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NBC’s ‘30 Rock’ visits ‘Stone Mountain’ tonight

Jack mcBrayer

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.

On TV
“30 Rock,” 9:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC

34 comments Add your comment

Toots

October 29th, 2009
4:16 pm

Yay Jack McBrayer!! He’s awesome.

Jrm

October 29th, 2009
4:25 pm

guess that I20 runoff is creating stars on the East side, they just keep coming.

Captain Midnight

October 29th, 2009
4:31 pm

Cool! Largest Confederate monument in the country! Hope they play the Elvis trilogy! Look away Dixieland!

Rick

October 29th, 2009
6:37 pm

Does anyone proofread the stories for this site before they are posted?

“This the promo for tonight online but it doesn’t address the Stone Mountain story line”

Billyjean

October 29th, 2009
9:27 pm

Yeah Stone Mountain!I walked up that thing today-coincidence.

ryan

October 29th, 2009
9:45 pm

Not sure what the hoopla is about, they are definitely going to mock our culture in the south.

Tree

October 29th, 2009
9:48 pm

I attended school with Jack in Macon. He was hilarious back then. Good work dude you make us proud.

wordy

October 29th, 2009
9:54 pm

morons….stone mountain is backwoods redneck country….please visit and check it.

DWH

October 29th, 2009
10:06 pm

Redneck? I guess you haven’t been there in about 30 years. I’d say Stone Mountain is much closer to ghetto than redneck.

oldschooldog

October 29th, 2009
10:28 pm

Stone Mountain rocks! Aways has, always will.

Jeff

October 29th, 2009
11:32 pm

What is it about Conyers and actors/performers? Dakota Fanning, Jack McBrayer, Holly Hunter, DeForest Kelley, Brenda Lee. Weird.

Patrick

October 29th, 2009
11:57 pm

This episode was terrible!

Crystal

October 30th, 2009
12:02 am

This episode was terrible! Did the show’s writers even look at a map before writing the episode? I dont mind them picking on small Southern towns but geez- at least get it right. Stone Mountain is a suburb of Atlanta- not some podunk town with a Fatty McFatty’s like they depicted in the episode.

Warren Peace

October 30th, 2009
12:27 am

When are they going to sandblast that redneck carving off the mountain. Maybe they could put a white sheet over it. Oh heck, I could write for 30 Rock.

nic

October 30th, 2009
12:51 am

doea ant\yone know the opening

Nativeson71

October 30th, 2009
7:27 am

Stone Mountain used to be all white…then around 1990 it started changing.
“*********************The more you know!”

Slater

October 30th, 2009
7:54 am

Greetings! I watched the show last night and a google search of Stone Mountain brought me to this page. I don’t live in the south, I live in Southern California. To be honest, I’m not even really sure where Atlanta is. I could look it up, but I really don’t care that much. I’m guessing somewhere around New Orleans? I picture the place pretty sparse with some racist white people and sweaty black people. Lots and lots of mobile homes surrounded by swamps and what not. I do plan on loading up google earth though in a minute and trying to find it. I know the Olympics were there at one point, so it can’t be as bad as I picture it. I’m sure you have some large buildings and stuff. Just wanted to throw out an outsiders point of view. I’ve never traveled past Vegas, which is in Nevada.

TLM

October 30th, 2009
7:59 am

Amen DWH! You hit the nail on the head!!!

Yeah, I saw it..

October 30th, 2009
8:01 am

Yeah, I saw the show last night. It was too funny. You goota love Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan…they are Hilla-r-i-ous!

Great show – I watch it every Thursday. Oh, I also watch the Office, Friday Night Lights, LOST, So You Think You Can Dance, the GAME and CSI: Miami.

I used to watch Las Vegas – before it was cancelled.

Dixie girl

October 30th, 2009
8:04 am

Slater – you are an ignorant troll.

As for 30 Rock, there was no way that episode would not have mocked southerners given how they treat the Kenneth character. Stone Mtn is a ghetto now for the most part. It is nothing like what was portrayed to the nation on 30 Rock.

I really hope most people know better, but I imagine there are a lot of people up North and apparently out West that are idiotic enough to believe that we are still basically living scenes out of Deliverance every day.

Brett Martin

October 30th, 2009
9:49 am

I love 30 Rock but I must say…they made Stone Mountain (and Atlanta) out to be a bunch of dumb rednecks who love fried food. This is the New York and Hollywood mentality of what the south is like. As an entertainment reporter for many years I can tell you that even Hollywood stars think Atlanta is all about

1) Fried food

2) Usher, Luda, Outcast, Whitney and Bobby, and Jermaine D.

