Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Former Nickelodeon And "Kenan And Kel" Star Kenan Thompson Developing New Family Sitcom For NBC

From Digital Spy:
Kenan Thompson developing new NBC sitcom

The Saturday Night Live star is working on a new family comedy.

[Image/photograph of Kenan Thompson] © WENN

Kenan Thompson is developing a new sitcom for NBC.

The Kenan & Kel star - who currently features on Saturday Night Live - would play a man who moves in with his in-laws, according to TV Guide.

Saturday Night Live writer Bryan Tucker is penning the script for the pilot and will also executive produce alongside Thompson, SNL's Lorne Michaels and 30 Rock's Andrew Singer.

Prior to joining Saturday Night Live in 2003, Thompson starred in Nickelodeon's teen sitcom Kenan & Kel from 1996 to 2008 and also appeared with co-star Kel Mitchell in the 1997 film Good Burger.

His additional credits include 2004 movie Fat Albert and 2006's Snakes on a Plane.

Last year [2011], Thompson told Digital Spy that he was eager to begin writing and producing his own projects.

"I want to get into producing and writing more for myself," said the 34-year-old. "Setting up my own films and seeing what kind of personal touch I can put on movies, as opposed to just being in them - that's always a goal of mine."

> Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson marries Christina Evangeline

Watch a clip of Kenan Thompson on Saturday Night Live [here on the official Digital Spy website, DigitalSpy.co.uk]
Also, from E! UK:
TV Scoop NEWS / Kenan Thompson May Leave Saturday Night Live, Has New Comedy Series in Development

Is Saturday Night Live losing another veteran castmember?

Kenan Thompson, who has been with the NBC staple series since 2003, is teaming up with Lorne Michaels to write, executive producer and star in a comedy series, a source confirms to E! News.

Those duties would surely take him away from the rigorous schedule of SNL, but the insider tells us that while Thompson and Lorne's script has been picked up, no other plans have been made regarding his departure.


The comedy series in development, which is untitled at the moment, will have Thompson playing a guy who leaves New York City to move in with his in-law's in the suburbs.

Thompson would end a 10-year run on SNL if he excited, leaving behind such memorable sketches as "What's Up With That?", and his impersonations of Rev. Al Sharpton, Whoopi Goldberg and Charles Barkley. Other SNL vets who have recently exited the show for other projects include Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, and it's rumored that Jason Sudekis is on his way out come the new year.

Now that Kenan is possibly free of SNL, someone get Kel Mitchell on the phone.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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