TBS announced on Monday, October 17, a straight-to-series pickup for a new comedy starring Tracy Morgan. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is created by recent Emmy winner Jordan Peele (“Key and Peele”) and John Carcieri (“Vice Principals”). Morgan will serve as executive producer in addition to his starring role.
The new series follows Morgan as a convict released from prison on good behavior after serving 15 years behind bars. He experiences culture clash when he returns to his now-gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood and to his twin sons whom he never knew existed.
Brett Weitz, executive vice president of programming for TBS, said in a statement, “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. 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.”
In recent years TBS has expanded its comedy lineup. This new series joins the Emmy nominated talk shows “Conan” and “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” as well as the police parody “Angie Tribeca,” road-trip farce “The Detour,” and deserted-island comedy “Wrecked.”
Morgan is a two-time Emmy nominated actor: for his supporting role in “30 Rock” (2009) and for guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live” (2016). This new series continues his impressive comeback following a near-fatal car accident in 2014, after which he underwent months of physical rehabilitation.
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