Having spent most by far of the most recent 25 years—plus or take a year or two in the middle of the finish of All That and the beginning of his record-setting residency on Saturday Night Live—on TV, Kenan Thompson is finally prepared to evolve, Pokémon-style, into his final televisual form: hallowed role of put-upon sitcom dad. Vulture reports that NBC has requested a pilot for Thompson’s new featuring project, Saving Kenan; if the show goes to arrangement, it’ll more likely than not fill in as the endpoint for his keep running on SNL.
Produced by Kenan’s own TV father, Lorne Michaels, the show positions Thompson as that most sympathetic of comedy fathers: The bereaved father, doing his best to keep things together after the death of his wife. (Note to Kevin Can Wait: This kind of thing works better if the wife is dead before the series debuts.)
Over-working himself to exhaustion to do everything for his kids, Kenan’s character is forced to begrudgingly accept help from his father-in-law. Add a couple adorable kids, and it sounds like gold to us.
Kenan’s show isn’t the main comedy pilot NBC ordered up this week; the system is additionally thinking about Like Magic, a workplace sitcom about the relatable, regular-folks world of working magicians. No word on whether that one has any sitcom dads in tow