Script vs Screen

Script vs Screen - Ep3 - 30 Rock

August 4, 2015

We took a look at one of our favorite shows 30 Rock. Both the script and the show are filled with joke after joke, and the pilot script gives you a real glimpse into what it was like writing for Saturday Night Live.

Created by Tina Fey 30 Rock is filled with unbelievable and unbelievably funny characters Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Kenneth Parcell, Pete Hornsberger, Frank Rossitano and the venerable Jack Donaghy.

Perhaps the biggest change on the show was the character of Jenna initially written for and played by Rachel Dratch in the test pilot. Network executives apparently did not want Dratch in a lead role and the role was given to Jane Krakowski. Jane loved the idea of being Jenna Maroney as it gave her a chance to sing and dance on a sitcom, something unseen since Ally McBeal (1997).

30 Rock racked up an impressive number of awards during its 7 year run. In 2008 it won 17 Emmy's for a Comedy (the most ever in that year), and 22 statues in 2009 (the most ever in that year.) Alec Baldwin won a SAG award for every year he played Jack Donaghy something no other actor in a drama or a comedy show has ever done (Credit: IMDB).