Tracy Morgan Comedy Series Finds a New Home at TBS

     October 17, 2016


Tracy Morgan is returning to television, but not on FX as previously thought. It seemed like things were set for the 30 Rock veteran to star in an untitled comedy series for the network, which had ordered a pilot of the project, but now it’s landed over at TBS, which has bestowed it a straight-to-series order with a few tweaks.

Jordan Peele and John Carcieri created the single-camera comedy, but they are now giving it another rewrite, according to THR. The show will consist of 10 episodes and promises to capture Morgan’s stand-up persona while tackling topics of race, the gap between Generation X and Millennials, and the penal system.


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After FX passed on the pilot, TBS reportedly beat out Comedy Central in a heated bidding war. Here’s the logline for the series:

After being released on good behavior from a 15-year prison stint, Tracy is shocked to see just how much the world has changed in his absence. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, 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.

Morgan lent his talents to a handful of films, like The Night Before, Top Five, and The Boxtrolls. But he hasn’t found is “it” thing since 30 Rock capped in 2013 — a search that was hindered by his car accident. Peele, meanwhile, is continuing his post-Key & Peele ascension, giving this TBS series more clout. He co-wrote Keanu with his Comedy Central writer Alex Rubens and starred in the film, as well, with Keegan-Michael Key. He also wrote and directed a racially charged horror film called Get Out, which is generating a lot of buzz.