Tracy Morgan is making a triumphant return to the television comedy series world.
The 47-year-old comedian and actor who came to fame on “Saturday Night Live“ and later starred in the hit NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” will soon star in a new series on FX.
Fellow comedian Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele“) will write the pilot episode of the yet to be titled new show that will center around “a career criminal (Morgan) who is released from prison after 15 long years, hoping to reintegrate into a society that long ago left him behind. Now a man whose only expertise is making grilled cheese with an iron must navigate a modern world of political correctness, Internet, and self-driving cars.”
The deal between the comedian and FX is essentially unfinished business, as Morgan had just begun preliminary work on a show that would have teamed him with the creators of the popular sitcom “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” in 2014 when he was involved in a major car accident that nearly took his life.
Morgan, of course, suffered brain injuries and multiple broken bones in the accident that killed his friend and fellow comedian James McNair. After a lengthy recuperation period, Morgan slowly but surely made his way back into the public eye, first with a touching appearance at the Emmy Awards, then as a host on the current season of “Saturday Night Live.”
Production on the new series is expected to begin in May at the conclusion of Morgan’s Picking Up The Pieces tour.