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NBC Developing Comdey Starring Kenan Thompson

Submitted by on November 19, 2012 – 1:09 pm Comments

Turns out, Kenan Thompson might soon make his way out of SNL and into a new sitcom being developed by NBC. NBC is basically developing a primetime comedy starring the SNL veteran and executive produced by SNL boss Lorne Michaels. According to TV Guide, the untitled family comedy, which has a script commitment from the network, would star Thompson as a man who moves in with his in-laws. Another member of the SNL team, writer Bryan Tucker, is writing the script and will executive produce with Thompson, Michaels and Andrew Singer (30 Rock).

On SNL, where he has been for the past 10 seasons, Thompson is best known for playing Deandre Cole, the singing host of fictional BET talk show What Up With That, and for a host of impersonations, including Al Sharpton, Bill Bosby and Whoopi Goldberg. For the uninitiated, Kenan Thompson is an actor and comedian. Besides being known for Saturday Night Live, he is also known for his starring roles in the films Good Burger and Fat Albert, his portrayal of Kenan Rockmore on the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel, and as an original cast member of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That.

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He ranked at #88 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Teen Stars. Throughout the 1990s, he frequently collaborated with fellow comedian Kel Mitchell. He has also had supporting roles in the movies Heavyweights, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, My Boss’s Daughter, and Snakes on a Plane. Kenan had a recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show as Junior, with co-star Kel Mitchell. Recently, he returned to Nickelodeon for the show The Mighty B! as the voice of Rocky Rhodes.

He also guest-starred on iCarly as himself. As of September 2012, Kenan has spent ten years in the cast of Saturday Night Live, tying him with former cast member Tim Meadows for longest running African-American cast member. Thompson also guest starred on the USA Network TV show Psych, Season 4′s “High Top Fade Out” (episode 7). He played an estranged college singing buddy of the character Gus. Here’s hoping, Kenan brings his extensive experience in humor to this new sitcom.

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