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.
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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