Rachel Dratch will be playing more than just one role on the new NBC comedy, 30 Rock.
She was originally scheduled to play Jenna DeCarlo, an actress on The Girlie Show, the show-within-a-show on 30 Rock. But with the focus of 30 Rock moving away from The Girlie Show and more toward the interaction among stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan, the show's exec producers decided to scrap Dratch's character, notes Variety.
Instead, Dratch will appear in several episodes in a wide variety of roles. In the show's pilot, she'll now appear as a cat wrangler, whose felines are needed for a sketch. Lorne Michaels said some of Dratch's characters, such as the cat wrangler, will return, while others will appear just once. 30 Rock stars Fey as the head writer on the fictional Girlie Show, while Baldwin plays a pompous network exec who starts meddling with the show; in the pilot, he forces Fey's character to hire the loose-cannon actor played by Morgan.
30 Rock premieres this fall on NBC.