Just when you thought it was gone forever, it returns. Maybe better than ever. Yet, is it really All That?
According to Deadline, Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson — formerly known from All That and Kenan & Kel — is revisiting the glory days with a new live-action sketch comedy show for kids.
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) August 2, 2017
It’s called Skoogle and will be available at pocket.watch, an “entertainment headquarters” for kids ages 2-11.
The source reports that Thompson will reteam with former President of Nickelodeon Entertainment Albie Hecht for the new series. He’s currently Chief Content Officer for pocket.watch. According to Deadline, Hecht applauds Kenan as follows.
“Kenan Thompson is a comedic genius. At Nickelodeon, I witnessed first-hand Kenan and his fellow cast members’ ability to turn everyday scenarios into hilarious adventures. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to once again reteam with Kenan and bring premium sketch comedy to a new generation of fans.”
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) August 2, 2017
Reportedly, Hecht will also co-executive produce with Kenan Thompson. Josh Server and Mason Gordon will also produce; they were a part of the All That team as well.
So, why bring it back now?…
Well, the source states that the “‘never too young’ entrepreneurial spirit” encourages kids everywhere to start their own businesses at any age. Surely, you’ve seen tons of videos on YouTube which target kids, shot and produced by kids.
Heck, Nickelodeon even had a tremendously popular show about that very thing. It was called iCarly.
-IN 5, 4, 3, 2
-Sam y Freddie>>>>>Carly y Freddie, don't @ at me
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— silvia (@kidrauhlovevato) July 28, 2017
Nevertheless, Skoogle will have a slightly different feel than All That — but not too much. The source notes as follows.
“Skoogle will feature Thompson as the voice of the titular Skoogle, an Siri/Alexa-like digital assistant for kids who has been created to help with their daily problems. Along with his cast of kid entrepreneur inventors, Skoogle will satirize everything from service apps to streaming entertainment to social media. The series marks the first major series production for pocket.watch.”
Kenan Thompson is a vet in the game. The source even mentions him as “the longest running cast member” on SNL. Fourteen seasons!
— Splitsider (@Splitsider) August 1, 2017
Keep up the great work, Kenan. For sure. There are several of us who grew up watching him, at the same age. It was inspirational then. So, pretty positive that Skoogle will have a similar affect on those who watch it.
Too, he’s another Black actor who has remained scandal-free throughout his career. #BlackExcellence.
We don't give Kenan Thompson enough credit. He's remained relevant (& paid) since childhood & he's never in the media for anything negative. pic.twitter.com/mgckOU0nhT
— Block23ENT UK (@Block23ENT) August 3, 2017
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