NBC Greenlights Maya Rudolph Variety Show Deadline

Maya Rudolph, a former cast member of "Saturday Night Live," has received a pilot order from NBC for a new show. Writing on, Nellie Andreeva reports that the project is a variety program that will star Rudolph.

The project is produced by "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels.

"I hear the plan is to air the pilot as a special after the Winter Olympics. Rudolph is executive producing with Michaels, Erin David and Dave Becky. The project has been in the works for several months," Andreeva writes.

She continues, "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. Rudolph didn’t entertain them, indicating to studios and networks that she was interested in doing a variety show instead. NBC was among several suitors who began pursuing the project, leading to the pilot order."

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