Powered by i.TV
April 24, 2014

rachel dratch

30 Rock -- an early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 30th 2006 5:29PM

Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin star in 30 Rock.

The Premise: Tina Fey stars as Liz Lemon, the head writer and producer for a female themed sketch comedy show called The Girlie Show. Everything was going great until Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) was promoted from GE's Microwave Research Unit to head NBC's east-coast programming. He sees it as his mission to fix The Girlie Show, despite Liz's insistence that nothing is broken.

Read More

Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 20th 2006 5:55PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy shopping back-to-school sales with your depressed kids -- here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Rock Star: Supernova

Breaking News
Discussions
The Five
Opinions
Retro Squad
Episode Reviews

Read More

Jane Krakowski added to 30 Rock

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 17th 2006 7:01PM
Jane KrakowskiOk, I'm confused. When I read the other day about how Rachel Dratch's role on 30 Rock was going to change, the article read that they were going to scrap her role of Jenna DeCarlo, star of the series' fictional "Girlie Show." But according to TV Week, Lorne Michaels and company have decided to recast the role of Jenna with former Ally McBeal co-star Jane Krakowski.

As previously mentoned, Dratch will still be a part of the show, playing various roles. But it now makes me wonder why she was taken out of what was going to be a plum part on the show. Is it because they can utilize her talents in this different role, or was Rachel just not cutting it as a co-star? Krakowski seems like an odd fit to this ensemble, as most of them have extensive improv and sketch experience (and Alec Baldwin is one of the best SNL hosts ever, so he counts, too). Maybe they needed Krakowski's musical theater talents and are making the role of Jenna more musical. I'm not sure. But all this retooling is starting to get me worried about the show.

Read More

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.

Read More

SNL: Who should stay and who should go

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 27th 2006 10:09AM

Saturday Night Live -- Who would you chose?With the recent departures of Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch from Saturday Night Live, and the announcement of (wink, wink) budget cuts by executive producer Lorne Michaels, one begins to ponder what SNL will look like once the bloodletting is complete. So, my dear TV Squad fans, I pose a question to you: if you were in Mr. Michaels' seat who would stay and who would go?

Read More

Fey and Dratch might not be the only ones leaving SNL

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 24th 2006 12:53PM
Lorne MichaelsLooks like the SNL cast shake-up that the majority of its fans were looking for is ready to happen, but it's not for the reason everybody thinks. We already know Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch are leaving to concentrate on their new show 30 Rock. But Lorne Michaels told critics at the TCA press tour that, because of budget cuts across the entire network, some other longtime players will probably be leaving as well. No word on exactly who's leaving, but I would imagine Darrell Hammond and Horatio Sanz are busy dialing their agents right now.

Read More

Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 23rd 2006 5:37PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy sheltering yourself from a thunderstorm -- here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Nobody's Watching

Breaking News
Discussions
Opinions
Retro Squad
Episode Reviews

Read More

Rachel Dratch leaving SNL, too

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 23rd 2006 2:34PM
rachel dratchThe big news on Friday night was that Tina Fey is leaving Saturday Night Live to concentrate on her new NBC comedy, 30 Rock. Well, it only makes sense that Rachel Dratch is leaving SNL, too. She is a co-star on 30 Rock, after all. In the show, she plays the star of a girls-only sketch show whose world is rocked when a man (fellow SNL alum Tracy Morgan) joins the cast.

My only reaction to this news is: Thank God, no more Debbie Downer!

Read More

Follow Us

From Our Partners