UPFRONT 2017: TBS's Tracy Morgan comedy "The Last O.G." casts Cedric The Entertainer, Taylor Mosby & Dante Hoagland
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
TBS's Tracy Morgan Comedy The Last O.G. Casts
Cedric The Entertainer, Taylor Mosby & Dante Hoagland
New Scripted Comedy Created by Jordan Peele & John Carcieri
Turner's TBS has cast Cedric the Entertainer (Barbershop), Taylor Mosby (Criminal Minds) and Dante Hoagland (The New Edition Story) as regulars in the upcoming comedy series The Last O.G., starring multiple Emmy® nominee Tracy Morgan (30 Rock). They join previously announced regulars Allen Maldonado (Straight Outta Compton), Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief) and Tiffany Haddish (Keanu) in the scripted comedy. Produced by Turner's Studio T, the series was created by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key & Peele) and John Carcieri (Vice Principals), who also serve as executive producers with Morgan, Eric Tannebaum (Two and a Half Men), Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) and Joel Zadak of Principato Young (Key & Peele).
The Last O.G., is slated to launch later this year on TBS 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 (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 play 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. Cedric the Entertainer has been a popular figure since his co-starring role on the hit comedy series The Steve Harvey Show. His extensive credits include the movies Barbershop, Madagascar, Ice Age and A Haunted House, as well as the television series The Soul Man, The Proud Family and The Comedy Get Down.
Mosby and Hoagland will portray Amira and Shahzad, Shay's fraternal twins. They both physically resemble Tray but grew up in private schools and can't relate to his hardscrabble upbringing. Tray is pretty certain that the twins are his, although Shay hasn't admitted it yet.
The Last O.G. is the latest series to join TBS's growing slate of premium comedy series. Last year, the network launched six consecutive hits, including five of cable's top 15 new comedies of 2016: Wrecked, The Detour, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, People of Earth and Angie Tribeca. TBS also claimed some of the most critically acclaimed comedies of the year, led by Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Search Party, both of which earned 100% Fresh critical ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. All six of TBS's 2016 comedies were renewed for new seasons. Joining the lineup this summer will be The Guest Book, an anthology comedy from writer/executive producer Greg Garcia.
TBS, a division of Turner, is one of basic cable's top entertainment networks with young adults and home to six of the most popular and critically acclaimed new comedies on cable – Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, People of Earth, Search Party and Wrecked – as well as the animated hit American Dad! Upcoming comedies include The Guest Book, The Cops, Tarantula and Final Space. TBS also presents late-night comedy in the form of CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and will soon launch the competition series Drop the Mic. In addition, the TBS lineup includes popular comedy hits like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Bob's Burgers, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl and 2 Broke Girls; blockbuster movies; and live coverage of Major League Baseball's regular and post-season play, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and ELEAGUE, Turner's eSports gaming league.
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