If you thought Maya Rudolph was hilarious on Saturday Night Live, then you’ll probably be excited by a variety show starring the SNL alumna. Rudolph one of the few black women to ever be on the long-running show, is returning to NBC with a new variety series project, which will actually be produced by SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels. It will be a primetime show.
NBC has ordered a pilot for a variety series headlined by Rudolph and it’s rumored that the plan is to air the pilot as a special after the Winter Olympics, taking place in February. With a lead-in like that Rudolph could pull in some impressive ratings.
Rudolph will executive producing with Michaels, Erin David and Dave Becky. “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,” reports Deadline. Rudolph, however, stressed to studios and networks that she was interested in doing a variety show instead of a series.
Networks jumped at the idea with NBC being among several suitors who began pursuing the project. “This marks the latest collaboration between Rudolph and Michaels, who also produced Up All Night,” reports Deadline.
Rudolph, the daughter of the late soul singer Minnie Riperton, was one of SNL‘s most popular cast members. She stayed with the show for seven years; last year she made a successful return to SNL with a well-received stint as host. Rudolph recently stared in the features The Grown Ups 2 and The Way Way Back.
Maybe Rudolph will do some of her famous impersonations on her new show? Please… more Beyonce.