Plans for Morgan show ‘fluid’
After funnyman Tracy Morgan’s hospitalization over the weekend following a multi-vehicle car wreck in New Jersey, questions over the status of his upcoming projects have come to light – among them are his comedy series for FX’s upstart comedy network FXX.
This year, FXX placed a 10-episode order for the untitled Morgan project – a half-hour comedy from FX Productions starring Morgan and created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton (the trio behind and in front of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Luvh Rakhe.
Production on the show was scheduled to begin in August and is set to debut in January on FXX. A statement from FX Networks and FX Productions indicates plans are now fluid pending Morgan’s recovery.
“The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident,” the statement read.
Two enter pleas in Cyrus theft
Los Angeles County prosecutors say an Arizona man and woman have pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing a Maserati, jewelry, purses and clothes from the home of Miley Cyrus.
Officials said Tuesday that 19-year-old Tylor Scott and 21-year-old Naomi Charles entered pleas Monday to one count each of first-degree residential burglary, grand theft of personal property, grand theft auto and unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle. A firearm allegation is included. They are due back in court next Wednesday.
Scott is also charged with one count each of first-degree residential burglary and grand theft firearm for an alleged May 15 burglary at a Woodland Hills home. The theft at Cyrus’ home took place two weeks later.
‘Disgraced’ heads to Broadway
Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a successful Pakistani-American lawyer whose dinner party spins out of control amid a heated discussion of identity and religion, is coming to Broadway.
“Disgraced” had its world premiere at Chicago’s American Theater Company in 2012 and then ran at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater, starring Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent on “The Daily Show.” This time the cast will be led by Hari Dhillon, who played the lead in London, and Gretchen Mol, whose film credits include “Rounders.” It begins previews Sept. 27 and opens Oct. 23 at the Lyceum Theatre. Kimberly Senior, who directed the two previous productions, will direct on Broadway.
Walters to return to TV
She’s back – already.
Barbara Walters, who retired from “The View” and, at least, an active interview schedule for ABC News last month, will return to interview Peter Rodger, the father of Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who embarked on a killing spree May 23 in Isla Vista, Calif., near the University of California at Santa Barbara campus. Seven people, including Elliot Rodger, died.
In a brief statement Monday, ABC said, “The interview will air on an upcoming Special Edition of ‘20/20,’ as well as across all of the ABC News platforms.”