'30 Rock' exclusive: Tina Fey talks Matt Damon's return and Angie Jordan's reality show

30-Rock-Damon-FeyImage Credit: Ali Goldstein/NBCWhen 30 Rock returns from winter hiatus Jan. 20, it’ll be in a new 10 p.m. slot, which could be good news for fans of the show’s rather unconventional tendencies. “It will be kind of exciting,” creator/star Tina Fey tells EW exclusively. “We have been wondering: Can we do even weirder things?” Weirder than Paul Reubens as an inbred Austrian prince? Weirder than Jenna dating a guy who plays her in a drag show? “We’ll try,” Fey says.

Also coming up this season: [SPOILER ALERT!!!] Matt Damon will return as Liz Lemon’s pilot boyfriend, Carol, but, alas, don’t expect him to stick around. “We are going to break up,” Fey says. “It had to happen because he has to go make movies.” Better news? Tracy may clinch a key piece of his EGOT, and we might just get to see a whole half-hour of wife Angie’s reality show, Queen of Jordan (co-starring her hairdresser, natch). “We’re hoping to, maybe, if we can get away with it, do an entire episode that’s just an episode of Queen of Jordan,” Fey says. “Now I’m just superimposing my own TV viewing habits onto 30 Rock.

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  • Elizabeth

    :( I’ll miss Carroll… just hope it isn’t an awful breakup.

    • sarah

      same! it’s honestly the best role i’ve seen matt damon do in a long time.

  • KC

    When will Tina Fey “talk” the series end? That’s what I’m looking forward to!

    • whatevs

      Why do you want it to end? Do you watch it?

      • KC

        Because it blows. The first season and part of the second were great. It all went downhill from there.

    • khm

      For someone who hates the show so much, it’s funny how quickly you got the first comment in.

      • KC

        Because I want the world to know how foolish you are to keep watching this spoon-fed mediocrity!

      • Will

        if it looks and sounds like a troll…it’s probably a troll

      • Eric

        Spoonfed? That’s the most random word anyone could possibly use to describe this show.

        You’re clearly just trolling.

      • Bizarro Superman

        kC sEeMs To MaKe A lOt Of SeNsE oN tHiS oNe. ThE sHoW rAn It’S cOuRsE aLrEaDy.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      Then don’t watch it and let the real fans enjoy it in peace.

    • Abbey

      If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. The rest of us can enjoy it.

  • khm

    No surprise on the Liz/Carol breakup. Tina dropped that bomb on Regis & Kelly when she was promoting Megamind. Two months later, I’m still not okay with it! But I’m completely on board with “Queen of Jordan.”

    • llevinso

      I like Carol and all but she belongs with Wesley Snipes! Gangway for footcycle!

      • Dani C

        LMAO! Awesome!

      • AK

        Putting her with Wesley Snipes would be the worst possible ending to the show. Liz Lemon deserves some happiness in her life. Wesley is a funny red herring, but no way do I want to see him as her Prince Not-So-Charming.

  • Domenica

    Does this mean she’ll finally accept her fate and marry Wesley Snipes? Cause that would be awesome. (Though I will miss Carol)

    • Sue

      LOVE Wesley Snipes!! (also love Carol but Wesley is her man!)

    • Carrie

      “I’ll be back for sweeps! That’s what we call spring cleaning over in England.” As much as I love Carol. I would really enjoy the return of Wesley Snipes.

    • llevinso


  • Cathy

    «“We’re hoping to, maybe, if we can get away with it, do an entire episode that’s just an episode of Queen of Jordan,” Fey says.».
    An entire episode of Queen of Jordan? Well, T.Fey I hope Liz Lemon’s going to appear in episode like this too, otherwise I personally won’t watch the show. I mean wtf? I have not intentions to watch only on Tracy’s wife and some guests, or whatever.
    I could watch show without Jack Donaghy though, that would be easy.

    • llevinso

      Well, if it was an enitre episode of Queen of Jordan, I’d assume it would be a time when Angie would be visiting the TGS sound stage or something. That way the cameras would be following her around as she interacted with her husband and Jack and Liz and all the rest.

  • Al

    Matt Damon’s character hasn’t really added anything to the show. They just got a famous actor to do a cameo but didn’t really know how to use him. Bring back Wesley instead.

    • sd

      you do know wesley snipes is in jail and will be for awhile. he has a 3 years sentence. how much fot hat he serves who knows. but he won’t be returning to 30 rock anytime soon

      • Boop

        you do know that we’re not talking about the real wesley snipes? We’re talking about a character named Wesley Snipes played by Michael Sheen.

  • Mavis

    Sad to hear about the Liz & Carol breakup. I realize Matt Damon needs to go make movies, but Carol really had the perfect job to be a boyfriend who is always out of town and not on the show each week. Maybe Liz can have a quick fling with Dennis the Beeper King to help get over Carol???

  • Nemo

    Don’t feed the trolls.

  • amanda

    They never really used Damon as well as they could have, he was just kinda there. I don’t want her to get back with Wesley cause I dont want Liz to end up with someone who treats her like crap…which he does.

    • sandd95

      Yeah, no kidding. I don’t know why everyone wants her with Wesley. I think Wesley is hilarious and enjoy it when he is on, but do I really want Liz to “settle” with someone who hates her??? No!!

  • tim

    Still the funniest show on television!

  • Gerald

    Hopefully he comes back for the series finale (whenever that happens). He is a good match for Liz.

  • connor

    I really liked the idea of Liz and Carol being together. So weird, but so right! Why can’t Damon stick around? yeah he’s a movie star but he can get a bigger fanbase with a tv role. I know they drag big stars in for guest spots but having one in the main cast, or at least a recurring role like Damon has been doing, would be pretty cool! Ugh…hollywood >:(

  • Carlos

    Single Liz is way funnier than coupled Liz. Would like her to stay that way.

  • Will

    This season is great! Any news on Avery/Jack?

    • chez

      Really hope Avery/Jack break up/baby is not his. Avery is probably the worst of all his girlfriends, especially comedy AND chemistry wise.

      Also, they need to cast a female that is Alec Baldwin’s equivalent; Elizabeth Banks just doesn’t cut it.

      • Nic

        :cough: Liz Lemon as Jack’s gf :cough:

        I mean, what? Who said that?

  • Dave

    As much as I love some of the guys that Liz has dated, I prefer her to be single. Let’s face it, her soulmates are her slanket and some night cheese. Now, time to go work on my own night cheese and fill my slanket with farts…

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