“Oprah Winfrey’s presence on ’30 Rock’ makes this episode a television event,” said Weinberg. “She is a true legend in her own time, and in this comedy’s tradition, it provides the perfect showcase for stars of her renowned status. We are all thrilled.”
“”Oprah is very funny in the episode and we are beyond grateful to have her. Also, I would like to announce that we are officially best friends,” Tina Fey, creator, executive producer and star of “30 Rock.”
Honored with a record 17 Emmy nominations in 2008, “30 Rock” premieres on October 30 (Thursday, 9:30-10 p.m. ET).
Oprah Winfrey joins a growing list of high-profile guest stars this season, including Megan Mullally, Jennifer Aniston and Will Arnett (2008 Emmy nominee for his role as Devin). In the past few seasons, 30 Rock has been honored to feature Emmy-nominated performances by Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Carrie Fisher and Rip Torn, as well as Tim Conway and Elaine Stritch who garnered an Emmy Award in 2008 and 2007 respectively.
Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as not only “the best comedy on TV this year” but “simply the best TV,” the Emmy award-winning comedy “30 Rock” is told through the comedic voice of Golden Globe winner Tina Fey (“Liz Lemon”) and features Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin (“Jack Donaghy”) as a top network executive and Tracy Morgan (“Tracy Jordan”) as the unpredictable star of Lemon’s hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Lemon constantly has her hands full, juggling corporate interference from Donaghy and off-the-handle star antics from Jordan, all while attempting to salvage her own personal life.
Also rounding out the cast are Jane Krakowski (“Jenna Maroney”) as the co-star of “TGS”; Scott Adsit (“Pete Hornberger”) as the variety show’s producer; Jack McBrayer (“Kenneth the Page”) as the over-eager and effortlessly endearing NBC page; Judah Friedlander (“Frank”) as the sardonic slacker on the writing staff; Katrina Bowden (“Cerie”) as Lemon’s young, flighty assistant; and Keith Powell (“Toofer”) as the sophisticated yet sarcastic, Harvard-alum writer.