I hope she gets my buddy Rachel Dratch as the modern version of Tim Conway:
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. The project has been in the works for several months. When NBC comedy series¬†Up All Night, in which Rudolph co-starred with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett,¬†did not go forward¬†with the planned multi-camera revamp in February, Rudolph, along with her co-stars, began fielding pilot offers. Rudolph didn‚Äôt entertain them, indicating to studios and networks that she was interested in doing a variety show instead. NBC¬†was among several suitors¬†who began pursuing the project, leading to the pilot order.¬†
I LURVE Maya. Can’t wait to watch this show. Variety shows have been out of vogue since the 1980s so let’s help Maya brings them back. Will you watch?