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Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith Join Lorne Michaels' New HBO Pilot

Lorne Michaels is producing a new pilot for HBO. THR reports that the pay network is currently developing a comedy pilot called Brothers in Atlanta from former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. The duo will star as "struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta." SNL alum Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith have both signed on for recurring roles — Rudolph will play Moose's boss and former "R&B diva" Shirle, while Smith will play Curtis, Langston's "rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income." Riddle and Salahuddin had [...]

Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and More Join 'Angry Birds' Movie Voice Cast

Sony is making a movie based off the hit addictive game Angry Birds, and they've filled the main voice cast with some big comedy names. Variety reports that the studio has cast Jason Sudeikis as the lead character Red, Josh Gad as Chuck, Danny McBride as Bomb, Bill Hader as a pig, Maya Rudolph as Matilda, and Peter Dinklage as the Mighty Eagle. Supporting voice cast will include Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Hannibal Buress, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell, musician Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla of Smosh.

"I'm extremely proud of this cast,” producer John Cohen said of the [...]

Check Out Some Clips from Maya Rudolph's Variety Show Debut

The Maya Rudolph Show debuted on NBC last night starring the SNL alum and a bunch of her funny friends. Watch Rudolph's big opening number above, then click through for two more clips from the episode featuring Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, and Sean Hayes.

Maya Rudolph Sings the Lyrics to the 'Taxi' Theme Song on 'Late Night'

Maya Rudolph had a mini version of "Second Chance Theatre" on last night's Late Night and finally got the opportunity to sing the lyrics to the television show Taxi her character wrote in an SNL sketch that made it to dress but never live air called "Jingle Singers." Click through for another clip from the interview.

'The Maya Rudolph Show' Will Premiere on NBC May 19th

Maya Rudolph is returning to NBC next month. Her new one-hour special, entitled The Maya Rudolph Show, is set to premiere Monday, May 19th, at 10pm, EW reports. The one-off variety show special will double as a pilot for a potential series.

Guests for the show will include Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell, with Janelle Monáe as musical guest and Raphael Saaddiq as bandleader. Lorne Michaels, who worked with Rudolph as a producer on SNL and Up All Night, is also serving as a producer on The Maya Rudolph Show.

Right around this time last year when Up All Night [...]

Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph Developed a New Way to Stay Warm This Winter

Yesterday was one of the coldest days in New York this winter, but luckily during last night's Late Night, Fred Armisen and special 8G Band guest Maya Rudolph offered up their groundbreaking new way to stay warm when it's cold. Discovering this method involved lots of work and extensive research with Canadian engineers, so you can rest assured knowing that it's Canada-approved.

Maya Rudolph Joins Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in 'The Nest'

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's upcoming film written by Paula Pell now sounds even more amazing with news that fellow SNL alum Maya Rudolph has also signed on for a role. According to THR, Rudolph will play a childhood friend of Fey and Poehler's sister characters in The Nest who are "summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house." James Brolin has also signed on to play the father. Rudolph will film her part in The Nest before starting production on her next project — an indie drama with Catherine Keener called The Greens Are Gone.

Maya Rudolph on Returning to Sketch Comedy with Her New Variety Show

"I had missed the excitement-level element of having to get ready in 30 seconds and [wearing] six different wigs in one night and waiting for the audience response."

-Maya Rudolph, talking to reporters about missing SNL and why she's glad to be back doing sketch comedy with her new variety show special, The Maya Rudolph Show.

Maya Rudolph Takes the Jimmy Fallon Character Development Class

Ahead of the premiere of Maya Rudolph's NBC variety show next week, Jimmy Fallon decided to enroll her in his own personal character development class to test the limits of her on-the-spot silly voice skills. Click through for the other two clips from her interview.

NBC Orders a Pilot for Maya Rudolph's Variety Show; Will Air as a Primetime Special

Maya Rudolph is coming back to NBC. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot for an untitled variety show starring Rudolph and produced by Lorne Michaels, who worked with her on SNL and Up All Night. NBC will air the pilot in February as a primetime special following the Winter Olympics. Presumably, the network will order the pilot to series if the special does well. With Rudolph and Michaels working on this, the show should have no trouble landing well-known guests from both the music and comedy worlds.

After Up All Night was canceled last February, Maya Rudolph turned down five sitcom pilot offers and [...]

Maya Rudolph Remembers Life on the Road with Her Hippie Parents

SNL alum Maya Rudolph was a guest on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she looked back on her early childhood years on the road with her musician parents Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph and the unique currency the Tooth Fairy opted to give her as a kid. Watch more from Rudolph's interview below:

'The Maya Rudolph Show' Did Well in the Ratings Last Night, So There Will Probably Be More of It

Last night, NBC aired The Maya Rudolph Show, a one-off variety show special hosted by SNL alum Maya Rudolph that's doubles as a pilot for a potential series. Ratings are in and The Maya Rudolph Show performed well, winning its hour and scoring 7.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49. The show beat out its competition, a Criminal Minds rerun on CBS and the second half of ABC's The Bachelorette premiere; however Rudolph Show lost a good amount of ratings from its lead-in, The Voice, and dropped 21% after the first half-hour.

Despite that, this was still a pretty good showing for the special, which featured [...]

'SNL' Review: Andy Samberg, with a Little Help From His Friends

SNL transforms when a former cast member returns to host. The regular format is stretched to make room for a massive SNL reunion, with classic bits and endless cameos by other past stars of the show. Usually this homecoming makes for an exciting night of television, with Lorne Michaels trotting out one of his prized horses to remind us of the joy this show has brought us over the years.

In this case, it reminded us how atypical of a cast member Andy Samberg was. His monologue joke that he appeared in "100 digital shorts and six live sketches" had a ring of truth: unlike all-star alums Will Ferrell [...]

The Multi-Talented Maya Rudolph's Finest Musical Moments

Yesterday, NBC announced that The Maya Rudolph Show, a new variety show special from the comedic actress of the same name, will premiere on May 19th. The Lorne Michaels-produced one-off special, which features guests like Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, and Janelle Monáe, will serve as a pilot for a Rudolph-fronted variety show for the network.

Rudolph hosting a variety show is no surprise as she's had dual passions for music and comedy for decades now. The daughter of soul singer Minnie Ripperton, Rudolph worked as a keyboardist and backup singer for the band The Rentals before landing at SNL. On SNL and Up All Night, Rudolph sang frequently, goofing [...]