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Michaels talks: a new 30 Rock role for Dratch and a streamlined SNL

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 15th 2006 4:05PM
Rachel DratchI am an unabashed fan of Rachel Dratch. I think it's her face; she can just look at the camera with that expression-filled mug of hers and generate laughs. So I was a little disappointed in her role in the 30 Rock pilot; while she was funny as "The Girlie Show" star Jenna DeCarlo, it seemed a little confining for the versatile actress.

Apparently Lorne Michaels felt the same way; he told Variety (registration required to view entire article) that the Jenna character will be scrapped as the show concentrates on the interactions amongst the characters played by Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, and Tracy Morgan (which, to me, was the best part of the pilot). Instead, Dratch will play a variety of characters, some that will be recurring and some that will only appear once. For instance, she will play a cat wrangler that the show employs when they use a lot of cats in a sketch.

Michaels also mentioned that he'll announce the new SNL cast before Labor Day; this year, the cast will be around 10 members, as opposed to the 15 or so that were there last year. The cast is being streamlined for the budgetary reasons Michaels cited last month, but also because last year was, in his words, "a big transition year." We'll see what he comes up with.

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