The 30 Rock series finale airs on January 31st and with the death rattle of the beloved sitcom comes a slew of interviews and press events with the show's cast and crew. Like this upcoming one with Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin in the February issue of Rolling Stone.
Baldwin, who has dickishly threatened to leave 30 Rock in the past, commented on what he (and, quite frankly, many of the viewers) thought was a steep creative decline in the show's recent seasons. He tells the magazine, "Though even anemic 30 Rock writing is still better than everybody else's writing. I go, 'I'm going to get the fuck out of here, I'm done,' because I'm an employee, I don't have any say. So Season Five ends, and I'm saying 'Next year, I'm done,' then I come back, and Season Six is really good, we all had fun again."
And now he just wants to keep making 30 Rocks forever and ever: "Fuck, I'll stay here seasons Nine, 10 and 11."
Unfortunately, it's not an option seeing as the series' genius and creator Tina Fey thinks it's time to tap out. Tina, perhaps you would like to tell us why? No, oh — Alec Baldwin would like to take this one, too.
"Tina always had her antenna up," Baldwin says. "But this year was the first time she came in and laid down on the couch on set, and you could tell, she's a mom. She's fucking wiped out."
Well, at least Fey did have this to add: "I feel like we made a lot of good episodes of the kind of show that usually gets cancelled. The kind where there's 20 episodes and 'only me and my hipster friends know about it.' That part's still true. But we made about 140 of them!"
She's certainly right there. 30 Rock's smart absurdism was, at least at the time when it first aired, almost unheard of on network television. And as Alec Baldwin accurately points out, even now, when many argue that 30 Rock is at its lowest quality, it's still better than most other TV out there. When you watch it from a comedy nerd's standpoint, the show continues to pack in an incredible number of jokes per minute (seriously, pay close attention and you'll notice that hardly a single line is wasted on a not-joke). Taking that into consideration, it's no wonder that the show's many talented writers are fucking wiped out. Who wouldn't be?
Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey on the End of '30 Rock' [Rolling Stone]