NBC announced that Thompson's Saturday Night Live co-star Redd and Johnson are joining his NBC comedy, which is now titled Kenan instead of The Kenan Show. Thompson and Redd are expected to continue working on SNL. Johnson replaces Garcia, who played Thompson's father-in-law in the original pilot. Redd will play the newly created character of Kenan's brother Gary. Thompson's wife role has also been recast, with Single Parents alum Kimrie Lewis taking over for Punam Patel. The only cast members returning from the original pilot are the actors who play Thompson's kids. Also coming aboard is Happy Endings creator David Caspe, who will serve as showrunner. Meanwhile, Chris Rock, who directed the first pilot, is too busy to direct the second.