"Saturday Night Live" star Kenan Thompson has signed on to star in a comedy series that has received a production commitment at NBC, Variety has confirmed. 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.
Saving Larry centers on a dad (Thompson) who, after his wife dies, has to be both mother and father to his kids. And he has to do it all with his father-in-law hovering over him. With 15 seasons of the NBC sketch series under his belt, and a 16th kicking off on September 29, Thompson now holds the title for longest-running SNL cast member.
Speaking to THR in June, Thompson spoke candidly about the possibility of leaving the show and admitted he was not fond of thinking about it. "This is such a special place, you want to do your part here, but you also want to make room for people that are coming behind you", he said. This was the first year I really started feeling like, 'OK, I could push out of it now.' Chris Redd is super-duper strong, and I really look forward to his potential on the show.
Saving Larry would mark Thompson's return to comedy series, where he first rose to fame on Nickelodeon with All That and its spinoff Kenan & Kel. He just won a Music and Lyrics Emmy for SNL's "Come Back Barack", and this year bagged his first acting Emmy nod for his work on the series.
Will you miss Thompson on SNL, should he leave the series? Universal Television will produce along with Michaels' Broadway Video.