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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 [...]

Carol Burnett Received the Mark Twain Prize Last Night

Legendary comedian Carol Burnett was award the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night in Washington D.C., and was celebrated by stars like Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Julie Andrews, and former Twain winner Tina Fey, who sang the opening number. Burnett starred for 11 years on the The Carol Burnett Show, a variety/sketch show that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978 and won 25 Emmys in the course of its run. The Mark Twain Prize was founded 16 years ago by the Kennedy Center, but this wasn't the first time they had tried to honor Burnett. “They asked me quite a few times," the 80-year-old told [...]

The 'Up All Night' Writers Had Some Crazy Ideas for Where to Take the Show

NBC's Up All Night is pretty much done for, and TV Guide has a piece out today looking at the show's life and, more interestingly, its death. After NBC and the producers decided to turn it from a single-camera sitcom to a multi-camera one with a live audience, that apparently wasn't big enough of a change as several high-concept 2.0 versions of the show were pitched and even written. Here's an excerpt from the piece:

"[New showrunner Linda] Wallem and the writing staff began brainstorming ideas for the multi-camera version. One pitch placed a portal between the two worlds — the single-cam and multi-cam versions — [...]

'Up All Night' Is Only Doing One Multi-Cam Episode Now

It's been a turbulent few months for NBC's low-rated comedy Up All Night, with the show losing its showrunner, creator, and – just last week – its star Christina Applegate. This comes in the wake of a decision in October to shut down production for a three-month hiatus in order to turn the show into a multi-camera sitcom with a live audience to film the final five episodes of the season. Today, Deadline reports that the remaining episode order has been cut from five to one in the wake of Christina Applegate's departure Friday. Multi-camera vet James Burrows is being brought in to direct [...]

What's Going On with 'Up All Night?'

The creator of NBC's troubled sitcom Up All Night, Emily Spivey, has just left the show in the midst of a massive creative revamp by the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR doesn't give a reason for Spivey's departure, but it comes during a turbulent season full of network retooling for Up All Night, which stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph. In October, NBC put the series on a three-month hiatus in order to convert it from a single-camera to a multi-camera show with a live audience – a rare, almost unprecedented move for a sitcom to make midway through its run. On top [...]

'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 [...]

Maya Rudolph Will Also Be in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

The cast of Paul Thomas Anderson's big screen adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice continues to grow. Maya Rudolph, fresh off the cancelation of her NBC sitcom Up All Night, is playing a minor role in the film, as revealed by some set photos that leaked today. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as stoned private eye Doc Sportello, who's investigating an ex-girlfriend's disappearance. From the photos, The Playlist infers that Rudolph, who's married to Paul Thomas Anderson, is playing a nurse at Dr. Buddy Tubeside's vitamin shop, and a very pregnant one by the looks of those photographs. The prestigious film's large cast also includes Benicio Del Toro, [...]

NBC, ABC, and Fox Pursue Maya Rudolph for a Variety Show

Now that NBC's Up All Night seems to be dead in the wake of star Christina Applegate's departure, the other cast members are pursuing new TV jobs. Will Arnett signed onto a CBS pilot from Greg Garcia, but Maya Rudolph looks to be avoiding the sitcom route altogether. Deadline reports that Rudolph has turned down five sitcom pilot offers and instead wants to star in a network variety show. Fox, ABC, and NBC are all reportedly interested. Rudolph, the daughter of soul singer Minnie Ripperton, is also a singer herself. Before landing a gig as an SNL castmember in 2000, she worked  as a backing singer [...]

Paul F. Tompkins and Maya Rudolph Cover Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Here's another great video from Paul F. Tompkins's personal vault from his long-running live variety show, The Paul F. Tompkins Show. It's him and Maya Rudolph covering Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' song "Home" back in 2011. Tompkins is two for two with these after the excellent cover of Adele's "Skyfall" he dropped late last year.  Somebody give this guy a TV variety show already.

SF Sketchfest's 2013 Lineup: 'Portlandia,' 'Childrens Hospital,' Stella, and Maya Rudolph Covering Prince

Long-running Bay Area comedy festival SF Sketchfest just announced its 2013 lineup, and it's pretty impressive roster that includes pretty much everybody in comedy. The event runs from January 24 to February 10, 2013, taking place in 26 different venues in San Francisco. Tickets ranging from $10 to $50 will go on sale at 10:00am PST this Sunday at www.sfsketchfest.com. The lineup is so good it should make any comedy fan who doesn't live near San Francisco go absolutely insane with envy. Highlights include:

  • Tributes to Portlandia and Childrens Hospital with the creators and cast
  • Michael Ian Black, David Wain and Michael Showalter reuniting to perform [...]

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 [...]

'SNL' Review: Kristen Wiig Disappoints with More of the Same

An episode of SNL feels most satisfying when the sketches come from a place of inspiration, as opposed to obligation. For example, when Justin Timberlake hosts the show, I don't need to see the "Dick in a Box" characters, but I would like to see them if the writers come up with a fresh and exciting way to bring them back. Whether or not a sketch addresses a recent news event or upcoming holiday is secondary to whether or not the sketch is funny. I'm sure the SNL staff shares this mindset — they really are just trying to produce the funniest show possible. But occasionally, in pursuit of [...]

NBC Will Probably Just Cancel 'Up All Night'

NBC is "strongly considering abandoning" plans to reboot its struggling sitcom Up All Night, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The network has yet to officially cancel the show following the departure of its showrunner, creator, and most recently, star Christina Applegate, all in the wake of NBC's decision to turn the show from a single-camera comedy to a multi-cam one taped in front of a live audience. The season's remaining order of five episodes was trimmed to one last week, but Deadline reports that one episode is being scrapped too. THR says the show's writing staff is looking for new jobs and [...]

Watch Jon Hamm and Maya Rudolph in a Sketch from "The Paul F. Tompkins Show"

Earlier this year, Paul F. Tompkins begun releasing videos from the vast archives of things filmed at his long-running Los Angeles variety show The Paul F. Tompkins Show. Here's the latest video from the PFT Vaults, which is a long 2011 sketch starring Tompkins and special guests Jon Hamm and Maya Rudolph. It's now the closest you can ever come to being at this show in 2011 without the aid of time travel.