NBC has ordered The Kenan Show starring Saturday Night Live funnyman, Kenan Thompson. NBC describes Thompson’s character as striving “to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who ‘helps’ in the most inappropriate ways.”
The cast includes Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett, and Andy Garcia.
Jackie Clarke will write and executive produce, as well as Thompson, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer.
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Thompson, who has become the heart and soul of SNL during his tenure, has repeatedly said he has no plans to quit SNL even with its ever-expanding portfolio.
“It’s the best job in the world,” Thompson said recently on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I can’t see myself just walking away from it like that, even with how busy I’ve been with another show on NBC called Bring the Funny.”
Thompson has been on SNL since 2003, making him the show’s longest-running cast member. This is his first prime time series for NBC. Clearly, the network sees high value in Thompson and giving him his own prime time show just solidifies it.
The Kenan Show is slated to premiere in early 2020.