In the penultimate episode of 30 Rock, crazy co-stars Jenna Maroney and Tracy Jordan co-opt an interview meant to promote TGS into an opportunity to promote their next project, where they intend play a president and a Santa Claus who happen to be conjoined twins in love with the same woman. The scene’s as ridiculous as it is hilarious, but it does raise a valid question: what’s next for the stars of the dearly departed sitcom? Here’s what we know so far about what Liz Lemon Tina Fey and her supporting cast have planned.
The ex-showrunner who ran a successful show about a showrunner is, unsurprisingly, staying in TV. Although she’ll appear opposite Paul Rudd in the romantic comedy Admission this March and will have a supporting role in 2014’s Muppets… Again, Fey signed a four-year deal with NBC’s Universal TV in September to continue developing content for the network. Although it looks like Fey fanatics will have to wait out the 2013-2014 season, they’ll have brand-new material produced by (and possibly starring) the comedy powerhouse soon enough.
Baldwin, who played the ever-dignified network executive Jack Donaghy to Fey’s eternally frazzled Liz Lemon, will build on his already impressive track record in film with 2014’s The Normal Heart. The HBO movie, produced by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy, will adapt Larry Kramer’s 1985 play chronicling the rise of the AIDS epidemic in New York City for the small screen. Baldwin joins an already impressive roster that includes Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts, and Mark Ruffalo. Baldwin also signed a development deal with NBC similar to Fey’s, but his will last for two years instead of four.
Unlike Fey and Baldwin, Tracy Morgan is moving away from acting, at least in the short term. Morgan, who began his career as a comedian, will be returning to the stage with his “Excuse My French” tour, which launches in Wichita, Kansas on March 13th. 30 Rock’s end and an upcoming tour aren’t the only changes in store for Morgan: he and fiancée Megan Wollover recently announced they’re expecting (Morgan has three older children by a previous marriage).
It’ll come as a surprise to exactly no one that the actor who spent seven years playing the eternally upbeat Kenneth Parcell is taking his talents to children’s TV. After voicing Fix-It Felix in 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, McBrayer will star in Craig McCracken’s upcoming Disney Channel animated series Wander Over Yonder as namesake space explorer Wander. McCracken is behind some of the past decade’s most beloved kid’s shows (Powerpuff Girls, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), so expectations are high, but any character described as “overly optimistic” sounds like a good fit for McBrayer.
Strangely enough, there’s almost no information about what the actress behind melodramatic drama queen Jenna has planned. It’s possible that Krakowski, who’s had success on the stage as well as the small screen, is taking a break from acting; according to IMDb, she’s done very little work outside 30 Rock since 2009. Also during that time, she’s gotten married and had a son, who turns two this April. Could it be that Krakowski’s most prominent role to date will also be her last? We have a call in to her agent to find out, and will post an update when we hear back.