10:56 pm - 09/26/2012

Tina Fey covers Entertainment Weekly

After seven seasons, 10 Emmys, and countless catchphrases, 30 Rock will wrap up its illustrious and delightfully bizarre run early next year. To help us cope with the loss, we sat down with Rock‘s creator and star, Tina Fey, for a wide-ranging EW Interview.

We arrived on set just in time to witness a scene from the third episode of the final season (which premieres October 4 at 8 p.m. on NBC), in which Fey’s Liz Lemon is appalled to learn a shocking secret about Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan). Explains Fey, “I discover that Tracy Jordan has tweeted, “I agree @theRealStephenHawking. Women are just not funny — never have been, never will be. #plotpoint.” (We won’t ruin the outcome for you, but suffice it to say that the resolution involves Lemon dressed in a lab coat and declaring, “Don’t thank me — thank Roe v. Wade!”)

Over the course of the two-day interview, conducted on Rock‘s set in Long Island City, Queens, Fey also looks back on her time as head writer at Saturday Night Live (fun fact: one of the sketches she submitted to land a job at SNL had “something to do with a legal trial about pudding”) and her transformation from frumpy behind-the-scenes writer to bespectacled “Weekend Update” sex symbol (“I think you should look back. There are some hair and some teeth problems”); breaking through into film with the screenplay for Mean Girls (“We had a lot of trouble with the MPAA with that movie”); and teaming with Amy Poehler and Steve Carell in Baby Mama (an underrated gem!) and Date Night, respectively. “I liked the opportunity to play a person who was married,” Fey says of Date Night, “as opposed to a rapidly decaying woman going on dates.”

And of course we didn’t let her get away without giving us some scoop on 30 Rock‘s final season, which will involve a “sexual awakening” for Liz Lemon, a Skype conversation between Jack Donaghy and Ann Romney’s horse Rafalca, and the return of Matthew Broderick as Cooter.

“I think it will be hard,” says Fey of ending the series. But there’s hope for us all, Fey fans, as it seems the 42-year-old multihyphenate isn’t done with the small screen just yet: “I would love to get another TV show on the air someday.”


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phallus 26th-Sep-2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
That cat does not look impressed. I love the cover though, I feel like Tina Fey always has awesome magazing covers.
runaround_kid 26th-Sep-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
cats usually aren't.
phallus 26th-Sep-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
LOL, that is def true. It's why I am an avid dog lover, cats... not so much!
xgirldc 26th-Sep-2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
maybe its just that you are not deserving of their love?
boomstick 26th-Sep-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
floetcist 26th-Sep-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
I love that the cat seems to be posing as well.
pretend_to_care 27th-Sep-2012 03:30 am (UTC)
I love unimpressed cats!

redaodai 26th-Sep-2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'll miss 30 Rock.

runaround_kid 26th-Sep-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
just444 26th-Sep-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
lol irl
mickeymouse 26th-Sep-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
mentalrecluse 26th-Sep-2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna miss Jenna and her attention-seeking ways the most tbh

sheinhardt 26th-Sep-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
ugh she is so amazing. shameful that she has never gotten an emmy
walker_sarah 26th-Sep-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
I love her
jennomac 26th-Sep-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
I have grown to love Jenna more and more and more with each season and now I'm not ready to let her go!
redaodai 26th-Sep-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Her entire offbrandheelz.com promo killed me.

"Here at off-brandheelz.com, we’ve got all the brands that fit your needs and your budget. Johnny Choon, Dolce and Banana, Merolo Blornig, Prader, Gukki, DKNI, Alexandorp McKing, Diana Von Fistenbug… and Jessica Simpson. We’ve got all the brands that fit your needs! Job interviews, running from your parole officer, attending a theatre opening, breaking into your mom’s house to steal her cable box! Off-brandheelz.com: naturally fancy."
ladysherlock 26th-Sep-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
She KILLED last season. I loved her CSI style episode.
grammaire 27th-Sep-2012 06:02 am (UTC)
Me too. So. fucking. much.
leopard_legs 27th-Sep-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
if you don't like Tina Fey/appreciate that she is comedy gold then YOU HAVE NO SOUL
bmblebeela 26th-Sep-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
only person who could pull this off tbh
bellwetherr 26th-Sep-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Loving Tina Fey is such a confusing emotion for me.
quoyle 26th-Sep-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
I can relate to this.
bellwetherr 26th-Sep-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
She's such an awesome lady but she's said some super problematic things and so it's like HOW DO I DO THIS.
runaround_kid 26th-Sep-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
confusing how?
zeldafitzgerald 26th-Sep-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Loving Tina has made me love and appreciate Amy more. She's flaw-free for real.
roguewave3 26th-Sep-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean.
la_sikka 26th-Sep-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
la_sikka 26th-Sep-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
bbgurl i am right there with you, the things i love cause such feelings of conflict inside of me see also; chris evans
ladysherlock 26th-Sep-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
No one's perfect, and I think it's ok to admire someone while at the same time being critical of some of their views. I feel much the same about Joss Whedon - he's an amazing creator, but I don't like some of the creative decisions he's made or his comments regarding race in Firefly etc.
flaca 26th-Sep-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
lol i want to fuck her pretty badly
melissa_ivory 28th-Sep-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
You are not alone.
flaca 28th-Sep-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
runaround_kid 26th-Sep-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)

i'll miss the show, but i'm glad it's ending when it's still great and not sticking around for years until it gets shitty.
zigzagzap 26th-Sep-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely ready for 30 Rock to end.
phallus 26th-Sep-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Same. I love the show but it's getting tired. Season 2 is my all time favorite.
la_sikka 26th-Sep-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
idk defwan was one of the best things to ever happen.
ben_superdetka 26th-Sep-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
yep. i'm the biggest fan out there, but it needs to end
grammaire 27th-Sep-2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Agreed. But I'll be so sad to see it go ;___;
fromahippie 27th-Sep-2012 10:55 am (UTC)
it will end while it's good
flaca 26th-Sep-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
like, her and a pussy in one picture is almost too much for my dykey mrs robinson loving heart to handle
theartistprince 26th-Sep-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
If Michael Sheen doesn't show up this season I am done.
mixtape_reverie 27th-Sep-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Well, it's done too. Not much of a statement you're making.
cleanburritos 26th-Sep-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
I love her and am excited about her post-30 Rock film work.
saltireflower 26th-Sep-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
She looks hot. And that kitty is so cute.
xtinkerbellax 26th-Sep-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
lol I remember seeing a girl with her cat draped around her neck walking through Central Park, her cat looked content as hell.
kdvn 26th-Sep-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
I saw a old hippie walking through Union Square with his cat perched on his head. The cat was completely okay with it.
no_x_doubts 26th-Sep-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
lmao i've seen that guy a few times too what a straight baller
caravels 27th-Sep-2012 02:08 am (UTC)
LOL i saw that guy in soho the other night!!
chantonii 27th-Sep-2012 07:31 am (UTC)
LOL I always used to see this old dude walking around with his parrot on his shoulder.
walker_sarah 26th-Sep-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
that's a fierce looking cat
devochkazhenya 26th-Sep-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
i love it tbh
the_wolski 26th-Sep-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
i'm gonna be so sad when this show ends :(

i hope this last season is good tho
mentalrecluse 26th-Sep-2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
perfect icon

fire_bad 26th-Sep-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
I used to hate Jenna early on in the seasons, then something switched when they turned up her crazy. Now she truely does deserve an award for living theatrically in real life!
vanishingbee 26th-Sep-2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
melissa_ivory 28th-Sep-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
UGH, you've reminded me that I'm lacking in 30Rock icons.
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