The big, happy 30 Rock family are all basking in their Emmy-nomination glory today.
“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers and be a part of 30 Rock’s 22 nominations,” Tracy Morgan, nominated for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, said in an uncharacteristic moment of sober sincerity. “I thank everyone from [writer] Tina [Fey] to [exec producer] Lorne [Michaels] to everyone in craft services.”
“I am thrilled to be riding some very nice coat tails right now,” said a modest Kenneth the Page a.k.a. Jack McBrayer, who’s up for the same award. “We are all floored that the show is getting so much recognition. I blame Tina Fey,”
Jane Krakowski, who gets a nod in the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series gushed: “The writers have created an amazing character in Jenna which I just love to play. I’m so honored to be part of this ensemble, this is my first Emmy nomination, I’m so excited! I am blown away by the number of nominations the show has received and thrilled for everyone.”
The awesomely acerbic veteran Elaine Strich, who was nominated in the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for playing the mother of Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaughy, had this to say: “I was overjoyed with my nomination, for what was it, 30 Rock? Because if I get lucky, it will give me yet again another opportunity to express my deepest feelings about ‘show business’: feelings that have been bottled up for 365 days.”
“I’m thrilled for everyone connected to the show, but I’m especially excited for Jane, Jack and Tracy,” added her on-screen son, Alec, who could take home the prize for Best Actor In A Comedy series. “It’s great working with the entire group and I’m grateful for the recognition of our work.”
M*A*S*H‘s television superstar Alan Alda, whose guest spot as Jack’s long lost father, Milton Green, said: “Here I am associated again with one of the best best shows ever on television. I couldn’t be luckier — or happier.”
Meanwhile, exec producer and NBC comedy legend Lorne Michaels said: “I am honored and thrilled that both 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live have been recognized for their achievements with multiple Emmy nominations. It is a reflection on the incredibly talented people we have working on both of these shows.
The hit series got 17 nominations in 2008, of which it won seven.