Tracy Morgan to Star in New TBS Comedy Created by Jordan Peele -- Get the Scoop!
By Leanne Aguilera
Tracy Morgan is officially coming back to TV!
The Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock alum is stepping back into our screens as the star of an upcoming still-untitled TBS comedy co-created by Key & Peele's Jordan Peele.
Here's what you need to know about Morgan's new role: 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.
This marks Morgan's first regular role on television since his accident in June 2014, when a vehicle carrying Morgan was struck by a Walmart tractor-trailer. The accident left the comedian in critical condition, and doctors feared that Morgan would never fully recover, as he sustained a severe brain injury, as well as a broken leg, nose and ribs.
Morgan recently opened up to ET about his accident last month at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys, where the actor was nominated for hosting Saturday Night Live. "I came back from a place that nobody thought I was going to come back from, you know? This is for all the survivors and my boy, Jimmy Mack, [James McNair, who died in the accident] and it means a lot to me," he said. "It really means a lot to me just to be alive. So I've transcended show business in that sense. I'm just happy to be alive."
According to TBS' press release, the 10-episode first season will look 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."
Morgan will also serve an executive producer on the single-cam project alongside creators Peele and John Carcieri (Vice Principals).
"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," said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of programming for TBS. "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."