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NBC Bites, Gives Maya Rudolph a Variety Show

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.

From Deadline:

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.

(via Deadline.)

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  • AverageDrafter

    Yes! I love Maya, one of the funniest, most beautiful people in this world or any other. Her and PTA are the only “Hollywood” couple I can think of I’d actually like to have a dinner party with.

    As far as the show? I liked Viva Variety and even Random Acts of Variety quite a bit, so this should be a slam dunk for me.

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy for her. She’s definitely one of the more talented SNL graduates in recent years, and it was a shame her first post-SNL vehicle was that awful sitcom she did with Will Arnett.

  • blu girl

    I love her. I hope the show does well but I’m nervous about the variety show format. They don’t seem to do well nowadays unless they’re a competition/reality show (America’s Got Talent, etc.). But I’ll keep my fingers crossed for this one.