Tracy Morgan Lands at FX with New Sitcom Pilot

Tracy Morgan, seen earlier this month at the Billboard Music Awards, which he hosted (Photo: Getty Images)

Tracy Morgan is eyeing a return to TV comedy with a new show under consideration at FX.

The cable network — home to sitcoms such as “Louie” (starring Louis C.K.) and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” — says it has given the go-ahead for Morgan to produce a pilot for a proposed series called “Death Pact.”

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An FX announcement described the series this way: “In ‘Death Pact,’ Morgan stars as a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach, who returns to his hometown as a decorated war hero. He runs across three down-on-their-luck friends and former students and sucks them into his new radical self-help philosophy, which involves harsh consequences for failure.”

Based on that description, we’re not sure what the “death pact” is — but this show is apparently a work in progress. Among other things, the three friends have not yet been cast.

Watch Tracy Morgan in the series finale of “30 Rock” from last January:
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“Needless to say anything starring Tracy Morgan could be off-the-charts hilarious and we’re betting this one is,” said Nick Grad, executive vice president of original programming and development for FX. “We look forward to casting the other three co-stars and getting started with production. This is going to be fun.”

Production is scheduled for this summer in New York and New Jersey. Also involved in the creation and production of “Death Pact”: Producers Rob Long, Tad Safran, and Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.

This pilot is the first TV project for Morgan, 44, since “30 Rock” concluded this past season. Since then, he’s been touring with his stand-up act — titled “Excuse My French.” He also hosted the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month.

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