10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Keenen Ivory Wayans Joins Tracy Morgan-Tiffany Haddish TBS Comedy
Keenen Ivory Wayans is returning to television.
The In Living Color creator has boarded TBS' single-camera comedy The Last O.G. He will serve as showrunner for season three, replacing Saladin Patterson.
All told, Wayans is now the third showrunner on the Tracy Morgan-Tiffany Haddish series, with Patterson having replaced John Carcieri for season two. Carcieri — who created the comedy alongside executive producer Jordan Peele — departed after season one. Wayans will exec produce the series alongside Morgan, Peele, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Joel Zadak, and also will serve as writer and direct four episodes.
"I’m thrilled and excited to be working with such a great cast, team of producers and reuniting with Tracy Morgan,” Wayans said Wednesday in a statement. “Together we’re all going to take the show to the next level.”
Morgan and Wayans previously worked together on the 2006 feature Little Man, which was written and directed by Wayans. His credits also include White Chicks, the Scary Movie franchise and Hollywood Shuffle.
“We can’t wait to see where Keenen takes this series next,” said Brett Weitz, TBS, TNT and truTV GM. “It’s honestly a dream scenario to work with one of the true trail-blazers of social humor; he’s the perfect fit for The Last O.G."
The Last O.G. was renewed for a third season in April. TBS said at the time that 25 million viewers had watched or sampled the series on linear, digital, on-demand and mobile platforms.