Kenan Thompson’s Single-Dad Comedy in the Works at NBC

Lawrence Kim
September 24, 2018

Fresh off his first Emmy Award for his performance in Saturday Night Live, news has surfaced that Kenan Thompson may star in his own primetime comedy series. Deadline reports that NBC has committed to producing a pilot for a comedy called Saving Larry that would star the SNL fixture as a single father.

In Saving Larrry, Thompson would play "a father who is left to parent his kids after the death of his wife with his father-in-law hovering over him".

Thompson is now SNL's longest running cast member, so if he does make the leap he'll be ending a 16 season run on the show. Thompson first joined the show in 2003 and was recently nominated for his first acting Emmy in the supporting actor in a comedy category.

Thompson is repped by UTA, Michael Goldman, and Del Shaw.

This also would not be Thompson's first time starring in a sitcom as he famously starred in the beloved Nickelodeon show Kenan & Kel from 1996 until 2001. That project had a script commitment. He has executive produced such comedy series for the network as the Emmy-winning 30 Rock, Up All Night and A.P. Bio, which was renewed for a second season.

The fate of Thompson's SNL future will most likely remain a mystery until a final decision comes closer to May when NBC makes its series order decisions.

Clarke, who has performed at UCB Theatre in Los Angeles, has been on NBC/Uni TV's Superstore since Day 1, rising to executive producer. She also previously worked on shows like "Undateable", "Happy Endings", and "Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television". Clarke is repped by UTA and Felker Toczek.

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