’30 Rock’ Season 6 To Be Its Last, Says Alec Baldwin

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According to Jack Donaghy himself, NBC’s veteran comedy 30 Rock will end after season 6. Alec Baldwin dropped the bomb at a fundraiser last night.

30 Rock is wrapping up its fifth season this month. NBC has renewed the show for a sixth season, which is set to begin in fall 2011 and end around the same time next year – which is also when the contracts for the show’s stars (including creator Tina Fey) are set to expire.

The show had remained consistent until this season. The fifth year saw a dramatic drop in first-time viewership, dropping to an average of 4.4 million viewers. The fourth season averaged almost 6 million.

Speaking to an interviewer at the National Dance Institute’s fundraiser, Baldwin left little room for interpretation:

“I will tell you one thing and that is next year is our last year of the show. Our contracts are expired [in 2012].”

He went on to say that Tina Fey had a bright future in writing and directing. Her modern work certainly seems to suggest that: in addition to hundreds of episodes of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, Fey wrote the script for the well-received teen dramady Mean Girls in 2004. She’s also been expanding into movies like Baby Momma and Date Night.

Baldwin isn’t without his own drama when it comes to 30 Rock. After an extremely public family squabble in 2007, the actor tried to leave the show to spend time with his daughter. According to Baldwin, NBC refused to release him from his contractual obligations.

It’s worth noting that Baldwin has had a producer credit on 30 Rock since 2008. While the title is sometimes more of an honorific than an actual job (especially for major actors in long-running series) it’s hard to imagine that he doesn’t have at least some information on what’s going on.

The show isn’t the only NBC comedy on the rocks. Many doubt the The Office will last more than one season after Steve Carrel’s last episode  (not for lack of trying) and the network cancelled Perfect Couples earlier this year.

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That said, two younger Thursday night shows are doing well. NBC renewed Community and Parks and Recreation along with The Office in March. Freshman comedy Outsourced is still up in the air.

No TV show can last forever, and a six-season run is more than most hope for. As a fan of 30 Rock‘s earlier seasons, I’m pleased to hear that it won’t be stretched out long past its shelf life like Friends or Scrubs. The last couple of seasons have seen the show circling familiar themes far too much – how often can they make fun of Liz’s single status or Frank’s hats before it gets old?

But a lot can change in a year. We’ll have to wait and see if NBC tries to keep its self-referential staple alive – or not.

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30 Rock airs Thursday night @ 10PM on NBC. The hour-long season 5 finale airs on April 21st.

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  1. Noooo!! What are we gonna be left with?! More crap like ‘Perfect Couples’ and ‘Outsourced’?! Unlike ‘Scrubs’ or ‘Friends’, ’30 Rock’ actually still has room to grow. And, TV will be a little more boring with the best thing on it- Jack Donnaghy! (Oooh, wish HE could replace Carrell! That’d make ‘The Office’ GREAT!!

  2. I think this is a good move. I’d rather 30 Rock end on a relative high note than stick around too long. This season has been good but not one of their best.

  3. Definition of bittersweet right here. Great, hilarious show. Hopefully they give it a proper send-off.

  4. Truly a very funny show that has you in stitches from every episode. I agree, I hate to see it go but might as well on a high note unlike Seinfeld’s last episode that was a let down.

  5. I’ll believe it when it’s official. They could easily have Will Arnett take over for Alec if he decided not to return and have a good run of Will trying to destroy the show.

  6. Oh darn! If it’s true then so be it! The best years for the show were season 2 – 4 but overall a great great show. I hope they replace it with something as fun as 30 Rock.

    • You should check out Community. It’s definitely got the same quirky feel as 30 Rock.

  7. I just watached all the seasons on netflix and nbc.com these past couple of months and I have to say the show is contageous. Its is definately much funnier and edgier than the Office. The show definately had a great run and I think that it will become a classic and the reruns will be playing on tbs, fx, and fox.

    Bring on the finale, will Liz get married? have a baby? Will TGS go under? Will Jack finally become CEO? Will Kenneth finally get a job other than a page? Will Tracy, um what are his goals again? haha cant wait

  8. Alec Baldwin, the poster child for detached, idealistic and overpaid Hollywood.

  9. Anyone who thinks “Friends” was drawn out past its shelf life doesn’t know a thing about TV and should not be writing about it, period.

    • Um, Friends was past its shelf life when they decided to make it into a series. What a rotten show.

      “The Friends Baby” wow.

      That’s the kind of corporate garbage 30Rock rightfully makes fun of.

