One of the world’s most charismatic actors has proven that he can indeed bring his proven talents to scripted television. Former WWE Champion and acclaimed action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will once again be the face of comedy on NBC, helming Young Rock, a sitcom about how he grew into the most electrifying man in entertainment.
NBC has announced that both Young Rock and fellow freshman sitcom Kenan will get second seasons in the coming year, continuing a successful block of television that loomed large on Tuesday nights for most of early 2021. Young Rock was ranked as the number 2 comedy of the season in 18-49 and picked up critical acclaim along the way.
Kenan, a single-camera comedy starring SNL star Kenan Thompson and Don Johnson as a widowed father and his father-in-law joining forces to make a home, will also return to the NBC schedule in the coming season. The show made waves on NBC’s digital platforms and garnered similar praise for its comedic chops.
In a statement to Hollywood Reporter, NBCUniversal President of Scripted Programming Lisa Katz had this to say about the renewals:
“It has been a true joy to watch Dwayne Johnson and Kenan Thompson on NBC every week and see families connect with their relatable, entertaining and heartwarming stories. We’re thrilled to renew both of these shows for another season and can’t wait to see more from Dwayne, Kenan and the incredibly talented casts and producing teams behind each of them.”
Both Young Rock and Kenan join a strong roster of veteran shows heading into NBC’s next season. New comedy Mr. Mayor previously gained a second season alongside longtime drama like Law & Order: SVU, the Chicago franchise and The Blacklist.