I love me some Maya Rudolph and always have since her SNL days – she was one of “my” cast members growing up and I think she’s absolutely hilarious. I really love everything she’s done since, so I’m super excited that NBC decided to give her a variety show starting next month!
The network has slated her variety show special, titled “The Maya Rudolph Show,” to air on May 19 at 10 p.m.
The “Saturday Night Live” vet — who recently starred in another Peacock comedy series, “Up All Night” — will be joined by Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes and Chris Parnell.
Janelle Monáe will pop up as the musical guest, while Raphael Saaddiq will serve as bandleader.
The one-hour special, which also could double as the pilot for an ongoing series, is being executive produced by “SNL’s” Lorne Michaels.
Yes, yes and yes – I’m into this on so many levels. She NEEDS to have an ongoing series. It’s imperative. Also, would love to see more women and less middle-aged white men on late night TV, so this would be EXTRA great.
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The wonderfully hilarious Maya Rudolph must love being knocked up, because she’s now expecting her fourth child with husband Paul Thomas Anderson. Yay, more funny babies!
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news this week and also dropped another bomb: Up All Night may not continue as planned following Christina Applegate‘s decision to leave the show. While NBC was going to revamp the comedy (and incorporate Maya’s real-life pregnancy into her character’s storyline), they may now abandon the show altogether and have told the writers to start looking for new jobs. How could something that was theoretically so brilliant go so wrong?
A little more on the situation:
NBC has not released Arnett or Rudolph from their contracts for the original Up All Night, a single-camera show that the network hoped to transform into a multi-camera, behind-the-scenes look at a struggling television series. The show is not officially dead, though presumably the stars’ exits are being negotiated.
The chaos comes at a key time for Arnett and Rudolph, with casting on the nearly 100 broadcast pilots already under way and both actors rocketing to the top of many network wish lists. Both Arnett and Rudolph have already received second-position offers for a number of broadcast pilots. CBS’ Les Moonves in particular is said to want Arnett for an untitled comedy written and executive produced by Garcia about a recently divorced man whose parents move in with him. ABC also is high on the actor.
We all like Will Arnett, but Maya Rudolph is a goddamn national treasure (or very well should be) and it’ll be absolutely criminal if she doesn’t find another place to showcase her talent ASAP. Well, after the baby’s born, anyway.
Up All Night never did very well in the ratings despite having a pretty phenomenal cast, leading NBC to announce plans a while back to revamp the show into a multi-camera comedy complete with laugh track. Boo! Obviously not feeling that bullshit, Christina Applegate has decided to give it the old heave ho and get the hell out.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Christina Applegate has departed the sophomore comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
“It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction, and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors,” Applegate said in a statement Friday. “Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true, and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew and wish them the best always.”
Ahead of its reboot from a single- to multicamera series, Applegate’s departure comes a month after series creator Emily Spivey also parted ways with the second-year comedy. They follow showrunner Tucker Cawley, who was replaced by Nurse Jackie’s Linda Wallem as NBC and studio Universal Television opted to make creative changes to the struggling series that also stars Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph.
Basically, “This show is sinking faster than the Titanic and there aren’t enough lifeboats. Women and children first. Bye, bitches!” They’re still going to continue with Will and Maya, who are comedic geniuses in their own right, but something tells me the upcoming season will be Up All Night‘s last.