed by back-to-back episodes of The Office and the series premiere of the drama Do No Harm.

Do No Harm stars Rescue Me actor Steven Pasquale as a neurosurgeon who has an alternate, dark personality that emerges at night.

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Alec Baldwin Was Willing to Take Pay-Cut to Extend Life of "30 Rock"

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The seventh and final season of NBC’s 30 Rock got under way Thursday and it seems Alec Baldwin was willing to take a pay-cut to try and extend the life of the Emmy-winning comedy.

“I offered NBC to cut my pay 20 percent in order to have a full 7th and 8th seasons of 30 Rock,” Baldwin tweeted, “I realize times have changed.”

Zap2it reveals that the shortened 13-episode final season will see Liz Lemon, played by Tina Fey, actively trying to conceive a child with her boyfriend, played by James Marsden.  Meanwhile, Baldwin’s character, Jack Donaghy, is divorced and on the dating scene.

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"30 Rock" Kicks Off Final Season Thursday Night

Jessica Miglio/NBC(NEW YORK) -- One of NBC's signature series will begin its final season on Thursday night.

The Emmy-winning comedy 30 Rock, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, launches its seventh season at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  The abridged season will consist of 13 episodes.

In the season premiere, Baldwin's NBC executive, Jack Donaghy, unveils his fall programming lineup as the show-within-a-show TGS returns from hiatus, and Kenneth and Hazel welcome Tracy into their home.

What can we expect the rest of the season? 

Sherri Shepherd, who plays the wife of Tracy Morgan's character, says, "I think you're going to see a lot of story lines wrapped up, I think you're going to see a lot more outrageousness, and I think you're going to see a lot of the stars that have come through in these roles, I think they're going to bring them back.  I'm hoping me."

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NBC Confirms "30 Rock" Will End Next Season

NBC/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- The critically-acclaimed, but low-rated Tina Fey comedy 30 Rock will indeed come to an end next season.

NBC confirmed Monday that the series will end with an abbreviated 13-episode seventh season next year.  The finale will be an hour long.

Over the weekend, when it announced its 2012-2013 schedule, NBC said it had not decided whether 30 Rock's next season will be its last.

NBC on Monday dropped a few other tidbits regarding the 2012-2013 season, according to Variety: it has ordered 10 episodes of a pirate drama, Crossbones, that is set in the 1700s, and a potential Munsters remake titled Mockingbird Lane could debut in mid-season if the network approves of the yet-to-be filmed pilot.

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"30 Rock" Live Episodes Featured a Beatle and a Kardashian

NBC/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday night, the cast of NBC's 30 Rock performed two separate episodes live, one for East Coast viewers, and another for the West Coast.  This was the second time the show went live, and as in that 2010 on-air stunt, there were differences in both coasts' versions of the same episode, which centered on the sketch show TGS possibly ending its live shows.

Both episodes Thursday boasted on-air cameos from a celebrity, and while the West Coast saw a walk-on by Kim Kardashian, the East Coast was treated to seeing Paul McCartney.  As part of the live gag, both stars were shown a private bathroom to use in the show, and then they re-appeared at the end of their prospective episodes to joke about it. 

McCartney said he spent the episode off-camera unconscious in the loo after hitting his head.  Kardashian quipped she also spent the entire time in the bathroom, and in the closing moments admitted to breaking the toilet.

Other cameos included former Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell, and Mad Men's John Hamm.  Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler played a younger version of Tina Fey's Liz Lemon in a flashback, while Poehler's former "Weekend Update" co-anchor Jimmy Fallon played a younger version of Alec Baldwin's Jack.

NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams appeared on the West Coast version of the show, while the East Coast version ended with Baldwin suddenly making out with 30 Rock cast member Scott Adsit.

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"30 Rock" to Go Live Again

NBC/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- The NBC comedy 30 Rock will go live for the second time in series history on Thursday night.

In the episode, airing at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, Alec Baldwin's network executive character Jack Donaghy tries to shut down the live production of the variety show TGS.

The episode will emanate from the same studio where Saturday Night Live airs. 

30 Rock star Tina Fey says the episode will involve so many costume changes for the cast that "we're going to trust the SNL dressers to literally carry people to where they're supposed to be and put their clothes on them."

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Alec Baldwin Says He's Sticking with "30 Rock" Until Next Year

Marc Stamas/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Alec Baldwin isn't leaving NBC this year, but he might leave the network next year.

Last week, the 30 Rock star complained on Twitter that a Today show crew was camped outside his New York City apartment building for a report regarding the arrest of his alleged stalker.  He then wrote he is "leaving NBC just in time."

Appearing Monday at a Washington, D.C., event to promote funding for the arts, Baldwin clarified that he will remain with 30 Rock through the show's upcoming seventh season, but added that the show is scheduled to end next year.

In a dig at NBC, Baldwin said he doesn't like the Today show, and implied that he prefers ABC's Good Morning America and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.  Baldwin also noted that his next project will be a Broadway play.

The actor is scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill Tuesday to encourage Congress to increase funding for the arts.

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Alec Baldwin Blasts "Today" Show, Claims He's Leaving "30 Rock"

Marc Stamas/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin on Wednesday dropped a not-so-subtle hint that he's leaving 30 Rock during a Twitter rant that targeted another NBC program: the Today show.

Baldwin was apparently upset that a Today show crew camped outside his New York City apartment building as part of a segment regarding the recent arrest of his alleged stalker.

In a series of tweets, Baldwin writes, "Outside my apt today, along side [sic] the other stalkers from the tabloid press, a crew that identified themselves as being with the Today Show....I haven't appeared on the Today Show in many years. But did they have to camp outside my apt?....No one from NBC contacted me until the Today Show arrived at my apt. I think I'm leaving NBC just in time."

Despite Baldwin's suggestion that his days on 30 Rock are numbered, E! Online reports he remains committed to the comedy.

Last weekend, a Canadian actress named Genevieve Sabourin was charged with stalking after attempting to contact Baldwin.

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How Will '30 Rock' Incorporate Kim Jong Il's Death?

Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- When 30 Rock returns to NBC's primetime lineup for a sixth season on Jan. 12, producers hopefully will have figured out how to incorporate the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il into a cliffhanger storyline.

When last season ended, Elizabeth Banks' character, Avery Jessup-Donaghy -- wife of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy -- was being held captive in North Korea, where she was forced to be the now-deceased leader's mistress.

30 Rock producer Robert Carlock tells US Weekly, "Jack's love life is pretty complicated and it just got more complicated because I think, technically, Avery is the First Lady of North Korea."

Carlock reveals the show's writers realized they caught a bit of a break when they looked at the eight or nine episodes already shot for the new season and discovered they hadn't referred to Kim Jong Il by name, just to North Korea in general.

Carlock says the show can't go back to the episodes already shot and address the changes in North Korea, "but the fun puzzle is turning around and trying to figure out how to get [the Avery character] out of there and how to continue things."

Margaret Cho portrayed the dictator on 30 Rock last season, and Carlock jokes about her return, telling Us Weekly, "Maybe we'll have to have Margaret Cho showing up again having faked her death, because she wants to get a gig on a morning talk show."

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