NBC’s new sea­son in­cludes Ke­nan Thomp­son show

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Ke­nan Thomp­son will be pulling dou­ble-duty at NBC next sea­son. He’s star­ring in a new com­edy while stick­ing with “Satur­day Night Live.”

NBC’s an­nounce­ment Sun­day of its 2019-20 line-up in­cludes “The Ke­nan Show,” with Thomp­son and Chris Rock among the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

Thomp­son plays a ded­i­cated dad bal­anc­ing fam­ily, work and a med­dling fa­ther-in-law played by Andy Garcia.

The mid­sea­son se­ries is among four new sit­coms for NBC, re­flect­ing what its ex­ec­u­tives called an in­creased focus on com­edy at the net­work.

NBC also said it’s re­new­ing the fam­ily drama “This Is Us” for three more sea­sons and leav­ing the door open to more af­ter that.

“This Is Us” will re­turn in the fall, but fans of some NBC shows, in­clud­ing “Man­i­fest,” will have to wait until mid­sea­son in early 2020.

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