NBC Orders Variety Pilot Starring SNL Alum Maya Rudolph

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‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Maya Rudolph, whose seven year run on the late night mainstay included “impersonations and original characters that often featured music performances”, will be coming back to NBC – during primetime – with a new variety series project that will be produced by Lorne Michaels, the creator of ‘Saturday Night Live’.

After the NBC comedy ‘Up All Night’ – for which Rudolph was one of the stars – did not move forward with a revamped format back in February, Rudolph’s co-stars “began fielding pilot offers”, but she did not. Instead she told studios and networks that she was “interested in doing a variety show” and now she will get her chance to do just that.

There are no details on the variety show, as yet, but the plan is to “air the pilot as a special after the Winter Olympics” with Rudolph serving as executive producer on the project alongside Michaels as well as Erin David and Dave Becky.

As a refresher, Rudolph is the daughter of Minnie Riperton, the late singer-songwriter best known for the 1975 single “Lovin’ You”. During her years on ‘SNL’, Rudolph has appeared as (among others) Beyoncé Knowles, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand. Her film roles include ‘The Grown Ups 2’, ‘The Way Way Back’ and the 2011 hit comedy flick ‘Bridesmaids’.

[Source: Deadline]