Maya Rudolph returning to NBC in variety show to air after Winter Olympics
There were rumors back when NBC's Up All Night was imploding in front of no one's eyes that Maya Rudolph had a fallback plan in the works. It turns out that was sort of true, because instead of looking into any more sitcoms, she's teamed with her old Saturday Night Live boss and Up All Night producer Lorne Michaels to develop a primetime variety show.
Deadline Hollywood says NBC plans to shoot the show's pilot as a special to air after the Winter Olympics. Rudolph took a look at some series offers after Up All Night crashed and burned in February, but started saying she wanted to go the variety show route, which piqued the interest of more networks than just NBC.
Rudolph will serve as executive producer with Michaels, Erin david and Dave Becky. As most Rudolph fans know, she's the daughter of singer Minnie Riperton and has a penchant for singing that marked her seven years on SNL, most notably as Tina Turner and Whitney Houston, with a little Beyonce thrown in. And just to note, her Up All Night costars have found work already, with Will Arnett starring on the CBS sitcom The Millers and Christina Applegate is doing voice work for the upcoming animated film Book of Life.