NBC Orders a Maya Rudolph Variety Show, Will First Air as a Primetime Special
11:45 am, November 14th | by Colette McIntyre
After months of prodding our network exec voodoo dolls and chanting “Love Is All Around” during ideal lunar phases, we have finally invoked the perfect television experience into being: one of our all-time favorite Saturday Night Live cast members Maya Rudolph is returning to NBC with a variety show!
According to Deadline, the network has ordered a pilot for an untitled variety show headlined by Rudolph and produced by k,ing of the SNL castle Lorne Michaels. The pilot will air in February after the Winter Olympics as a primetime special. If the ratings are there, NBC will most likely order the pilot to series.
After Up All Night was cancelled last February, Rudolph turned down five sitcom pilot offers, instead indicating to studios that she was interested in a variety show. While ABC, NBC, and Fox were all pursuing the project, NBC landed the show and its star. The daughter of soul singer Minnie Riperton, Rudolph is a talented musician as well as a comedian. She currently performs with friend Gretchen Lieberum in a Prince cover band, aptly named Princess.
For a taste of what’s to come, check out this clip of Rudolph covering Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home” with fellow triple threat Paul F. Thompkins.