NBC’s “30 Rock,” the Emmy-winning comedy, features a former Conyers resident Jack McBrayer, who plays innocent NBC page Kenneth.
Kenneth’s fictional hometown? Stone Mountain.
So in tonight’s episode, according to the NBC tease, Liz (Tina Fey) and Jack (Alec Baldwin) venture to Stone Mountain to seek new talent.
It’s fairly clear that the show writers are not going to portray the real Stone Mountain, which is a suburban area packed with Krogers, gas stations and fast-food joints. Rather, it will probably be an updated version of Mayberry.
We are going to get Gary Peet, the mayor of the real Stone Mountain, to watch the show tonight and critique it. He is aware of the show, he said, but is not a regular viewer. I’ll post his thoughts tomorrow.
Donald Glover, a Stone Mountain native, used to write for “30 Rock” and was the source of the name. His bosses like that name because it sounded hick and Kenneth is kind of hick. What’s funny is McBrayer’s actual former residence of Conyers is relatively close by. (Glover now plays Troy on NBC’s comedy “Community”)
This is the promo for tonight online but it doesn’t address the Stone Mountain story line.
“30 Rock,” 9:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC