That which has been long-awaited and much-anticipated has finally been realized, as ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Maya Rudolph will at last air her new show. Variety show, that is.
Rudolph will return to NBC on Monday, May 19 with ‘The Maya Rudolph Show,’ a one-hour sketch comedy and song revue extravaganza. The accomplished comedienne will welcome friends to the showcase, enlisting the help of Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell, among others too perhaps.
In addition, Janelle Monáe will be the musical guest while Raphael Saadiq will act as bandleader.
The coveted Rudolph has been a free agent of sorts in the television landscape of late. She technically left ‘SNL’ at the end of 2007, but proceeded to making occasional guest appearances and even host in 2012.
She starred on the NBC comedy ‘Up All Night’ with Will Arnett and Christina Applegate, but that lasted just 36 episodes across two seasons and had its own set of trials and tribulations, ending in May 2013. Rudolph also appeared on the silver screen in ‘Bridesmaids’ and recently ‘The Way, Way Back,’ but is now set up to make at least a brief appearance back on television.
Depending on its reception, ‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ could serve as a pilot for a regular series. Lorne Michaels will executive produce.
‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ will air at 10/9c on May 19 on NBC.