Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer have a laugh as they look towards this shows Second Season
When you've received a bunch of Emmys, including one for best comedy series of 2007, people are gonna want to talk with you. 30 Rock has achieved that and more in its short time on the air.
This show about the goings on behind a very SNL-like variety show is a favorite of many critics. Its stars have been nominated for Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards (Alec Baldwin received both a Golden Globe and a SAG Award). The show has been nominated by the WGA and was recognized by the AFI Awards as one of 10 Outstanding TV Programs of the Year.
Recently Jane Krakowski (Jenna Maroney) and Jack McBrayer (Kenneth the page) did a conference call to promote the upcoming Second Season which features Jerry Seinfeld in its season opener.
Jack, when you were young what was Seinfeld to you?
Jack McBrayer: Well, are you asking me as Jack or as Kenneth? It actually was a huge deal for me because I never in a million years thought that I would be interacting much less acting with people who I had seen on TV for years and years. It was a huge honor. It was one of those things where I had to maintain composure the whole time or I'd just freak out and call every friend that I ever had. It was a real honor.
What was your first thought when you heard 30 Rock announced as the winner of the best comedy Emmy?
Jane Krakowski: I think we were all shocked and thrilled. We had lost everything up until then that evening so it wasn't looking that good for us. (Laughs) I just recall all our posture being so high and so happy to be there and as the night went on we all kind of sank lower in our seats. I think Tina was actually calling her car because we were ready to go home, it was going to be a washout for 30 Rock. Suddenly, they called our name for the big prize and energy just soared through the roof. We ended up being up until 4 in the morning. It was a great shock and a great thing.
Jack McBrayer: When you're sitting there you're kind of practicing your congratulations face so that the camera doesn't catch you going, "Oh man!" When they did call our name it was a complete surprise and I didn't have to put on that face.
Jane Krakowski: None of us got out of our seats for a really long time. I think we misheard it.
Jack McBrayer: We thought they were saying 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Jack, did you set out to steal all the scenes on the show or did that just happen?
Jane Krakowski: Yes, you evil, evil man!
Jack McBrayer: I was told by NBC publicists that this was exactly what I had to do. No, I'm just reading the script and just the whole ensemble is so much fun. I love playing with all the characters and seeing what kind of dynamic you can find with that.
Did you Tracy Morgan show you guys his ankle bracelet? Is he still wearing it?
Jane Krakowski: Shown it, he's bedazzled it.
Jack McBrayer: Yeah, it's like an accessory to be reckoned with.
Jane Krakowski: It is the hottest celebrity accessory around, isn't it?
Jack McBrayer: I'm gonna get one just for show. (Laughs) You know, I don't know if he has it on right this second...
What is the story behind the Rural Juror? Is there anybody capable of saying that?
Jane Krakowski: I think when Tina told me about that storyline, I think she and the other writers just came up with that and it made them laugh that none of them could say it. Then a whole episode was born out of it. There's websites about it... about this fictional movie that was never made.
Jack McBrayer: Is that true?
Jane Krakowski: Well, there you go.
Jane what was it like to transition into Rachel Dratch's character who is still on the show?
Jane Krakowski: It went quite smoothly and she is just such a wonderful lady and she was so great about it all. It's great because she still has appearances on the program and everyone here is very good friends with her and Tina... they've all known her for many, many years since the Second City days. From my end it's always an awkward situation but it went as smoothly as it could for that situation.
What's it like on a day to day basis when you're making the series?
Jack McBrayer: It is so difficult just to keep it together because the scripts are so funny. As long as you keep the main goal in line of, okay, lets put this story together so hopefully the rest of American can laugh as much as we are. Everybody here is such professionals and our crew is fantastic, so we run a tight ship here and get the job done.
What are your hopes for Season 2?
Jack McBrayer: You know how on some TV shows the whole cast goes to Europe or something? So maybe we could all do that? Or, Hawaii?
Jane Krakowski: We can all go to Toronto, Canada. I think we all want the people to find it and watch it. And the people who didn't see it last season, you can buy the DVD that was just released. Hopefully winning the Emmy will bring a bit more of people's awareness to it and that we'll get to keep making them because it's so fun to make. The first 5 episodes are so hilarious. We shot 5 of them already. The writers have come up with such funny stuff, I think the first 5 are as good as the best ones of last season and even better. I hope we just get to make more.
The Second Season of 30 Rock premieres on Thursday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
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