Atlanta, Donald Glover's comedy about a group of guys navigating the city's rap scene, has earned enthusastic accolades from critics as well as fans who've helped it break viewership records for FX. Count Glover's former Community co-star Joel McHale, though, among the people who've yet to dig into the surrealist sitcom/drama.
McHale has a good excuse for missing out: the comic and actor is busy with a tour, a book and of course, his own new show The Great Indoors, debuting Oct. 27 on CBS. TVGuide.com was able to pin the mega multi-tasker down last week during a press event in Los Angeles where he joked that watching Atlanta wasn't high on his to-do list.
"I refuse to watch Atlanta. Because I am a huge fan of Savannah," he said in the deadpan, super-sarcastic style that's made him a star. He was kidding of course, adding, "Donald, please don't be mad at me. I don't watch anything. It's not because I don't want to. It's because I'm trying to make a television show, and I want it to be as successful as yours." His DVR is full of Atlanta episodes, he said, and he and his wife have a date to watch it when things slow down.
When he does finally tuck into it, he'll do so with grand expectations; he had gushing compliments for his former colleague.
"I don't say this lightly," he said, "'Cause there's only a couple people I ever worked with that I went, 'Oh. You're different than everybody.' And he's one of them. Like Robin Williams and Steve Martin. There's only been a couple people where I went, 'You are touched. You are different.'"
He threw other names — Meryl Streep, Elon Musk — into the conversation too, and it wasn't lost on him that he was putting Glover in the company of legends.
"It's high praise for a guy that hasn't watched his show."
The Great Indoors premieres on CBS Oct. 27. Atlanta airs Tuesdays on FX at 10/9c.