By Michael Slezak
September 18, 2008 at 11:47 PM EDT

It’s official: Oprah Winfrey is coming to 30 Rock, which means that a nation of people who have not discovered television’s funniest (and inexplicably not highest rated) sitcom may actually be tuning in on Thursday, November 6 at 9:30 ET/PT. I know, I know…last week I whined how I was worried that Tina Fey’s absurd/whip-smart comedy might be leaning too heavily on guest stars — and EWwy-nominated co-star Jane Krakowski’s revelation to New York magazine that Steve Martin may also be appearing this season only supports said theory — but today, I am choosing to be optimistic. After all, Fey’s quote in NBC’s press release confirming Winfrey’s spot actually made me chuckle: “Oprah is very funny in the episode and we are beyond grateful to have her.  Also, I would like to announce that we are officially best friends.” Ha!

Better still, though, is the thought that if Oprah’s stamp of approval can, for example, put Anna Karenina back on the best-sellers list, maybe she can deliver 30 Rock from critically-acclaimed-but-low-rated territory and send it to the top of the Nielsen charts. I’d like to suggest that Oprah start by promising A BRAND NEW CAR to every 30 Rock virgin who tunes in for her guest spot. And no complaining, long-time viewers: You already know that the laughs from Jenna’s appearance on Hardball alone (see below) are worth as much as (or perhaps more than) any hot-ass Jaguar.

For more 30 Rock, recall PopWatch’s initial reaction to Oprah’s guest spot, and check out EW’s Tina Fey cover story from April. Oh, and why not watch Fey’s Sarah Palin impersonation on SNL for the fifth (hundredth) time, too?