'Keke & Jamal': Keke Palmer Shares Rare Footage From Unaired Disney Channel Pilot

August 11 2020

Keke Palmer took us on a trip back to the mid-2000s in a recent post on Instagram. She posted never-before-seen scenes from her Disney Channel pilot, Keke & Jamal. The pilot was filmed but never got picked up.

Some Disney Channel fans may remember when it was in development way back when. The pilot filmed in 2005, prior to her starring in Akeelah & The Bee in 2006. In 2007, she ended up back at Disney Channel for the film, Jump In. Keke & Jamal's co-lead was Andre Jamal Kinney, who would go on to have a major recurring role as Cooper on Hannah Montana in its first season. Vanessa Hudgens was also set to be a series regular.

She wrote in the caption,  “When I first moved to California I was introduced to Ralph Farquhar (one of the creators of The Proud FamilyMoeshaThe Parkers etc.) he took a chance on me and he landed me this pilot with Disney Channel that didn’t get picked up called Keke & Jamal. It was loosely based on my life. A little girl named Keke with big dreams of being an entertainer and her tight nit family. I was 10 years old and I can remember it like it was yesterday. We filmed this on the old That’s So Raven set and that was when I first met Raven-Symoné. True dream come true for me and like a fairytale. I hope it makes you laugh like it has made me.”

Kinney also shared footage on his Instagram page as well, writing, “Fun Fact: A year before joining the Hannah Montana cast, @keke and I shot a pilot together called Keke and Jamal. Our chemistry was tooooooo good ????. (And yes, that’s @vanessahudgens pre HSM.) At this time, I’d already shot another Disney pilot with Zac Efron that didn’t make it to series, and I was playing various characters on The Proud Family. A LOT was happening at that time, but I wanted sooo badly to go to series with this show and wave my little Disney wand around and say “Hey, I’m Andre Jamal Kinney, and you’re watching Disney Channel.” ????. It hurt like hell when we didn’t get picked up, but I eventually accepted that my path was not for me to decide (which isn’t easy to do at 14 years old). On the slick, God probably knew I was too much for Disney and did us all a favor ????????."

Watch the clips below:

View this post on Instagram

Omg my big bro @andrejamalkinney pulled this out of the archives. When I first moved to California I was introduced to Ralph Farquhar (one of the creators of The Proud Family, Moesha, The Parker’s etc) he took a chance on me and he landed me this pilot with Disney Channel that didn’t get picked up called Keke & Jamal lol it was loosely based on my life. A little girl named Keke with big dreams of being an entertainer and her tight nit family. I was ten years old and I can remember it like it was yesterday ????. We filmed this on the old That’s So Raven set and that was when I first met Raven Symone. True dream come true for me and like a fairytale. I hope it makes you laugh like it has mad me hahaha whew

A post shared by BIG BOSS ???????? (@keke) on

View this post on Instagram

Fun Fact: A year before joining the Hannah Montana cast, @keke and I shot a pilot together called Keke and Jamal. Our chemistry was tooooooo good ????. (And yes, that’s @vanessahudgens pre HSM.) At this time, I’d already shot another Disney pilot with Zac Efron that didn’t make it to series, and I was playing various characters on The Proud Family. A LOT was happening at that time, but I wanted sooo badly to go to series with this show and wave my little Disney wand around and say “Hey, I’m Andre Jamal Kinney, and you’re watching Disney Channel.” ????. It hurt like hell when we didn’t get picked up, but I eventually accepted that my path was not for me to decide (which isn’t easy to do at 14 years old). On the slick, God probably knew I was too much for Disney and did us all a favor ????????

A post shared by Andre' Jamal Kinney (@andrejamalkinney) on

READ MORE: 

'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Drama Reboot Based On Viral Trailer In Development, Being Shopped To Streamers

Photo: Disney

by Trey Mangum on August 11 2020

{{comments.length || 0}} COMMENTS

SORT BY:

Logged in as {{userdata.display_name || "Shadow&Act"}} | Log out?
POST COMMENT
Log in to join the conversation!
{{c.wp_author || c._author.username}} / {{c.created_at_gmt | date:'medium'}}
CANCEL REPLY |

{{c.body}}

POST REPLY
{{r1.wp_author || r1._author.username}} / {{r1.created_at_gmt | date:'medium'}}
CANCEL REPLY |

{{r1.body}}

POST REPLY
{{r2.wp_author || r2._author.username}} / {{r2.created_at_gmt | date:'medium'}}
CANCEL REPLY |
{{r2.body}}
POST REPLY

TRENDING

{{articleItem.title}}

{{articleItem.subTitle}}