Tracy Morgan’s FX comedy pilot back on track
Just two months after Tracy Morgan signed a straight-to-series pact with FX Networks, he was sidelined by a major car crash. Now eighteen months later, the 30 Rock star is moving ahead with a new FX comedy pilot. Jordan Peele and John Carcieri have signed on to pen the as yet untitled pilot about a career criminal who struggles to reintegrate into society after serving a 15-year prison sentence.
Peele and Carcieri will exec produce with Eric Tannenbaum and Joel Zadak, an alum of Peele’s Comedy Central sketch series Key and Peele. Morgan’s 2014 deal originally called for him to work with It’s Always Sunny‘s Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney on an FXX comedy. It’s unclear whether the new pilot will be for FXX or FX.
Morgan, repped by CAA, is currently headlining a national comedy tour and recently wrapped Richard Pryor biopic Is It Something I Said?, in which he plays comedian Redd Foxx.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis Topline Netflix’s “Black Mirror”
Netflix announced at the TCAs Sunday that Concussion star Gugu Mbatha-Raw and The Martian‘s Mackenzie Davis will star in one of the episodes of sci-fi anthology series BLACK MIRROR, to be directed by Owen Harris. Netflix ordered 12 all-new episodes last September, based on the hit British series of the same name, which gained popularity in the US after Netflix acquired exclusive streaming rights for the original seven episodes.
In addition to starring opposite Will Smith in Concussion, Mbatha-Raw starred in Beyond the Lights, Belle, and television series Undercovers and Touch. She is repped by CAA, Curtis Brown Group, and Authentic.
“Chicago P.D.” books Charisma Carpenter
Charisma Carpenter will recur on season 3 of CHICAGO P.D. as a lawyer-turned-marijuana dispensary owner who will possibly become a romantic interest for Detective Halstead. The character will first appear in episode 15 of the NBC drama, which returns from hiatus this Wednesday, January 20.
Miranda Rae Mayo adds “Oil” to the “Fire”
CHICAGO FIRE has tapped Blood & Oil’s Miranda Rae Mayo for a major recurring role that could potentially become a regular. She will play Stella Kidd, a fun, bawdy, tough, physical, and brazen firefighter joining Firehouse 51. Chicago Fire, which has spawned two spinoff series, is in its fourth season and already has been renewed for season 5.
Mayo was a regular on ABC’s Blood & Oil and previously recurred on Pretty Little Liars and The Game. She is repped by Abrams and Sheila Crawford Management.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer