Unearthed by Pop Focal, the unaired pilot of 30 Rock is basically the same as the version that we’ve all seen before, but with one major exception — Jenna was played by Tina Fey’s longtime pal Rachel Dratch. “The internet, magazines and news stories all gingerly speculated that I had been replaced by a more attractive actor and that this was the only reason I had been replaced,” Dratch wrote of NBC’s recasting decision in her recent memoir, Girls Walks Into a Bar. “Well, the newspapers and magazines did so gingerly. There is nothing ‘gingerly’ about the internet.”
Poor Dratch. But as much as we adore her, we do have to admit that it’s bizarre watching her play Jenna — a character that Jane Krakowski so clearly owns. Frankly, the whole thing made us curious about what other weird pilots we could find floating around the Internet. Here’s what we found.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Berryman High School? A different actress playing Willow? Buffy as a brunette? Apparently Joss Whedon used this self-financed footage to sell Buffy to Fox, and never intended it to see the light of day. Which makes sense. The only thing we like better here is the library. There’s so much more room!