30 Rock: In Trouble or Blasting off?

A friend of mine recently suggested to me that all of these guest stars this season (Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Martin, et al.) might mean that the show is in grasping at straws to try to reel in more people. Until then I thought that it was just great though and perhaps the big names meant that big interest was going into the show, especially after Tina Fey's version of Sarah Palin stirred up such interest last month.

What do you guys think? I don't fear that 30 Rock will get canceled anytime soon, but are all these guest stars really a good thing?



Large newrachelimage
Dec 3, 2008 1:19AM EST

I liked Oprah and Megan Mullally and was just alright with Steve Martin. I thought Aniston was very average.I imagine the casting of all of them was a combo attempt to lure in new viewers/interest by the stars themselves (Tina Fey and this show are quite popular....at least among a small subset and I'm sure within the Hollywood crowd).Overall, I don't believe the big guest stars have suceeded in grabbing any additional viewers for the show, so I think they should be very careful that they aren't sacrificing quality to create roles for all of these big name people.Besides those guys mentioned above...there's also been a lot of, "haha it's John McEnroe" (also in the Steve Martin episode) moments...but if you think about it...I don't think it really contributed anything to the episode. I imagine it will be the same with the upcoming appearance of Larry King.I kind of feel like the show is better than being advertised as "Watch this week because X is appearing"...so personally I think they need to cut it down.

Default avatar cat
Jan 14, 2009 12:06PM EST

I honestly hadn't noticed the star pattern until you mentioned it, but I agree with the general consensus that 30 rock has such a strong concept already that the "stars" are conforming to the show's wavelength, not the other way around. I don't think any of them have detracted from the show at all, and I thought that Peter Dinklage was amazing, and I actually enjoyed steve martin, which is new for me haha

Jan 14, 2009 1:10PM EST

I feel like the guest stars fit in okay with 30 Rock, but are unnecessary, and bring down the momentum of the episodes and chemistry of the cast. I think 30 Rock is in a solid place right now and I don't think some of the non-awesome guest star appearances will hurt it, but I think the show is just fine, if not better, without those stars.

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