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Tracy Morgan Books First Full-Time TV Gig Since Near-Fatal Accident

He'll play an ex-con readjusting to life

Tim Surette

Well this is GREAT news. In his first regular television gig since an automobile accident nearly took his life, Tracy Morgan will star in a new comedy for TBS.

The untitled program was ordered straight to series by the rejuvenated network, and will harness Morgan's raw stand-up comedy to look at gentrification, race relations, the penal system and fatherhood. Morgan will play Tracy, an ex-con just released after 15 years in the slammer. But with his newfound freedom he notices changes in his hometown of Brooklyn, discovers his girlfriend married a white dude and meets his two twin boys he never knew he had. With no money or job prospects, Tracy uses the skills he learned in jail to stay afloat.

Tracy Morgan performed for the doctors and nurses who saved his life

The series was created by Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) and John Carcieri (Vice Principals), with Morgan on board as an executive producer. It was originally set up at FX, but lands at TBS where original comedy has become a priority under Kevin Reilly's management.

Everyone has been rooting for Morgan's comeback since the 30 Rock alum was nearly killed in a June 2014 car accident when the vehicle he was in was hit by a truck. The accident took the life of Morgan's friend, James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.

But Morgan's been resilient since the accident, hosting Saturday Night Live, making an appearance at the Emmys and even getting married.

TBS has not announced a premiere date for Morgan's new comedy.