Friday, April 23, 2021

‘The Last O.G.’ Review: Tracy Morgan Makes ‘Triumphant’ TV Return (WATCH)

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Tracy Morgan of ‘TBS/The Last O.G.’ speaks onstage during the Turner Networks portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.
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*Forbes contributor Merrill Barr has penned a review of Tracy Morgan’s return to TV with the TBS comedy “The Last O.G.

On the series, Morgan stars as Tray, an ex-con newly released from prison on good behavior, who falls back on skills he learned in prison to support himself and his kids.

Barr noted that….“Now, not only is it the first leading role for Tracy Morgan since his life-threatening and potentially career-ending car accident in 2014, it is also the first Jordan Peele project to be released since winning the Oscar for best original screenplay earlier this month.”

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Tracy Morgan is seen on the set of ‘The Last OG’.
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Barr’s Review:

It is rare that a sitcom comes in fully formed, especially on cable where writing tends to languish unnecessarily at times. This is not true, however, of TBS’ latest, The Last O.G.

Created by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri, The Last O.G. stars Tracy Morgan as Tray, an ex-convict recently released from prison after serving a fifteen-year sentence and ready to get back to his old life. Unfortunately, that old life no longer exists anymore as his old hood has completely transformed while he was behind bars.

The biggest compliment that needs to be paid to The Last O.G. is how confident it is right out of the gate. The writing is crisp and Tracy Morgan is firing on all cylinders that make one truly happy to see him back in a leading role.

At first, the show feels like its going to be another Atlanta, a series that very much leaves comedy behind to serve the formatting of a half-hour drama (despite being sold as a comedy). The Last O.G. isn’t suffering from this identity crisis.

Once the first act kicks into gear and we start talking about “prison pad thai,” we know what kind of show we’re in for.

The Last O.G. looks for any opportunity it can to land a punch line and makes sure to deliver those goods with true efficiency and craft.

Overall, the show is coming out of the gate swinging in a way that can not be ignored. It very much has the potential to become a mainstay series for TBS, as well as a long-term gig for Morgan.

There’s a lot to love and a lot of material to mine that should please audiences in the hopeful years to come.

“The Last O.G” premieres tonight, Tuesday, April 3rd at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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