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Is Jennifer Aniston guesting on '30 Rock' must-see TV for Emmy voters?

September 4, 2008 |  9:10 am

For a decade, Jennifer Aniston and her "Friends" made Thursday night "Must See TV." Four years after that show signed off, Jennifer Aniston is returning to the NBC Thursday night lineup for a guest appearance on "30 Rock."


As per the peacock, she plays Claire Harper, "a free-spirited, 'Fatal Attraction'-like stalker." This former roommate of Tina Fey's character, Liz Lemon, blows in from the Windy City and sets her sights on Liz's boss Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). (Glenn Close earned Oscar and Golden Globe noms for "Fatal Attraction" back in 1987.) Says Fey, "Jennifer is not only incredibly lovely to have around, she also has what the young people would call 'mad skills.' We're very excited that she's joining us."

Could this guest shot put Jennifer Aniston, a onetime winner and four-time nominee for "Friends," back in the Emmy race? Last year she guested on her "Friends" friend Courteney Cox's FX drama "Dirt" as a rival tabloid editor. While that show came up empty at Emmy time, "30 Rock" won two of its 10 nods last year, including best comedy series prize for its first season as well as a third golden girl for veteran actress Elaine Stritch, who guested as Baldwin's battle-ax momma.

This season, "30 Rock" dominated the guest acting categories, taking seven of the 11 nods in the comedy lineup. Stritch is back in the race, joined by three-time Emmy champ Edie Falco ("The Sopranos") as a love interest of Jack and Carrie Fisher as a fallen idol for Liz. And four of the five funny men got their nods for guesting on "30 Rock": Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, five time Emmy champ Tim Conway, who won this category in 1996 for "Coach," and onetime Emmy winner Rip Torn ("The Larry Sanders Show").