It took a while, but Maya Rudolph is finally bringing her Horse and Pony Show to the small screen. While there’ll be no actual animals involved (at least, we don’t think so), we can depend on a night of comedy with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated side-splitters.
The one-time SNLer expressed interest in hosting a variety program, a la Carol Burnett, shortly after NBC brought down the hammer on her sitcom Up All Night. It seems the Network Gods heard Rudolph’s prayers.
NBC has ordered an one-hour special titled, yep, The Maya Rudolph Show. Maya’s old boss at Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels, will assume production duties.
The program was originally set to be broadcast last fall after the Olympics, but the proposed air date came and went. It is now safe to set your DVRs, Maya’s special premieres Monday, May 19 at 10 p.m., following The Voice.
Joining Maya will be quite the star-studded ensemble. Be on the lookout for appearances by Kristen Bell, fellow SNL alums Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes.
Do you think the variety special will serve as a trapdoor for a possible Rudolph-led pilot? Something tells us NBC suits will be paying very close attention to those Nielsen ratings.