'30 Rock' To Return Next Season For Final 13-Episode Stretch

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on NBC's '30 Rock' Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on NBC's '30 Rock'

NBC says “30 Rock” will be returning next season for a final, abbreviated run.

The network said Thursday the much-acclaimed sitcom will air 13 episodes in its seventh season before calling it quits.

The show has been a critical favorite since premiering in 2006. It has won numerous awards, as have its creator-star Tina Fey and co-star Alec Baldwin. Many high-profile guest stars, including Matt Damon, Elizabeth Banks and Al Gore, have appeared on the show. But the series was never a ratings smash, and this year its audience has dwindled to an average 3.5 million viewers.

NBC will join other broadcast networks in unveiling full new prime-time schedules for advertisers next week. NBC will make its upcoming lineup official on Sunday.

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