  10. i agree this was not the best season, and i think it’s just perfect with last season on the way, no need to be drawn out past its shelf to much

  11. They should try to get a contract with TBS, that would give them a whle new audience, like people that can’t afford to waste time watching shows on NBC because they’re idiots wanting to watch Everybody loves raymond reruns. Like me :D

    Also, think about how much money they could make off the reruns on TBS to put into season 7? That would be boss. I think 30 rock is destined to become a 10 season DVD package on Walmart.

    Dew iiiiiiiiiiit

  12. NOOOO. The show needs to keep on going. Frankly it’s still funny for me and I love it when shows end horribly. That’s the only sense of closure I can get.
    Then I could say, “That’s disgusting! Shut it down.” or “That’s a Dealbreaker!” Whichever you preferxD

  13. Ehm.. Stargate SG1 lasted 10 seasons and made tons of money. I doubt the show referred to as “the funniest comedy on television” would have a problem going more than 6 seasons. Of course everything has to come to an end, but ending the show after 6 seasons, that everyone loves, because of the actors personal reasons, is sort of defeatist in my opinion.

    Kidney problems, or family problems is one thing, but you dredged through your contracts during those issues, and still made the funniest television ever. Just food for thought. If it’s really over, it’s over, but nothing will compare for quite some time. Unless you replace those who have to leave with Jim Gaffigan and Brian Reagan.

  14. Thats so sad!!!!! All the BEST shows are ending! And what ever happened to Outsourced?! That was hillarious too! I always thought that NBC had the best comedy shows, but too bad the rest of America doesn’t :(
    RIP 30 Rock. Tina Fey you are amazing please don’t stop writing/producing/acting after this!

  15. Even though last season wasn’t the best of seasons, 30 Rock is still a hundred times better then all the other crap on tv :( all my favorite shows are leaving me :(

  16. I agree shows shouldn’t overstay their welcome, Scrubs is a case in point and I can think of worse offenders. However I agree the last series of ’30 Rock’ showed a decline. It’s one of the most consistent programmes that come to mind. Roll on sixth series. I’d miss it if it was to be the last but better to quit while you’re ahead.

    ‘Community’ this series is all over the place. It’s really gone downhill. The first two series were exceptional but now it’s just like any other mediocre comedy. So disappointing.

  17. Sorry my last post should say ‘ I DON’T agree the last series of 30 Rock showed a decline’.

  18. I love this show. As someone said before this should be a 10 seasons show. Frankly you don’t find this kind of fund anywhere. You have The Office, but you laugh at them, not with them, it’s;we have some more shows, two and a half men and so on, but there’s no show like this that you laugh with them, you have fun, it’s funny, it’s very original, it has everything. I don’t know if they could replace fine Alec Baldwin or it isn’t Alec Baldwin himself talking but what he’s been told it’s what it’s he actually talking. I don’t know, I don’t know if Baldwin won’t be anymore. But what I know for this show is that this lady, Tina Fey, is capable to do everything. So, I will mess this show very much.

  19. Noooooo! Liz Lemon…<\3
    it cant end! I've been watching every episode on Netflix recently and I really love it!
    =(

  20. who cares if 30 rock ends no great loss anyway 30 minutes of random so called “funny” jokes from possibly the most annoying characters in the history of television.

  21. I love 30 Rock I dont know if Ill have a reason to stay up until 4:00am anymore. This is so sad . I love Tina and omg that Alec Baldwin! I guess Ill just have to start drinking!!!

  22. All shows have a shelf life (except maybe The Simpsons).
    Series 5 of Rock was a little disappointing. Too many episodes where key cast members were unable to play a full role and some of the supporting cast were promoted to fill the gaps, or new cast added.

    Alec and Tina seemed to be in it less, Jane was pregnant and it was clear that a lot of the episodes were shot in the absence of several of the main characters with some hastily taken footage of them “on vacation” or whatever just stuck on to fill.

    This is an ensemble cast. If they can’t “ensemble” they are going to have problems…

    10 series is about the max anyway. If they get to 7 or 8, then that’s way above average. Not every show can emulate Frasier, Friends and Sienfeld..it’s just one of those things.

    DG

  23. Addition – It’s already been discussed that Alec Baldwin was speaking purely for himself when he said no more after season 6. He has apologised for speaking on behalf of the others and has said the show may well carry on – but not with him.
    Unlike the Office, they can’t get Will Ferrell in – Everyone already knows he’s the star of “B**** Hunter” lol

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