"30 Rock" is back for its seventh and final season. The only thing sadder than knowing this is the last year for the sitcom is finding out it is a truncated season with just 13 episodes. In a recent conference call interview. Jack McBrayer, who plays Kenneth the page, and executive producer Robert Carlock talked about what's in store as the show winds down.
Kenneth's mother and her 'friend' visit
On the second episode of the season, airing Oct. 11, Kenneth gets a visit from his mother, played by Catherine O'Hara and her "friend" Ron, played by Bryan Cranston. Kenneth grew up on a pig farm in Stone Mountain Georgia. When his dad passed away, his mom's friend, Ron, moved in with the family.
McBrayer describes the character Cranston portrays: "It ends up he is the sweetest, kindest person in the world, but Kenneth just has so much baggage with his mom and with his family that Ron can do no right in his eyes."
MacBrayer said working with Cranston and O'Hara was one of his most memorable days on set, not only for this season but for the entire run of the show. He explained, "It was an entire day of me laughing and oftentimes unsuccessfully not laughing and ruining takes. But they were both so fun and so funny and so just pleasant to be around that it really will go down as one of my sincere absolute favorite days of shooting, they were just amazing."
Jack MacBrayer on his wish for Kenneth
While Carlock and MacBrayer would not reveal any upcoming plot points, the actor did have some thoughts on what he would like to see happen to Kenneth. As a fan of sunshine and beaches, he stated, "I would love it if for some reason Kenneth was sent to Hawaii. Come on, the Bradys did it. 'Modern Family' did it. I even think the Jeffersons did it. Send Kenneth to Hawaii."
While he went on to say that he has never wanted for anything when it came to Kenneth and his years on "30 Rock," but if "I had my druthers, it would have been one time that I've been sent to Hawaii."
'30 Rock' will be jam packed until the end
The cast is filming the fifth of the final 13 episodes, and while it is an abridged season, Carlock promises to pack a lot into them. He noted, "We always have a lot of story and event in our episodes, but maybe it will be more event per episode to episode than even ordinarily. We try to take a step back in these 13 and do stories that feel like normal ' 30 Rock' stories, and we're trying to get the election to do a couple political stories with Jack and Liz."
As for how it will all end, he said he does not know yet. He admitted, "We have a shorter runway than usual to do a lot of stuff, and we do want to give everyone closure, even if it's in our own weird way." He recalled an episode from the first season where Jack said one day they would all either be working for Kenneth or die by his hand. The producer joked, "We want to try and achieve one of those goals at least."
Tune in to "30 Rock" on Thursday nights at 8 PM on NBC.
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