As first reported on TVLine.com, COMMUNITY's Donald Glover is set to guest star as 'Tracy Jordan' on the upcoming 30 ROCK live episode. The episode will air on April 26 at 8:30 pm/ET. Glover previously worked as a writer for the NBC comedy.
30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock has revealed that Glover will portray Tracy Morgan's character "as a younger man", explaining, “Donald does an excellent Tracy Morgan-slash-Jordan impression.”
Carlock noted that this will not be the first time Glover has "filled in" for Morgan. In a Season 1 episode entitled "Werewold Bar Mitzvah", “Tracy wasn’t available, so Donald came in and [performed the extra material]. I don’t think you can tell. It’s pretty remarkable. All the spoken stuff is Donald doing Tracy.”
The storyline of the upcoming live episode will follow the fictional Kabletown Network's decision to discontinue TGS as a live show. Liz and Jack are happy about the news since shooting taped episodes will be less time consuming for them. Kenneth, however, “tries to convince everyone that live television is worth doing,” explains Carlock, “and he does that by taking us back through the history of TGS.” As a result, a good portion of the half-hour features newly-created “flashbacks to old shows, and our [cast] jumps around playing all of those old parts.”