Tracy Morgan has made his return to stand-up look natural and plans to do the same with his new series executively produced by Jordan Peele.
The unnamed straight-to-series order was picked up by TBS, USA Today reports. Created from the minds of Peele (Key & Peele, Keanu) and John Carcieri (Vice Principals), the show was previously picked by FX before Morgan’s 2014 car accident. The network eventually passed on the final script. Morgan will star as a convict who was released early after serving 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,” the show’s description reads. “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.”
The series isn’t looking to mock black, brown or gentrified folks, but to combine race relations with the “rawness of Tracy’s stand-up persona.” “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 via TVLine. “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 series is the first starring role the actor on the small screen since the ending of the Emmy-winning series 30 Rock in 2013. Morgan will star on the big screen in 2017 alongside Ice Cube and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Charlie Day in the comedy Fist Fight .