Kenan Thompson’s ‘The Kenan Show’ Ordered to Series at NBC

Longest-tenured “SNL” cast member expected to stay on sketch-comedy show

Kenan Show
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NBC is getting even more of Kenan Thompson, picking up the “Saturday Night Live” vet’s comedy, “The Kenan Show” to series.

Here is the logline for the series, from NBC: In this family comedy, Kenan Thompson strives 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. Thompson stars alongside Punam Patel, Dani and Dannah Lockett and Andy Garcia.

Despite the series pickup, Thompson is expected to remain on the long-running sketch comedy show when it returns in the fall for its 45th season. “SNL” has two episodes left in its current season.

Last week, Thompson told Ellen DeGeneres he wasn’t leaving “SNL,” which he has been with since 2003. “It’s the best job in the world. I can’t see myself just walking away from it like that, even with how busy I’ve been lately.” Along with “The Kenan Show,” Thompson is set to be a judge on NBC’s reality competition series “Bring the Funny” with Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy.

Jackie Clarke will write and executive produce, with Thompson, “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer executive producing as well. Chris Rock is also on board as a director and executive producer.

“The Kenan Show” is produced by Universal Television in association with Broadway Video.

“The Kenan Show” joins fellow NBC new series “Bluff City Law,” “Council of Dads,” “Sunnyside,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and “Law & Order: Hate Crimes.”