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Lorne Michaels Confirms "There Will Be Changes This Year" on 'SNL'

Ahead of the landmark 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live this fall, Deadline recently spoke with Lorne Michaels about the past season on the show as well as whether or not there will be cast changes before the start of season 40. Here are some of Michaels's thoughts on the latest SNL season:

We lost four leading men at the end of last season, Fred and Bill and Andy and Jason, all of whom were very seasoned, very strong cast. We lost Kristen the year before. All have been here a long time, and you get used to how good people are. Losing the fifth leading man in [...]

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.

'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 [...]

'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 [...]

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.

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.

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 [...]