Maya Rudolph Returning to NBC With Variety Special The Maya Rudolph Show

The Maya Rudolph ShowMaya Rudolph is coming (back) to NBC — for one night, at least. The Maya Rudolph Show, a special described as a revival of the classic variety show format, is set to air May 19 at 10/9c, the network announced Tuesday.

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Several familiar faces will be joining the former Saturday Night Live star for her big night, including Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Fred Armisen (Late Night With Seth Meyers), Chris Parnell (Archer), Craig Robinson (The Office) and Sean Hayes (Hollywood Game Night).

Janelle Monae is billed as the special’s musical guest, with Raphael Saadiq serving as bandleader.

Will you be tuning into The Maya Rudolph Show? Are you hoping NBC will make it a more regular thing? Drop a comment with your thoughts on Rudolph’s return below.

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17 Comments
  1. JJ says:

    Even when NBC does terrible (ratingwise), they try a lot of thing out. The new Heroes reboot (+ online series), musicals, high concept shows and now this. Thank NBC to look at more than te numbers,’

    I would even watch Rudolph eating breakfast. Amazing woman!

  2. webly3 says:

    I will watch <3

  3. brandon says:

    I will totally watch! Wasn’t this supposed to be a series though? And I thought there would be more big names than that, although I do enjoy all of those people.

  4. Joey Padron says:

    I’ll watch her special. Love Maya.

  5. j says:

    YES! I’ve been waiting for this, even though I wish the announcement was that she’s replacing Seth Meyers on Late Night instead of just getting a (probably one night only) variety show

  6. erin says:

    This will be amazing!

  7. Steven says:

    Didn’t they also attempt something similar to this with The Osbournes and Rosie O’Donnell?

  8. herman1959 says:

    I ill definitely watch. Thanks to NBC for bringing back the variety show concept, if only for one night……maybe a series?

  9. Mick says:

    Raphael Saadiq!!!!!!!!!

  10. Morgan says:

    So excited- I love Maya and Janelle Monae is a nice bonus.

  11. Brian says:

    May 19 is a Monday, right after the Voice. Awesome! What a great opportunity for Maya, NBC, and us!

  12. anniem says:

    The network variety show is a format that’s been gone far too long from television. Love Maya Rudolph, and am very much looking forward to this. :-)

  13. TV Gord says:

    I am looking forward to this, and Maya is someone who can carry a variety show! Counting down the days…

  14. Lorraine M. says:

    Loved her+ dazzling assortment of guests, but it just wasn’t funny. More like SNL second string sketches. ( particularly the wealthy couple sketch) . Comedy will have to improve if this gets considered as a series. Singing was good, but segways were awkward. And the last song at the end about babies….soooo schmaltzy!

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