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The Last O.G. is coming back to TBS with a few major changes.
The WarnerMedia-backed basic-cable network has renewed its comedy series starring Tracy Morgan for a fourth season. Co-star Tiffany Haddish is also exiting the series after a three-season run, sources say. The in-demand actress does not currently have a contract for season four and is not expected to return. TBS declined comment on Haddish’s status, but the actress and comedian is not name-checked in the Thursday press release announcing the show’s renewal.
In keeping with what has become a bit of a tradition, the series is also changing showrunners. Owen Smith (Black-ish) becomes the show’s fourth showrunner, replacing Keenen Ivory Wayans. Wayans replaced Saladin Patterson, who stepped in for creator John Carcieri in season two.
“The Last O.G. has become more powerfully poignant with each season while always remaining incredibly funny,” said Sam Linsky and Adrienne O’Riain, co-heads of scripted original programming at TBS, TNT and TruTV. “Tracy Morgan embraces the world with his humor while Owen Smith tackles real-life conversations head-on through hilarity. We can’t wait to see where they take us in season four.”
The Last O.G., which stars Morgan as an ex-con who paves a new path after being released from a 15-year prison stint, ranks as one of basic cable’s top 10 comedies. TBS says the third season, which wrapped in June, has reached 20 million viewers when factoring in linear and digital platforms.
“I am so excited that we get to make another season of The Last O.G.,” Morgan said. “All I ever want to do is try and bring joy to people which is hard right now but I appreciate that we will have the chance to go back to work and do what we can to make the world a little brighter.”
As for Smith, his credits include Survivor’s Remorse, The Arsenio Hall Show, Whitney and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore. As a comedian, he has appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Conan. His recent hourlong comedy special, Good Luck Everybody, made history as the first special shot entirely on an iPhone.
“I was already a big fan of the show so getting the opportunity to helm this production and work with this amazing cast and crew is a huge honor,” said Smith. “I’m looking forward to telling stories that humanize Black men in ways that are not just comedic but relevant and real.” Smith joins a roster of The Last O.G. exec producers including Jordan Peele, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Joel Zadak and Steve Ast.
As for Haddish, she joined the series in 2017 after breaking out in NBC’s The Carmichael Show. The actress and comedian played Morgan’s ex-girlfriend on The Last O.G. The Girls Trip actress and comedian has continued to see her star rise with features including Like a Boss and The Kitchen. Her Netflix comedy Tiffany Haddish Presents: She Ready was recently renewed for a second season and Adult Swim revived animated series Tuca & Bertie, in which she voices one of the title characters. Her Netflix special Bat Mitzvah earned an Emmy nomination this summer.
TBS’ originals roster includes American Dad and the upcoming Chad and Obliterated. Anthology Miracle Workers remains on the bubble with a decision expected soon.
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