NBC orders pilot for a Maya Rudolph variety show


NBC can’t shake its Maya Rudolph infatuation.

The peacock network has ordered a pilot for a new prime-time variety series that will feature the “Saturday Night Live” graduate as its topliner, the network confirmed.

It’s a project Rudolph had been pushing for months after the cancellation of vexed comedy “Up All Night,” in which she was a key cast member.

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The variety show pairs Rudolph with an old boss once more. She will serve as executive producer along with “SNL” mastermind and “Up All Night” producer Lorne Michaels -- as well as Erin David (“Up All Night”) and Dave Becky (“Everybody Hates Chris”).

According to Deadline, which first reported the news, the plan is to air the pilot as a special after the Winter Olympics. But definitive plans will have to wait until the pilot is actually taped.

Let’s just hope Rudolph’s idea of a variety show isn’t the same as Rosie O’Donnell’s.


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