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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 [...]

Nate Bargatze Gets Development Deal with NBC

Nate Bargatze was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night to do standup, and before his set, Fallon announced that Bargatze has signed a development deal for a sitcom with NBC. (There hasn't been an official announcement from NBC yet.) It's unclear what, if any, involvement Fallon will have in Bargatze's show, but he seems invested in the rising comic; Bargatze appeared on Fallon's show back in June, and the two have been touring together recently on Fallon's "Clean Cut Comedy Tour". Below, check out Bargatze's set from Friday.

A.D. Miles Will Continue as Jimmy Fallon's Head Writer on 'The Tonight Show'

When Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show in February, he's taking his head writer with him. Comedian A.D. Miles, who's held the head writer position on Fallon's Late Night since it began in 2009, has closed a deal to continue doing the same job on The Tonight Show, Deadline reports. Miles, who co-starred on Comedy Central's Dog Bites Man and appears in a lot of David Wain's stuff like Wet Hot American Summer, Wainy Days, and Role Models, frequently appears on-camera on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in segments like "The Ragtime Gals," "Joking Bad," and "Downton Sixbey."

As previously announced, ?uestlove and The [...]

Lorne Michaels Responds to the 'SNL' Diversity Issue

Saturday Night Live has been taking some heat in the press for its lack of diversity after adding six new cast members, all of them white and five of them male, this fall. In the wake of a controversial quote from longtime cast member Kenan Thompson two weeks ago about how the show never finds black female comedians who are "ready," SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels has finally weighed in on the matter. When asked about the show not having any black female cast members by The AP, Michaels responded, "It's not like it's not a priority for us. It will happen. I'm sure it will happen." While [...]

Aziz Ansari Talked Halloween Costumes with Jimmy Fallon

Aziz Ansari was on Late Night last night, and since his segment aired after midnight and into Halloween, he naturally talked with Fallon about his costume and why he feels for ghosts. It wasn't spooky per se, but it was at least topical, which is something.

NBC Orders 5 More Episodes of 'Sean Saves the World'

NBC hasn't ordered a full season of its new sitcom Sean Saves the World, but they've given the show the next best thing: five more episodes. This extends the show's episode order to 18 for the season, just four short of a 22-episode full season. The Sean Hayes sitcom has been struggling in the ratings a little bit, like most NBC shows, but the show's ratings have improved slightly since the network started using The Voice as its lead-in instead of Parks and Rec. As far as NBC's other new comedies go, Welcome to the Family has been canceled and The Michael J. Fox Show received [...]

Looking Back at the 'John Larroquette Show'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

A note: The original version of this article inaccurately and unintentionally inflated Mitch Hurwtiz's role in the creation The John Larroquette Show. Hurwitz took over [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Norm Macdonald (1993-1998)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

Watching today’s chipper incarnation of Weekend Update, it’s easy to forget that the segment was once helmed by the smarmy cynicism of Dennis Miller, the absurdity of Kevin Nealon, and Norm Macdonald, whose delivery both on Update and in all his sketches came tinged with his trademark dry sarcasm. Macdonald’s scathing coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994 made Update wildly popular [...]

The Original Writers of Conan's 'Late Night' on Writing

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

This week on Conan, O'Brien has been celebrating his 20th year on the air. Previously on From the Archives we've looked at [...]

Mitch Hurwitz, Tim & Eric to Guest Star on 'Community'

The upcoming season of Community is already set to have plenty of cast changes, and now the show has announced even more big name stars will be seen in the fifth season. Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, as well as Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, will guest star on the new season, which debuts in January. According to The Wrap, Hurwitz's character, Preston Koogler, is "Greendale’s ultimate party animal. Women want him, and guys want to be him. But, woe to the administrator who tries to stand between Koogler and good times." Hurwitz's casting by returning show runner Dan Harmon is particularly appropriate, as Harmon had a small cameo [...]

David Cross Is Guest Starring On 'Community'

Joining an incredible roster of guest stars, David Cross is set to appear on the upcoming fifth season of Community. Vulture reports that he will play Hank Hickey, the estranged son of newcomer Professor Hickey, played by Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks. The episode will be the show's second Dungeons & Dragons episode, following season two's "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons."

The guest list for season five of Community is a whos-who of comedy stars and friends. Recently announced guests include Vince Gilligan, Mitch Hurwitz, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim; others include Nathan Fillion, Paget Brewster, Rob Corddry, Brie Larson, LeVar Burton, Kumail Nanjiani, and Ben Folds.

Adam Pally Is Developing a New Comedy at NBC

Happy Endings star Adam Pally is working on a new show, behind the camera this time. THR reports that Pally is producing a new untitled comedy created by Dan Gregor and Doug Mand, a writing team who have been working on How I Met Your Mother since 2010. The single-camera show follows a pair of friends who become rich after developing a successful mobile app.

Pally, who was added to the cast of Fox's The Mindy Project this season in the wake of Happy Endings' cancelation, currently has no plans to star in the potential series. Before landing their first sitcom jobs, Pally, Gregor, and Mand came up [...]

'SNL' Review: Kerry Washington Is Ready

I never thought we would see the day when SNL considered itself newsworthy enough to parody. But it happened — not in the form of a quick joke during the monologue or Weekend Update, or a walk-on by Lorne Michaels, as has happened before — but with a whole cold open sketch, wherein host Kerry Washington was compelled to play numerous black female characters (Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce) because SNL literally had no one else who could do them. The meta-sketch also included a half-apologetic text scroll from the producers promising to fix the situation, unless they "fall in love with another white guy first," and a cameo by [...]

Lady Gaga Will Host 'SNL' Nov. 16th

Lady Gaga is set to do double-duty as host and musical guest of the November 16th episode of SNL, NBC announced today . This will be her first time hosting and third time doing music on the show. Rumors about Gaga hosting SNL surfaced in September, but it's now official. While she hasn't hosted before or acted much, Lady Gaga appeared in a bunch of sketches during both of her times as musical guest.

Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will host the following episode, set for November 23rd, with musical guest HAIM. SNL is live this weekend with host Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem.