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Kenan Thompson Leaving 'SNL?' NBC Developing Family Comedy Sitcom For Him To Star In

by Courtney
November 19, 2012 4:08 PM
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NBC is reportedly developing a primetime family comedy sitcom for Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) to star in, and to be executive produced by Lorne Michaels.

According to TV Guide, NBC has committed to a script for a pilot for a yet-to-be-titled multi-generational family comedy, that will see Thompson as a man who moves in with his in-laws, and of course, hijinx and hilarity ensue.

So does this mean he's leaving Saturday Night Live, a show he's been on for 10 seasons?

I must admit that I've never really been a fan of his comedic style; I've just never found him funny. I guess I'm not in his target audience.

But a good look for him here.

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  • ConfieLaVerdad | November 22, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    He was not particularly funny, except for one thing.... him as the "rent Is Too Damn High" candidate!

  • Major H8er | February 8, 2013 2:41 PM

    Loveability or not, he is a hack. My gripe is that he can't do a straight joke to save his life. . . as is the case with most of the cast of SNL. I don't know who his manager is, but that guy has woven his magnum opus in giving Thompson a career. Every impersonation is the same, and he always has that "look, I'm being funny" grin going on. I guess that's cool in a high school play or a team building weekend where some training guru a-hole makes the office crew act out some skit, but for someone making the kinda money Kenan Thompson undoubtedly does. . . it is unacceptable. Maybe he is a straight-up dude in real life, but for the love of Christ (and let's go ahead and throw Satan in there too). . . get him off my screen.

    More Chris Hansen please!

  • Tamara | November 20, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    Bring back Kenan & Kel!!! Oh and congrats to Kenan

  • Akimbo | November 20, 2012 10:35 AMReply

    I like Kenan. I often think his lovability outweighs his talent, but I do think he's funny. I hope he gets a good team around him so he ends up with something smart and clever instead of dumb and cheesy. He needs to holla at Tina, Amy, and Donald.

  • ChgoSista | November 20, 2012 10:24 AMReply

    Don't know how 'great' or NOT great Kenan was/is on SNL, because I just can't do the show anymore--not because of HIM, per se, just...PERIOD. BUT--you have GOT to admit--when he did Steve Harvey as host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," that was heeeeeeelarious. Also, the "What's Up With That," preacher-man skit is cool. Other than that, I don't know. But let's see what Kenan can do before we damn him to hell... :-)

  • ChgoSista | November 20, 2012 3:29 PM

    Come on Jeni, you know the song is stuck in your head--'sang' it w/me now: "Oooooohhhhh weeeeeeeeee, what's up with that----what's up with that? Ooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhweeeeeeeeeeeee..."

  • Helluva | November 20, 2012 3:22 PM

    Hahaha, "What's Up With That" was cool, it grew on me. My fave of Kenan's was "This Here Is Real!" with him as the convict in the Scared Straight program (especially the ones he did with Betty White & Charles Barkley). Folks are tripping, most don't seem to even have watched SNL since Eddie left. Kenan is a reliable supporting actor, like Fred Armisen. No he's not Eddie Murphy or Kel Mitchell, but he ain't Garrett Morris either. Lighten up folks...

  • Jeni | November 20, 2012 11:24 AM

    "What's Up With That" is the only recurring skit that's left a lasting impression, and it is the absolute WORST. I really hope he didn't write that.

  • Orville | November 20, 2012 2:15 AMReply

    Wow so much hate for Kenan Thompson a hard working black actor and comedian! My goodness, Kenan has paid his dues on SNL, and he's getting his own show why can't people wait until the show actually airs before they attack the man? I swear black people sometimes we are our own worst enemy! Kenan is a positive image of a young black man in Hollywood yet he gets hate on this board and it sucks.

  • Winston | November 20, 2012 2:48 PM

    @Burnsy-- I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Kenan Thompson is likely your government name. And you are the unfunniest thing on SNL since Tim Meadows. SNL in general is unfunny. Any of the black dudes from MadTV could have run comedic (and actual) circles around Kenan's "comedy".

  • burnsy | November 20, 2012 1:58 PM

    Agreed, this is one reason why african americans are still in poverty. instead of us congratulating each other and looking to each other as role models we find something to dislike about a person or find some way to put them down. It has to stop. Also the "What's up with that" skits are hilarious, I don't know what some of you are talking about.

  • Deborah | November 20, 2012 12:53 AMReply

    I've never seen Good Burger or Fat Albert and what little he was given to do as one of the Two black guys on SNL just left me cold. The other time I saw him was in an episode of "Psych" with Jaleel White. It was called "High Top, Fade Out". The series stars Dule Hill and James Roday. He was good in that episode and had a lot of chemistry with the other actors. I hope that if it does happen for him; that its a good show.

  • ALM | November 20, 2012 1:36 PM

    I live for the episodes of "Psych" when the high school singing group gets back together. Boyz II Men does the theme song for those episodes, and they usually do one episode every season. "Psych" will be back on soon. Yay!!!!

  • PK | November 20, 2012 12:47 AMReply

    Sidenote: Doesn't it seem like Nick Cannon kind of ran with what could have become Kel Mitchell's career? On the kid-teen sketch comedy show "All That", Nick Cannon came in on later seasons and youth quickly thought he was a Kel wannabe. He got his own Nickelodeon variety show, that wasn't very funny. But after "Drumline" he's maintained a variety of entertainment careers and finally made something good "Wild N Out"

    Kel appears on various sitcoms (most recently the CW/MYchannel series "The First Family" and "The Game") . He still has good timing and physicality....what went wrong? Perhaps he should've pursued something with a bit of a dramatic edge like Nick Cannon and his indies.

    Then again , apparently only one type of similar actor can exist at a time. Michael Ealy is running with Terrance Howard's life (though I'm sure a lot of that is Mr.Howard's attitude/ego's fault)...

  • Troy | November 20, 2012 1:56 AM

    Kel must be the top black comedian or something all these posts about an actor thats a glorified extra. Another lightskinned guy gets a job and he got every other lightskinned actor's role.

  • PK | November 20, 2012 12:41 AMReply

    I've tried watching "SNL" so many times for him and it, and he sucks. He's been on the show a really long time, like Tim Meadows status, and I can't name one sketch he is in (meanwhile I can name Eddie Murphy sketches just from watching a "Best of SNL" tape a little when I was younger.

    "Kenan and Kel" was a really funny show. Even now, it airs late night on Nick channels and it's still funny. Kel was always funnier in his range from slow-witted to physical comedy reminiscent of Martin Lawrence. It wasn't just the show, but Kenan and Kel showed up together in other projects like episodes of "Steve Harvey Show" sitcom and "Sister, Sister", and were a funny duo. Kenan played the same character types, scheming and controlling. His "All That" sketches like "Super Dude" and "Ishbu" are still better than all his SNL work...and "Fat Albert" has he just become worse or is it solely the material of his adult years?

  • Troy | November 20, 2012 1:52 AM

    Remind me what Kel is doing that has million of viewers.

  • FactChecker | November 20, 2012 12:21 AMReply

    He's not funny, except for when he was channeling Oprah. He's definitely not a strong enough actor, nor does he have a strong enough following, to warrant his own TV show. And he and Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids) are the same type, in terms of casting, so what's going to be different about his show? For the last decade NBC has just been throwing anything to the wall and hoping it sticks. Keenan finally saw the writing on the wall, is all and decide to jump ship now. Other than Jason Sudekis and Seth Meyers, there's no one there that viewers are remotely familiar with and ALM is right, it hasn't been consistent in its writing or humor in a decade.

  • troy | November 20, 2012 1:50 AM

    So what black man stars in any genre of primetime broadcast show. Where did the we-shouldnt have-anything-if-we-arent-the-best-at-everything mentality come from?

  • Micah | November 19, 2012 11:42 PMReply

    While I appreciate the fact that NBC is making some effort for diversity, I don't know if he is a strong comedian to develop a show around. I've only caught glimpses of him on SNL when I come across clips online. They don't inspire confidence. Perhaps they'll have really great writers on the show that will play to his strong points. He seems like he only plays one note and that note is off.

  • troy | November 20, 2012 1:46 AM

    Basic white people get shows all the time but a black comedian must be in the top 5 to get a show.

  • ALM | November 19, 2012 8:56 PMReply

    That needs to say "executive produced by Quincy Jones instead of executive produced by Lorne Michaels". SNL hasn't been consistently funny in 10 years. Q's company did "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "In the House". We need those types of shows back on the air.

  • troy | November 20, 2012 1:45 AM

    haha, yeah bring back the 90s haha. Im all in for the future.

  • Jeni | November 19, 2012 8:45 PMReply

    He's a talented guy, but even just one 30 min episode of "Kenan and Kel" is better than any sketch I've seen him in the rare times I've tuned in to SNL during his 10 yr run. I hope he works with better **cough--and blacker--cough** writers than those at SNL.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 19, 2012 7:46 PMReply

    Kel was always the funnier of the two, but I'm glad to still see Kenan working and upping his resume. Most of those Snick vets keep it corny on the comedy tip, but at least he's not catching hell like Amanda Bynes.

  • Alex | November 19, 2012 7:09 PMReply

    I've never really found him funny, but he doesn't offend me. I think though, he has been around for so long, more than had good luck at a young age with a show that is a key marker in a lot of my generations childhood; then he had an education and it seems that his career could have burned out very quickly but he has chosen to grow / or maybe its all that was offered? Either way I'm happy for him getting to head up his own show, thats' big stuff, just when all his white SNL peers are breaking in to films and tv too.

  • Helluva | November 19, 2012 7:01 PMReply

    Yeah he is...

  • RayRay | November 19, 2012 6:12 PMReply

    He's not funny... at ALL...

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