'30 Rock': Live and in Living Glover
'Community' star Donald to play young Tracy in upcoming live episode
By Kenny Herzog Apr 13, 2012 9:44AM
Oh, what can't young Donald Glover do? The 28-year-old actor/comedian/writer/rapper is like Eddie Murphy 2.0, but with actual musical gifts. He's also pulling double duty on an upcoming NBC Thursday night. TV Line reports that the funnyman and "Community" star will be popping up in the live April 26 episode of "30 Rock," playing none other than a younger version of Tracy Morgan's loose alter-ego, Tracy Jordan, in flashbacks.
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Much as it would delight fans of both shows to imagine that their cast and producers work in collaborative harmony and share alternative-sitcom war stories over tea, this is actually an inevitable reunion. Back in 2008 and 2009, Glover penned a couple of "30 Rock" episodes and even appeared in blink-and-you-miss-'em bit parts in a few more.
According to TV Line, the episode in question revolves around whether "The Girlie Show" will continue to be filmed live or transition to edited, pre-taped broadcasts. We're not sure if that's Tina Fey's way of subliminally trying to tell Lorne Michaels and "SNL" something, but we'll be more explicit: Lorne, keep it under advisement, especially if you're considering Lindsay Lohan as host.
"30 Rock" airs Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The special live episode featuring Donald Glover airs Thurdsay, April 26. "Community" airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.