Maya Rudolph looks to make a triumphant return to NBC next year, as the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star will showcase her brand new variety show.
A pilot has been ordered, and the series will be produced by ‘SNL’ mastermind Lorne Michaels, as first reported Deadline.com.
News of a potential Rudolph show began back in February when the sitcom ‘Up All Night,’ which starred Rudolph alongside Will Arnett and Christina Applegate, began to fall apart. Applegate left due to creative differences, and Arnett and Rudolph began looking for future projects. While Arnett found an offer he liked, Rudolph was less interested in joining series and more compelled to shop around a variety show.
‘Up All Night,’ was cancelled shortly thereafter, and it looks at last that Rudolph will have a new outlet for her talents.
The untitled show is reported to air after the Winter Olympics, which will be televised on NBC beginning on Feb. 6, 2014. Rudolph and Michaels worked together on ‘SNL’ for seven years together, as well on ‘Up All Night,’ which Michaels also produced. A variety show seems fitting for the comedic performer who showed off her many impressions as well as her singing ability on ‘SNL.’
Barbara Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Nelly Furtado, Paris Hilton, Tina Turner, and Whitney Houston were just some of the many famous people she lampooned on the show during her stint.
Rudolph hosted ‘SNL’ in 2012, and this year has appeared in several films, including the lauded coming-of-age comedy ‘The Way Way Back,’ and the, well, less-than-stellar ‘Grown Ups 2.’