Kenan Thompson is Heading to Primetime Television as Star of New NBC Comedy Series

Just before entering his 16th season of Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson is setting his sights on primetime television!

According to Variety, it has been confirmed that the comedian will star in a new NBC series, Saving Larry. The single-camera comedy will follow Thompson – who will play a father taking on the role as mother and father after his wife dies. In the series, Thompson’s character will also have the support of his father-in-law, whether he likes his hovering or not. The forthcoming series comes from SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, with Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke penning the script. Thompson will also serve as executive producer for the series.

Last year, Thompson officially became SNL’s longest-running cast member, with 15 seasons under his belt. Since joining the cast in 2003, Thompson has delivered hilarious skits one after the other and recently earned his first Emmy in the process. Along with Chris Redd, Eli Brueggeann and Will Stephen – Thompson scored an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their song “Come Back Barack.”

However, with the new gig –Thompson may have to end his streak as longest running cast member of SNL. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian-actor spoke about the possibly of ending his tenure. “I think about leaving and I fear 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.

Photo Credit: LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Kenan Thompson attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys Day 2 at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)