More Maya? NBC Could be Betting on Maya Rudolph’s Variety Show


If April showers bring May flowers, then May’s The Maya Rudolph Show could be bringing more of the funny lady to our small screens.

NBC confirms that it is eyeing another television project from Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph. The network aired her namesake variety special in May, which earned solid ratings and 7.2 million viewers thanks to cameos from Andy SambergKristen Bell, and Fred Armisen.

“My goal for this show was to truly have a place of work that would be joyful,” Rudolph said. “Where I could invite my friends that I’ve known for years that have made me laugh, that I love to laugh with; and basically just follow in the footsteps of the things that we grew up on.”

According to AP, NBC is “searching for a format that would put Rudolph on the air on a regular or occasional basis.” If a deals goes through, it will be the first time Rudolph has regularly appeared on the ’tube since starring in NBC’s now-defunct Up All Night. It would also give Rudolph the creative freedom she longs for.

“I think it took me a long time to realize that I’ve always felt most at home within variety,” she said. “When I started to do other things, I just missed variety shows and, really, sometimes the only way you can do what you want to do, is you have to create your own show.”

Check out a highlight from Rudolph’s variety special and let us know if you’d tune in to another round.