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NBC Greenlights Maya Rudolph / Martin Short Variety Hour

The Series Follows Rudolph's 2014 Variety Special

Despite the recent failure of “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” NBC is going back to the variety well with a one-hour series hosted by “Saturday Night Live’ alum Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. Tentatively titled “Maya and Marty in Manhattan” the series is expected to be a blend of musical numbers, comedy sketches and celebrity guests, which would be a continuation of Rudolph’s 2014 variety special.

Lorne Michaels and “Late Show with David Letterman’s” Matt Roberts and Erin David are producing with Rudolph and Short.” The series is expected to launch in late May (after the traditional television season is over).

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I’m glad NBC is sticking with variety, I hope one of these would hit soon. Somebody needs to try and duplicate what Carol Burnett with a lot of funny comedy sketches like SNL does.

      • Me too, I miss it so much that I still catch the reruns on the various local retro stations these days.

      • Yeah… I wish they would rerun the original one hour format.. I know it probably has to do with the music rights, but … I even enjoyed the Carol Burnett and Friends that was on for a few months..

    • OMG! The Carol Burnett show was the best ever! Just hearing some of the BTS antics that happened and how some of the iconic scenes played out by the brillant cast was amazing. The gone with the wind sketch with the curtain, Mrs Wiggins, Mr Tudball and the whole family sketch which spun off into Mama’s Family are just a few of the sketches that I remember. I wish this generation had something like this to watch in primetime (I consider SNL more for adults since it’s late night) like I had when growing up with the CB SHOW, which was something you could watch as a family. I wish them the best of luck in pulling this off.