A new show premiering in less than a week is NBC’s latest attempt to revive the prime-time variety show. Variety Senior TV Editor Brian Steinberg reports that the show, “Maya & Marty,” has a lot going for it, notably its two talented co-hosts, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short.
The show also has “Saturday Night Live” guru Lorne Michaels overseeing the project, which premieres Wednesday, May 31, for a six-episode tryout.
Steinberg notes that projects like this were once commonplace on the big broadcast nets — back in an era when “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” and “The Brady Bunch Hour” found their way to the air. But times have changed, and Steinberg calls the NBC project an “exploration of what for a younger generation of viewers will be a new frontier: a variety show, complete with special guests, singing and comic sketches.”
“Not everyone could hold their own under such circumstances, but Short and Rudolph can do more than just get laughs,” he notes. “They can sing and dance, too.”
Michaels concurs. “They just take the audience when they get out there, and they’re not getting off until they win,” he said.
Please click on the link near the top of this story to read Steinberg’s full analysis in Variety.