According to Variety, Kenan Thompson is creating a new live-action sketch comedy show for kids with a digital-media startup entitled “Pocket.watch Presents Skoogle”.
From Pocket.watch the show will be a half-hour series that “will feature Thompson as the voice of an Alexa-like digital assistant for kids who has been created to help kids with their daily problems.” The show will include a cast of up-and-coming talent, with sketches satirizing everything from apps to streaming services and social media.
Thompson is no stranger to sketch-company programming as he got his start on Nickelodeon kids’ sketch show “All That,” and went on to star in spinoff series “Kenan and Kel.” Currently Thompson is the longest-running cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” after joining the show in 2003.
With “Skoogle,” he’s reuniting with Albie Hecht, Pocket.watch’s chief content officer and the former Nickelodeon president who was the original development executive behind “All That.” “Skoogle” is the first major series production for the startup, comprising 10-13 episodes. The company plans to shop the show, aimed at kids 6-11, to streaming services and cable and broadcast TV networks, according to Hecht.
Pocket.watch was formed last year with the mission of creating a digital-first children’s entertainment brand from scratch. “Skoogle” is created and executive produced by Thompson and Hecht along with co-producers Josh Server (“All That”) and Mason Gordon (“Slamball”). Server and Gordon also serve as co-writers on the series with Thompson.