NBC Gives Pilot Order to ‘Saving Kenan’ and ‘Like Magic’

It seems like Kenan Thompson is leaving SNL sooner than anticipated. He holds the record for being the longest running cast member of the sketch comedy series. But now, he’s making the move from sketch comedy to primetime. According to THR, NBC has given the greenlight on a pilot for a comedy series called “Saving Kenan.”

In “Saving Kenan,” Thompson would play a newly widowed father trying to be supportive of his children. However, things become complicated once his father-in-law tries entering his family’s life.

The series started in development back in September. It was around the time Kenan Thompson won his first Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. He also achieved his first nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. At the time, it was hinted that if the series were greenlit, Thompson would likely exit SNL. But since the show is moving forward, Thompson’s departure is becoming likely. Thompson and SNL creator Lorne Michaels will executive produce the series. Writer Jackie Clarke from “Superstore” and Andrew Singer will executive produce as well.

However, “Saving Kenan” is not the only comedy NBC is moving forward on. NBC has also given a pilot order on “Like Magic,” a new workplace comedy. “Like Magic” follows an optimistic young woman chasing her dream of being a star magician.

Much like “Saving Kenan,” it has talent from the series “Superstore” involved. “Superstore” writers Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu created the series and will executive produce. Evidently, NBC likes to use its own brand of magic to keep their talent in house.

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