'Ally' Cat Krakowski Joins '30 Rock'

Former "Ally McBeal" star Jane Krakowski is getting back into the TV-series game, courtesy of Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey and "30 Rock."

Krakowski has joined the cast of the new NBC comedy, playing the star of a fictional variety show run by writer Liz Lemon (Fey). Rachel Dratch, like Fey a "Saturday Night Live" alum, played a similar role in the show's original pilot; she'll continue to be involved with the show, but will play different characters from episode to episode.

"Jane is enormously talented, and everyone is thrilled that she is joining the cast," Michaels says. "I think it's going to be a perfect fit."

The show, named for NBC's New York headquarters, revolves around the clashes Fey's character has with new network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). In the pilot, Jack coerces Liz into bringing volatile movie star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan, another "SNL" veteran) into the cast of her series, "The Girlie Show."

Krakowski, who played oversexed secretary Elaine Vassal on "Ally McBeal," won a Tony Award in 2003 for her performance in the Broadway musical "Nine." Her TV credits also include NBC's "A Christmas Carol" musical, guest spots on "Everwood" and "Law & Order: SVU" and the Lifetime movie "Mom at Sixteen." She also starred in the CBS pilot "Sex, Power, Love & Politics" this year.

On the big screen, she's appeared in "Alfie," "Pretty Persuasion" and "Go."

"30 Rock" is scheduled to premiere Oct. 11 on NBC.