One of the mainstays of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is ready for prime time and has a commitment from NBC to move forward with a show. Deadline reports that the network is anteing up for a comedy starring Kenan Thompson, who is heading into his 16th season on “SNL.”
“In one of the biggest deals for a comedy project so far this season, NBC has given a production commitment to ‘Saving Larry,’ a single-camera comedy starring Thompson,” Deadline reports. “It hails from ‘SNL’ creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video as well as ‘Superstore’ executive producer Jackie Clarke.”
Thompson would reportedly exit his full-time role on “SNL” to focus on the sitcom if it goes to series.
“Written by Clarke, ‘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,” Deadline adds.
Thompson and Clarke executive produce with Michaels and Andrew Singer for Broadway Video. The project is produced by Universal Television.
Thompson is the longest-running cast member in “SNL’s” history.