UPDATE: '30 Rock"s new star

16330__jk_lFirst came today’s report that Rachel Dratch’s role on 30 Rock has been downgraded from leading lady to various gimmicky supporting characters. Now comes word from TV Guide that the show is hiring Ally McBeal alum Jane Krakowski (pictured) for at least 10 of the show’s initial 13 episodes. Now, nothing against Jane K., but this decision smacks of some suit at NBC (someone like the character Alec Baldwin will be playing) bringing in a ringer because the focus groups suggest that Dratch just isn’t cute enough for a primetime lead role. Sorry, Rachel. (Cue the Debbie Downer music. WAAH-waah.)

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  • ep sato

    Wow, how quickly a show can go from “promising” to “waste of blood and hair” in less than a day…

  • mike

    Uh-Oh!!

  • Shannon

    So Jim Belushi, John Goodman, insert name of average-looking, above-average-weight male actor can reach the heights of TV ratings success and eventual syndication but the sublimely talented, wonderfully versatile Rachel Dratch isn’t conventionally attractive enough to be on a TV show?! Are networks being run by junior high boys? What’s Paris Hilton up to? Sure, she can’t act and she’s the personal equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard, but she has bitchin’ hair. Pretty!!

  • Ed

    I was right, this is so what happend to Valerie Cherish on Room and Board. 4 sexy singles in their 30’s sharing a condo turned into Aunt Sassy in a track suit.
    This show is so doomed, I feel bad for Tina Fey : (

  • DBD

    I am really into seeing this show–the promos have been hilarious and I love Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin–but this is really lame. Rachel Dratch is hilarious, and I know she’ll be funny in the other parts, but still…this is lame. I was excited to see her in a big role on this show.

  • Buffybot

    Hey, now: Let’s give Jane a chance.
    Anyone who saw “Go” knows that Jane K can bring the funny…and, let’s face it, she’s got a much more realistic shot at building that romantic tension with Alec Baldwin than Rachel ever did.

  • ayo

    sorry to rachel, i really like her. but hello jane whom i have missed seeing reguarly since the demise of ally mcbeal. also can’t wait to see wknd update without tina horning in on amy’s airtime.

  • Silas Bent

    Jane Krakowski isn’t all that pretty, either. She’s cute because someone said she was. She’s not consensus. Rachel Dratch may be talented, but she is unsightly. And we should not feel bad. How will we look up to beautiful people if they’re not our leads?

  • Thataboy

    Are you kidding? Jane K. is incredibly funny — all this does is create another reason to watch the show. So what if she is prettier than Rachel Dratch? The only way this show could get better is if they got Cheri O Teri! :)

  • newbie

    Rats! I’ve been totally enjoying Jane’s work in the role of Storm Large on Rockstar:Supernova. I guess this means she won’t be heading the band on tour. :)

  • Josh

    Why does everyone feel the need to say a show has jumped the shark before it’s even aired these days? Jane’s a great talent, Tina’s a great writer, Rachel gets to bring her awesome comedic chops, and Ed, Ep Sato, et al — you will all be eating your words. Or perhaps I will, but I hope it’s you guys ;) But I doubt they’d have many sketches and keep it more behind-the-scenes, so I think the changes make sense and that it’ll be a terrific show. Let’s hear it for an Earl/Office/Scrubs/30 Rock line-up!

  • Josh

    p.s. I know that’s not the line-up, just my dream NBC line-up with ‘Nobody’s Watching’ in as midseason filler (now that Arrested is officially over as a series)

  • matt

    I really do feel bad for Rachel Dratch-who I know would’ve done just as well as anybody in her role, although I am looking forward to see what jane can do with this role. And i know that Rachel will definitely be great in her supporting roles.

  • Ana

    Jane is not attractive – her long face, pointy chin and botoxed forehead must’ve been the inspiration for the “Scream” mask.

  • Ray

    It’s tought news for Rachel, but you must admit Jane K is great comedic actress. Rachel’s ok, but I always wondered why they casted her as a lead in the series. It just didn’t seem to gel. Obviously, others are in the same camp as me. I think Jane is a great addition.

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