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30 Rock gets the big "O"

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 3rd 2008 8:00PM
oprahOkay, so Oprah is obviously the most powerful woman in the universe. She does control the stars and the winds and the planets, after all. She brings us rainbows when we're good and conjures up things like Dr. Phil when we're bad. So what do we call a person who can conjure up Oprah? Tina Fey.

Earlier this year, Fey publicly stated that she wanted Oprah to come on 30 Rock and play her best friend. Maybe she's been reading The Secret, because it looks like putting it out into the universe has made it happen. Oprah Winfrey is in final negotiations to guest star on 30 Rock.

This sounds like it's pretty close to a done deal, as she's already being written into the second episode of the season, airing on November 6th. But what about the big question? Will she be playing Liz Lemon's BFF? There's more info after the jump.

According to insiders, Winfrey is scheduled to play herself, so it doesn't look like she and Liz will be having slumber parties and painting their toenails--at least not yet. All of Winfrey's scenes are apparently going to be opposite Fey, so there's always the chance that Liz Lemon's charm will make Oprah say, "Gayle who?" Winfrey's storyline is also set to involve a feud between Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney that is due to stretch out over several episodes.

Like pretty much all 30 Rock casting news, I'm super-excited about this. Oprah doesn't make too many sitcom appearances, the last one was an episode of Bette in 2000, so this is a treat. Besides, with 30 Rock's impressive track record of its guest stars receiving Emmy nominations, maybe she'll snag another acting award to sit next to her Oscar.

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Really? I could not be less excited about Oprah guest staring on 30 Rock. While I do like the guest stars I think the show should concentrate on cast chemistry.

September 09 2008 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AWESOME!!!! I can only imagine how they will write Oprah into the plot. I can't wait!

September 05 2008 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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