Tracy Morgan to star in new TBS series

Tracy Morgan arrives on the red carpet at the FX Networks upfront screening of 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' in New York City on March 30, 2016. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 (UPI) — Tracy Morgan is executive-producing and set to star in a single-camera comedy for TBS.

The cable network said Monday it has ordered 10 episodes of the as-yet-unnamed show, “which looks to capture the rawness of Tracy’s stand-up persona, while also commenting on race relations, the Gen X/Millennial gap and the American penal system.”

Created and executive-produced by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri, the contemporary comedy is set in Brooklyn and follows Morgan as he returns home after 15 years in prison.

“Tracy discovers that his former girlfriend has married an affable, successful white man, who is helping raise his twin sons he never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tracy falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading on unfamiliar territory,” a synopsis said.

“Tracy and Jordan are two of today’s most sought-after and authentically funny comedians, and this show captures all the hilarity you would expect from this brilliant duo,” Brett Weitz, executive vice president of programming for TBS, said in a statement. “TBS is becoming a home for the most creative and diverse comedy creators in the business, and Tracy and Jordan are a perfect fit for this network.”

Morgan is best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.” This will be Morgan’s first job as a series regular since he was seriously hurt as a passenger in a 2014 car crash.


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