Kenan Thompson, as we know is one the longest-tenured cast members of Saturday Night Live (SNL) over the past several years. However, over the past few months, speculation is rife that Kenan will not be a part of SNL' upcoming season. Amidst all these speculations, according to a report in Hollywood Reporter, Kenan is heading to primetime television and his scripted comedy pilot - The Kenan Show in the upcoming schedule.
The single-camera comedy, exec produced by SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels, stars the comedian as a newly widowed dad who is determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law (played by Andy Garcia) become more involved in their lives.
Insiders say Thompson — who is closing out his record 16th season on SNL — is expected to return to the sketch comedy next year, though it remains unclear in what capacity. Others note that The Kenan Show may have been picked up with a short-order for midseason, meaning he could film the series during SNL's hiatus. That would be similar to what fellow SNL star Aidy Bryant did with her Hulu comedy, Shrill.
What's more, Thompson is also set to serve as a judge for NBC's comedy competition series Bring the Funny. A premiere date for that series has not yet been determined.