'30 Rock': Ends a 7-season marathon of mirth
This image released by NBC shows Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, left, and Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney in a scene from the series finale of "30 Rock," airing Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 on NBC. (AP Photo/NBC, Ali Goldstein)
NEW YORK (AP) — You wanted resolution on the "30 Rock" finale?
You got it. Sort of. At least, the sort befitting "30 Rock," with its loopy storytelling mixed with joy in spoofing the culture of TV.
Closure, if that's what it is, came in a two-minute postscript on this hour episode Thursday on NBC. Which, among other things, included this sly touch: a reference to the snowglobe revelation with which the medical drama "St. Elsewhere" famously concluded a quarter-century ago.
But there was more. Just before the final fade-out, NBC President Kenneth the former Page (Jack McBrayer) was pitched a new comedy series taking place right there at network headquarters, 30 Rock.
Hmmm. This was no ending. It was a Mobius strip.
The comic coda proposed where many of the characters might be a year from now. But that wasn't the point of the finale, which mostly wanted to have fun. And did.
This last yahoo of "30 Rock" after seven brilliant seasons took delight in tracking the unraveling of its characters as the show-within-the-show, "TGS," came to an end with its own final broadcast. After that, of course, its producer, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), its stars, Jenna Moroney and Tracy Jordan (Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan) and other members of the "TGS" staff will have to leave the cozy, kooky nest of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The prospect of doing that terrifies them all.
Meanwhile, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), the newly minted CEO of NBC parent Kabletown, was battling his own existential crisis.
He had gotten the top job he wanted all his life. And as the ultimate Republican capitalist, he had even scored a lash-out from a treasured enemy, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"Jack Donaghy is an economic war criminal," Pelosi was seen declaring on a cable news network. "If the Democratic Party controls Congress, I will see to it that he is punished in the worst way possible: by having to come down here and listen to us."
Even with total victory under his belt, Jack still felt unfulfilled. What else could he do? He resigned from Kabletown and began a journey to discover what might truly make him happy.
This image released by NBC shows Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in a scene from the series finale of "30 Rock," airing Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 on NBC. (AP Photo/NBC, Ali Goldstein)
Jack's despair included the fear that he's lost Liz as a friend.