For some, enjoyment of any TV series is inherently tied to the main characters getting romantic. Everyone in the TV biz knows this, which is why the most popular series hinge on “will they?/won’t they?” storylines at some point, many more blatant than others. Some fans of NBC’s 30 Rock really wanted Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy to end up together by the time the series ended, but they didn’t, and according to star Alec Baldwin, it’s because everyone knew better.
Creator Tina Fey is as smart as they come, so it didn’t seem likely that she or her writing staff would ever actually allow Liz and Jack to overstep their professional boundaries for something more personally permanent. However, they were also smart enough to lay enough clues and groundwork for Jack and Liz’s strange fascination with one another that can be detected through mere glances. It seems weird that Liz had more sexual chemistry with her boss than with many of her boyfriends, but that’s the genius of it.
If they ever actually would have ended up together, it would had to have been at the very last second of the last episode, so that viewers wouldn’t have to experience their relationship. That’s usually when things get super-awkward and when the chemistry fades. Of course, let’s not forget that Jack and Liz actually got married at one point, although it wasn’t inspired by love and happiness. Baldwin brings that up when asked what his favorite episode and/or bits in 30 Rock were.
Everything Elaine Stritch did was amazing. I’m certain that Colleen Donaghy and Tracy Jordan would have had a better romance than Jack and Liz. But I guess we’ll never know.
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