Comedian Maya Rudolph asked, and NBC has delivered, agreeing with the SNL alumn that the world would be a better place if she had a variety show to host.
Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph is returning to NBC with a new variety series project produced by SNL honcho Lorne Michaels, this time in primetime. The network has ordered a pilot for a variety series headlined by Rudolph. I hear the plan is to air the pilot as a special after the Winter Olympics. Rudolph is executive producing with Michaels, Erin David and Dave Becky.
Rudolph’s previous NBC project, Up All Night, was put on hiatus in the midst of its second season in order to convert the show to a setup that would allow it to be filmed before a live studio audience. As the hiatus went on and on, however, its stars struck out for other projects and it was eventually cancelled. Rudolph herself turned down all offers of more pilots, instead letting studios know that she was interested in hosting a variety show. Looks like that was a plan that NBC liked.