Tracy Morgan’s 2014 accident wrought much more immediate concerns than his FXX TV deal, but with the revered SNL alum and 30 Rock star officially back in rotation, Morgan is returning to past projects. TBS has officially snagged Morgan’s full series commitment with Jordan Peele for a new half-hour comedy.
After years of struggling to find the right director and — more importantly — the right actor for the Richard Pryor biopic, the film is finally on its way to production, with Lee Daniels at the helm. Back in August, Mike Epps was confirmed for the role of the late Pryor, but the film may be close to casting another iconic comedian as Tracy Morgan is reportedly in talks to play Redd Foxx.
Every time an SNL alumni returns to the host the show, they are often granted the chance to dust off characters and recurring sketches. Sometimes, the results can be a little sad. Sometimes, the results can be funny and get your nostalgia pumping into overdrive. Tracy Morgan returning to the character of Brian Fellow was the definitely the latter...even though one of his co-stars did steal the sketch right out from under him.
Yesterday’s horrid SNL news aside, this weekend will bring one of the most anticipated outings of the year, as alumni Tracy Morgan returns to the SNL stage after 2014's debilitating accident. As we saw at the Emmys, Tracy is still Tracy, getting everyone pregnant, and mistaking Bobby Moynihan for Horatio Sanz, as one does.
Tracy Morgan made quite the emotional return to the public eye during the 2015 Emmy Awards, his first televised appearance since the comedian’s involvement in a major car accident last year. In addition to hosting SNL this fall and working on his new FXX show, Morgan has also set his first film role since the accident: the actor and comedian has joined Ice Cube and Charlie Day in the upcoming comedy Fist Fight.
At last year’s Emmys, Jimmy Kimmel sent a message to Tracy Morgan, who had been hospitalized in a coma following a traffic accident that killed one of Morgan’s friends and fellow comedians. “Shout out to Tracy Morgan, we’ll see you next year, Tracy,” Kimmel told the audience at the time. Almost one year later, Morgan made good on Kimmel’s promise and surprised the Emmys crowd as he arrived on stage to present the final award of the night for Best Drama Series to a standing ovation from the crowd.