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TBS' Tracy Morgan Comedy Enlists Cedric the Entertainer
Tracy Morgan's TBS comedy continues to build out its cast.
Cedric the Entertainer, Criminal Minds alum Taylor Mosby and The New Edition Story actor Dante Hoagland have signed on for roles in The Last O.G.
The half-hour centers on Tray (Morgan), an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released on good behavior from a 15-year prison stint. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (The Carmichael Show's Tiffany Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man who is helping raise Tray's twin sons who he never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tray falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading unfamiliar territory.
Cedric the Entertainer will portray Miniard Mullins, the head of the halfway house where Tray comes to stay after prison. He thinks of himself as the pinnacle of charisma at the house. The longtime comedian most recently starred in TV Land's The Soul Man, and his other credits include the Barbershop franchise and The Steve Harvey Show.
Mosby and Hoagland will play Shay's fraternal twins Amira and Shahzad. While they both physically resemble Tray, they grew up in private schools and can't relate to his tough upbringing. Tray is pretty certain that the twins are his, although Shay hasn't admitted it yet.
The Last O.G. is expected to premiere later this year.
Previously developed at FX, the single-camera comedy earned a straight-to-series order at TBS in October. The Last O.G. will mark Morgan's first regular series role since 30 Rock went off the air and, more notably, since his near-fatal multi-car collision in 2014. Morgan addresses the wreck, which killed his friend and fellow comedian Jimmy Mack, in his recently released Netflix stand-up special, aptly titled Staying Alive.
Jordan Peele created the series with John Carcieri (Vice Principals), who both exec produce with Morgan, Eric Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men), Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) and Joel Zadak (Key & Peele). Turner's Studio T will produce.