NBC is ready to unleash a show with strong ties to the network’s “Saturday Night Live” franchise. The network announced that it is adding “SNL” regular Kenan Thompson to the cast of “Maya and Marty in Manhattan,” starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short.
Variety reports that the live variety show will premiere May 31 at 10 p.m., leading out from the season premiere of “America’s Got Talent.”
Thompson has been on “SNL” for 13 seasons, but the late-night sketch show is dark for the summer, freeing up Thompson for the new program.
“The series will feature sketches that spoof current events, celebrities and topical trends, as well as musical performances,” Variety reports. “Among comedy circles, Rudolph and Short are considered two of the best sketch performers in the business.”
Both performers put in time on “Saturday Night Live,” Short during a pivotal season for the show in 1984-85 and Rudolph for a long run from 2000-2007.
The new show is executive produced by “SNL” guru Lorne Michaels.