“The Last O.G.,” TBS
Carcieri is a white guy who still carries the accent of his native Winston-Salem, N.C. — “where they make all the cigarettes,” he says. His new show, TBS’ “The Last O.G.,” stars Tracy Morgan as an ex-con who, fresh out of prison, returns to his old Brooklyn neighborhood to find it overrun with white gentrifiers.
“There’s a lot of crossover with black people and rednecks,” Carcieri says. “It’s something that a lot of people who aren’t from the South may not realize.”
“The Last O.G.” is the end result of a years-long process to develop a post-“30 Rock” comedy series for Morgan — one that was interrupted by the 2014 six-vehicle crash that severely injured the comedian. During his recovery, Morgan binge-watched Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” Afterward, he sought out Jordan Peele to develop a series with him, one that began at FX before migrating to TBS.
Peele brought Carcieri aboard as executive producer and showrunner, knowing his work from “Eastbound and Down” and “Vice Principals.” It was on the former that Carcieri got his first television job, hired as a writers’ assistant by his University of North Carolina classmates Jody Hill and Danny McBride.
“Nobody was going to hire me,” Carcieri says. “I didn’t have any experience on paper as a writer. But I had written screenplays with Jody and Danny. We had made films together in film school. They knew I could write.”
Carcieri became a staff writer beginning with season two, and head writer for season four. He went on to write most of the episodes of “Vice Principals” with McBride, and the upcoming feature “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter” with Hill.
Along the way Carcieri also worked on shows such as Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” and FX’s “Unsupervised.” But with “The Last O.G.,” he has a rare opportunity.
“Tracy is one of my comedy heroes,” he says. “I’ve looked up to him for years.” — Daniel Holloway
Representation: Agent: UTA; Lawyers: Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein