Host Tracy Morgan speaks onstage onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas

Host Tracy Morgan speaks onstage onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas

*Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has signed on to star in the FX Networks comedy pilot, “Death Pact.”

Morgan will play 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.

Production of the single-camera, half-hour pilot episode will take place this summer in New York or New Jersey.

“Death Pact” was co-created by Rob Long (Sullivan & Son, Cheers) and Tad Safran (The Long Weekend), who also serve as executive producers and writers. Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum of the Tannenbaum Company are executive producers.

“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.”