Throughout Tuesday’s TCA panel, Kenan Thompson spoke about overcoming forged and artistic turnover to get his household sitcom on the air.
The third time seems to be the attraction for Kenan Thompson’s long-gestating NBC sitcom, “Kenan.” Previously titled “Saving Larry,” “Saving Kenan,” and “The Kenan Present,” the brand new single-cam comedy is ready to make its NBC debut Tuesday, February 16, and the primary full trailer is now obtainable to observe beneath.
NBC dropped the prolonged take a look at “Kenan” in the course of the present’s TCA panel on Tuesday, January 26, as a part of the continuing 2021 Winter Press Tour. Becoming a member of Thompson on the digital panel have been fellow forged members Don Johnson, Chris Redd, Kimrie Lewis, Dani and Dannah Lane, in addition to govt producers David Caspe, Ken Whittingham, and Jackie Clarke, who wrote the pilot.
“It was an extended course of, beginning with discovering somebody to choose the concept with,” Thompson mentioned. “Jackie and I had the same thought for what sort of present individuals hadn’t seen earlier than — how you can put a brand new twist on the ‘uplifting father determine’ sort of present.”
“Kenan” follows a widowed dad (Thompson) who’s juggling a high-profile job because the host of an Atlanta morning present whereas elevating his two ladies. As Kenan tries to maneuver on, his father-in-law (Don Johnson), brother (Chris Redd), and colleagues all have robust opinions on one of the best ways to stay his life. The present facilities on the familial relationships as Kenan tries to reclaim his life after his spouse’s dying.
Thompson initially made a cope with manufacturing firm Common Tv in late 2018, with plans for his single-dad comedy to air on NBC the next yr. Chris Rock joined as director and EP in January 2019, earlier than dropping out in a while. “The Kenan Present” bought a collection order in Could 2019, earlier than being retitled and launched as “Kenan” this yr.
Andy Garcia and Punam Patel additionally left in the course of the elongated improvement course of and have been changed by Don Johnson and Kimrie Lewis (“Single Mother and father”). Thompson, Dani and Dannah Lockett, who play his younger daughters, are the one forged members from the unique pilot who might be within the model that makes it to air subsequent month.
“Three completely different concepts, three completely different groups of individuals,” Thompson mentioned of the collection’ lengthy improvement course of. All revolved round Thompson enjoying a single father, however initially, his character had a distinct career. “Then we pivoted right into a morning present thought, and it had the same vitality to what individuals would possibly count on, given my ‘SNL’ vitality,” Thompson mentioned.
Some speculated the collection dedication would power Thompson to go away “SNL,” which he’s been part of for 18 seasons, however the longest-running forged member mentioned there are not any plans for his tenure to finish.
“I feel we’re dwelling in a distinct time,” Thompson mentioned. “There was a time when individuals would go away the present to enter their profession. However I’m of a distinct sort of pondering. I feel you are able to do each.”
Up to now, Thompson has solely needed to movie episodes of every collection back-to-back as soon as, when “SNL” did its Christmas present in December 2020. He and fellow joint forged member Chris Redd confirmed up in New York on Friday for rehearsals earlier than taking pictures, after which returned to Los Angeles for “Kenan.”
“We’ll see how exhausting it will get when it’s a extra common factor, however I’ll be dashing again to my [‘Kenan’] household, so it gained’t be exhausting. They’ll be holding me up,” he mentioned.
Watch the trailer beneath.
“Kenan” premieres Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.