NBC Greenlights Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show, Targets May Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

NBC Greenlights Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety
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NBC has formally given the greenlight to a long-gestating variety show to be co-hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short and produced by Lorne Michaels. The Peacock is targeting a premiere in late May.

The project has been in the works for more than a year. Michaels is exec producing. Matt Roberts, a “Late Show with David Letterman” alum, and Erin David are producing along with Rudolph and Short.

NBC confirmed the series order but details about the number of episodes and format are still being sorted out. It’s expected to air live from NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters in New York.

The show, tentatively titled “Maya and Marty in Manhattan,” was a topic of conversation Thursday night among the current and former “Saturday Night Live” troupers who were on hand at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the center’s American Songbook tribute to Michaels, recognizing his long history of promoting musical acts on “SNL.” Rudolph and Short both appeared as part of the musical salute to Michaels at the event although they did not perform together.

Producing the show out of New York will allow numerous “SNL” hands to pitch in with material and guest shots. It’s expected to be a contemporary spin on “The Carol Burnett Show,” blending musical numbers, comedy sketches and celebrity guests. Rudolph previously hosted a one-off special for NBC, “The Maya Rudolph Show,” in May 2014 that was a trial run for a series.

Rudolph is known for her full-throated spoofs of musical figures, including Beyonce. She was a hit at the Michaels tribute with her performance of a medley of tunes ranging from “Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week” to “Ol’ Man River,” all meant to demonstrate her affection for the producer.

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  1. Jill Bescher says:

    I loved this show and love Martin Short.

  2. prisgem says:

    sorry looked at first show love both of them but it just did not make me laugh i really felt bad for them good luck and change the format

  3. Laurie harder says:

    Really enjoyed the show, hope to see many more

  4. Dave Olson says:

    my wife and I were so looking forward to this show we love Martin short. As we started watching the show we saw there were a lot of great actors. so disappointed in the writing, by the third skit we were so bored and feeling let down that we changed the channel. So sad the these wonderful actors had such bad support.

  5. Trainwreck didnt maya just have a failed variety show

  6. Dr Mike Lano says:

    Mike Lano Synd. CBS Radio Host, newspaper columnist here. So moved by Maya’s amazing “Sometimes It Rains” tribute to Prince on Fallon. 5 stars beautiful.The entire room full of people who watched it w/ me cried, amazing. Had talked up Maya’s great solo NBC variety show ~2 yrs ago hoping it’d be picked up, so super happy U+Marty is a go. Maya has more talent, on a million different levels than most anyone. Marty to of course. Proud to have reported on Maya’s Mom in the 70’s as an artist too as I’ve photographed rock & comedy concerts globally since ’66 primarily for Japan’s music magazines. Dr Mike-of course photographed stage-side Maya’s Princess shows 2X@ our SF Sketchfest & U guys KO’d it out of the park as always. Just sayin’ thanks to the incredible Ms Maya. For all who demand variety shows return to tv, this one will be incredible.

  7. Karen Marshall says:

    WOW !!!! Fantastic and exciting “news” !!!! My husband and I love REAL variety shows.
    Looking forward to this “new adventure” !!!!

  8. cadavra says:

    Glad to hear this will be a real variety show, not another farrago like NPH’s attempt. But how “Carol Burnett” can it be with Lorne producing?

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