*NBC is trying to bring the variety show back through its former “Saturday Night Live” standout Maya Rudolph.
The actress will host “The Maya Rudolph Show,” set to air at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 19 as a pilot for a possible weekly series, if enough people tune in. Raphael Saadiq serves as the show’s bandleader, while Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes and Janelle Monae will appear as guests.
Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky will produce, with Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer.
According to Deadline.com, Rudolph approached NBC about her variety show idea after her comedy series “Up All Night” was cancelled. NBC was among several suitors that began pursuing the project, leading to the pilot order.
This marks the latest collaboration between Rudolph and Michaels, who also produced “Up All Night” starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Rudolph, daughter of the late soul singer Minnie Riperton, was one of “SNL‘s” most popular cast members of the past decade. Her seven-year stint produced a string of memorable impersonations and original characters that often included music performances, including her recurring gigs as Beyoncé, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand.