Tracy Morgan is officially making his return to series comedy. On TBS.
The network announced on Monday that it has picked up a show starring the 30 Rock veteran. Jordan Peele and John Carcieri (Vice Principals) are creating and executive-producing the untitled single-camera series, which received a 10-episode order.
The premise: Tracy has just been released from prison after serving 15 years, and returning to his freshly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he is surprised to find all the change in the world. This includes the fact that his ex-girlfriend is now married to a successful white man, and the two of them are raising his twin sons that he did not know about. “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,” continues the logline.
The series was initially developed at FX, which passed on the project. TBS says the show will comment on race relations, the Gen X/Millennial gap and the American penal system.
Morgan, who is also an executive producer of the show, has been slowly making a return to comedy after a serious car accident in 2014 that left him in a coma. He’ll also appear in the upcoming big-screen comedy Fist Fight.
TBS has been stepping up its scripted comedy efforts, unveiling Angie Tribeca, The Detour, and Wrecked earlier this year, while People of Earth and Search Party will hit the air in coming weeks.