Tracy Morgan’s Untitled Comedy Series Moved from FX to TBS

Actor Tracy Morgan attends the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

*The Tracy Morgan series that was being developed at FX has now moved to TBS.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Turner-owned TBS has given a straight-to-series order for the untitled comedy from creators Jordan Peele and John Carcieri.

FX had originally ordered a pilot, but chose to pass on the project after reviewing the first script and before it was produced.

The single-camera comedy became the subject of a multiple-network bidding war with TBS edging out Comedy Central for the series. Peele and Carcieri will now rewrite the script.

TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which it says will capture Morgan’s stand-up persona while also serving as a commentary on race relations, the Gen X/Millennial gap and the American penal system.

The new logline is as follows:

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 that 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.

“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 exec vp programming Brett Weitzsaid. “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.”

The Morgan comedy marks the comedian’s re-emergence following the near-fatal 2014 car accident that left him in a coma with several broken bones. Before the 2014 crash, which claimed the life of Morgan’s longtime friend, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, Morgan was readying another FX Networks vehicle that was ultimately scrapped.


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