On Thursday, Jan. 31, one of TV's all-time best comedies signs off when NBC's
ends after seven seasons, 14 Emmys and countless laughs.
The day after finishing their last scenes, the show's stars,
, spoke separately with
. Fey reflected on her character, Liz Lemon, the smart, strident head writer on a network show. Baldwin spoke about his character, Jack Donaghy, the excessively confident network executive.
What follows is a condensed version of the interviews.
Zap2it: What cracked you up on set?
Alec Baldwin: When we would do the read-through -- I guess what you think is funny is probably very personal --
Jane [Krakowski] would sit to my left and Tina to my right at the table reads. We would read scripts [out loud to listen to the rhythm of them], and Jane's take on that vain, horny actress like Ginger from
"Gilligan's Island" meets someone from
"Mean Girls," someone really scheming and out for themselves and ditsy -- you just don't think people can make that fresh again, and Jane did. Very few people crack me up as much as Jane did.
Tina Fey: I always had a lot of fun shooting with
Tracy Morgan and
Jack McBrayer together. We just wrapped for the series last night. There was a delay, and as happens every time in seven years, it ended up with Tracy singing songs from
"Thriller" -- the same three Michael Jackson songs so many times. Last night it turned into an impromptu break dance party. I didn't hit the floor, but I did take my turn. I was more poppin' and lockin'.
: What did you want to happen to Jack that didn't?
Alec Baldwin: I can't say there is one thing. I pitched ideas to them of how I wanted it to end. One idea was that I died -- finally had this gigantic heart attack from all my failed ambitions, and my ghost talks to Lemon at the end. The funniest idea was to ask my own ex-wife (actress
Kim Basinger) to come on the show. They wanted her to come on to play Kenneth's stepmother, and I marry Kim on the show, and Kenneth becomes my stepson. You realize the level of crazy (in the writers room).
Zap2it: What were some of your favorite Liz Lemon moments?
Tina Fey: She got married a few weeks ago, and she wore a Princess Leia outfit. That was one. And there was, in Season 4, a flashback to a phone sex ad commercial Liz had done in the '90s, and a really bad haircut, before Invisaligns.
Zap2it: Where do you see Liz in five years?
Tina Fey: I know some things that happen to Liz; I think she will be working in New York and happy in her life.
Zap2it: Would you do a reunion?
Alec Baldwin: I don't think anybody wants that, actually, because I don't know what that could be. They are going to end this in a really great way. I don't think anybody would conceive of that. The way they end this, and literally the final frames are very perfect, I wouldn't say I felt really good. I felt that we did the best we could in terms of wrapping it up. I certainly could have gone a little longer. No sooner did I sign a deal with them to do a seventh and eighth season, and they canceled the show.
Tina Fey: At this point, I have no idea. I know I certainly care about those characters a lot. If you could do it in a way that it was one one-hour special. I think it would be a series of erotic novels.