The creator of “Saturday Night Live” and one of his stars are teaming up for a new NBC comedy.
Lorne Michaels would executive produce and Kenan Thompson will write, star in and also exec produce the untitled comedy. NBC has given the duo a script commitment.
Thompson would play Kenan Monroe, who gives up his life in New York to move in with his suburban-dwelling in-laws, and deal with three generations of issues.
Thompson has been on “Saturday Night Live” since 2003.
Michaels, who also executive produces “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” “30 Rock” and “Up All Night,” will have his second project this development season with his Broadway Video banner and Universal Television. He also has a brothers comedy with Seth Meyers (also “Saturday Night Live”) and his younger brother Josh Meyers (“MadTV”). The brothers will write the project.
Thompson started acting with roles on “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Sister, Sister” and “The Parkers.” He then came into his own co-starring in Nickelodeon’s “Kenan & Kel” with Kel Mitchell. He has played Whoopi Goldberg, Charles Barkley and “The Rent is Too High” party head Jimmy McMillan, among others. He also has a recurring segment called “What’s Up With That.”