It did not take very long at all for the first “30 Rock” star to land another gig on television. After playing NBC page, janitor, and even head of programming Kenneth Parcel on the hit series for seven seasons, Jack McBrayer is heading away from New York City and onto “The Middle.”
According to a brand-new report from TVLine, the actor has signed on for at least one episode (and potentially more) to play Dr. Ted Goodwin, a dentist who is always a little bit on edge and, like Kenneth, somewhat boyish in nature. He enters the world of the show when he hires Frankie to be his hygienist, and we have a feeling already that this relationship between he and Patricia Heaton is going to be thoroughly entertaining to watch.
The move here for McBrayer is a very smart one in that he gets another opportunity to add something to his resume in a very short amount of time, and we see this being exceptionally useful moving forward if he wants to secure another series regular position. The entire “30 Rock” cast finished the series early enough for them to enter pilot season, but some of them may want time to develop their own solo projects, or they may merely want a break after seven long years on the air with constantly-changing timeslots and debates over renewal.
“The Middle” will continue to air new episodes on ABC Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, and McBrayer’s episode will air in the coming weeks.
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