3) Backward rednecks

This is NOT my view but it is the view by MANY in Hollywood..sadly.

Jimmy Barron

October 30th, 2009
10:51 am

Get over it. The Stone Mountain comedian had the last laugh–making fun of New Yorkers. Do you think New Yorkers are upset this morning?

The Standard!

October 30th, 2009
12:46 pm

BRETT!!! You are missed, man! I’ll have to catch this one. I missed it. But back in the day, at the park, the Klan did hold it’s meeting on top of the mountain. NOW, though, it’s mostly urban, heavy Caribbean, so anyone that comes here looking for what they got on 30 Rock are in for a surprise! lol… I remember years ago a naïve friend of mine from New Jersey was driving through when she was in college, called from a pay phone on Memorial Drive to stop by (we live toward Snellville) and got the machine. I came home to a message left at 1AM that ended, “…well, I think there’s a drug going down so I’m going to go now.” LOL!!!

@ Nativeson71 1990? C’mon…

Jeremy

October 30th, 2009
7:13 pm

Hate to say it, but Slater and Brett Martin have pretty much nailed how a lot of the country views the South, and Atlanta for that matter. I’m originally from Denver, and it was quite scarey at first to move down here.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

October 30th, 2009
7:43 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the concept of hyperbole for the sake of humor. And sadly, the stereotypes (exaggerated as they are) aren’t quite as far off as locals would like to think.

And by the way… I’ve lived in Georgia my whole life, as have my parents and as did both sets of grandparents.

The One

October 31st, 2009
1:58 am

To Slater and Dixie, wow is all I can say. Slater travel it will enlighten u. Dixie, I live in a 5500 square foot home in Stone Mountain and I hardly live in a ghetto. When a person has to berate people, then usually feel inferior, you sound like that.

Troy L.

October 31st, 2009
8:25 am

The first things that come to my mind when I hear Atlanta is heat, chain-gangs, sweet tea, fried food, alligators, porch rocking chairs, and old folks. To be fair, the first things that come to my mind when I hear Texas is BBQ, cattle, flat desert, rednecks, college/high school football, and the alamo.

aboch

October 31st, 2009
10:19 am

I’ve read some interviews about this and apparently Tina Fey and the rest of the 30 Rock gang are in on the joke that this isn’t what Stone Mountain, or all of the south is like. Kenneth the Page is supposed to be a backwards character and as the article says, they wanted him to be from what sounds like a hick town. Stone Mountain is a pretty funny name to those who haven’t grown up being used to it. Plus if you watch the high school reunion episode from last season you will see that they addressed what Kenneth’s high school reunion would have looked like in the real Stone Mountain.

Debra

October 31st, 2009
10:38 am

Tired of watching programs/movies that insult. Goodbye 30 Rock. Tina Fey, all you have going for you is that you are almost as attractive as Sarah Palin. Almost, but not quite. And I think she has a brighter bulb than you, too.

Stimpy

October 31st, 2009
6:16 pm

Debra, you are one dumb broad. Seriously.

[...] to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article (thanks, Claire!), a former writer for 30 Rock was a Stone Mountain native and suggested the town [...]

Morning Coffee

November 2nd, 2009
8:28 am

Glad to hear all of those Northeasterner and Westerners won’t be coming to Georgia to drive up our cost of living and ruin this awesome place. Shhh lets keep our pristine parks and low cost of living a secret. Let them poke fun…we are the ones smiling. BTW – that was a hilarious episode.

Airframe

November 5th, 2009
9:59 pm

30 Rock insulted the Ga by dredging up old stereotypes. And recently I heard a pundit on NPR say that Obama’s popularity declines are most notable in the “white south” . Where is this stuff coming from- the 1960’s.? We are long past this- prior to this recession,we were leaders in job and population growth for years , major Fortune 500 companies relocate here, we have tremendous diversity, and the engimneers trained at Ga Tech go out to California to take Slater’s job in the Silicon Valley. I enjoy 30 Rock, but it crossed the line.

chuck

January 5th, 2010
4:34 pm

I live and work one town over from Stone Mountain GA and this “white” hillbilly thing is so far off it is unbelievable. 30 Rock really screwed up with this one. Stone Mountain has been Black for 10 years now. The only things still “white” in Stone Mountain now are the confederate names on the street signs. Maybe they should have called someone in GA and asked. Atlanta is the new New Orleans, Washington DC, and Detroit.