Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has closed a deal to star in the FX Networks comedy series pilot, "Death Pact," from Rob Long and Tad Safran, it was announced today by Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, FX. Production of the single-camera, half-hour pilot episode will take place this summer in New York or New Jersey.
“Needless to say anything starring Tracy Morgan could be off-the-charts hilarious and we’re betting this one is,” said Grad. “Rob Long, Tad Safran, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum have delivered a terrific starring vehicle for Tracy. We look forward to casting the other three co-stars and getting started with production. This is going to be fun.”
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.
"Death Pact" was co-created by Rob Long ("Sullivan & Son," "Cheers") and Tad Safran (The Long Weekend), who also serve as Executive Producers/Writers. Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum ("Two and a Half Men") of the Tannenbaum Company are Executive Producers. "Death Pact" is produced by FX Productions.