James Marsden to guest star on '30 Rock'


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An X-Men star is coming to the halls of 30 Rock. EW has learned that James Marsden will appear in an episode (or two?) when the Emmy-winning comedy returns to NBC later this season. (We wish we had an exact date, but the Peacock doesn’t have one yet).

Speaking of which, NBC is also remaining tight-lipped about Marsden’s role — but we’d like to think he’d make a fine new lover for Liz Lemon. Last month, the comedy put out a casting call for a man ages 36-40 who can play Tina Fey’s latest love interest.

Here was the official description: “California-bred with liberal values and a youthful innocence. Easy-going but confident with a strong sense of self.”  The role would definitely involve a multiple-episode commitment.

Can you see a love connection between Liz and the hunk who played Cyclops?

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  • Joe D

    I actually think he is really funny and under rated. i just watched Enchanted again and thought he nailed it with his Prince Charming act. He is also smoking hot- just saying…

    • helen

      He is fantastic in Enchanted. I agree a very under rated actor.

  • Crisco

    I’m Lizzing!!

  • Jane

    I love 30 Rock and I have no problem with James Marsden but I am getting a little tired of the Liz lemon meets a hot but crazy guy plot. I’d rather see her single than the annoying weird boyfriends.

  • user

    wow, that is some good looking guy!
    Go, Liz Lemon!

  • Bill Shakes

    James Marsden ALWAYS loses the girl in his movies.
    The Notebook.
    Superman Returns.
    X-Men (Jean Grey actually kills him in that one…)

    • j

      He gets the girl in 27 Dresses

      • Woot

        Yeah but that was a Katherine Heigl movie… so he ultimately loses.

  • Annie

    Thought James Marsden was hilarious on Modern Family, the 30 Rock characters sounds similar to the one he played on that show.

    • Karen

      I was thinking the same thing Annie. I hope he makes a return to M.F. He was awesome!

  • nt

    liz lemon used to date normal guys, or none at all, but somehow she started to date hollywood-a-listers, and as much as i like james franco, matt damon, jon hamm, michael sheen etc. , i wish they would go back to average looking guys. jack donaghy dating hot women was always fine with me, but liz lemon shouldn`t meet a new disney prince every season.

    • Amy

      She dated Floyd (Jason Sudeikis) in season 1. I don’t know about you, but I find Sudeikis rather sexy, just as good looking as the rest of the men you mentioned.

    • Jane

      You’re right. No more stunt casting this isn’t Will and Grace. Just go back to regular looking but funny guest stars.

    • Tiffany

      @ nt. I think that is the point. No one would believe that guys this attractive would be interested in LIz. If you go back to the episode The Head the The Hair and the hottie asked her our instead of his bizare co worker who she intented to ask out, this has been a running gag from the beginning.

  • Mandy

    Love James. Love his comedic acting. I sure hope he plays opposite Liz Lemon. This is very exciting news. :)

  • llevinso

    Oh how exciting! I love James Marsden and think he’s so underated. Can’t wait :-)

  • Michele

    LOVE James Marsden. Loved him since X-Men.. so excited to see him become more well known in the last few years!

    Hilarious on Modern Family, he’ll be fantastic playing alongside Tina Fey!

  • Mark

    Tvline is reporting that he’ll be in six episodes

  • Brittany

    It sounds like he will be playing her love interest. If so, this is some great casting.

  • Boop

    He’s always what I thought Astronaut Mike Dexter would look like!

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  • Amy

    Liz Lemon first dated Carol (played by Matt Damon) and now another hottie!

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