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NBC Orders ‘Maya and Marty in Manhattan’

Summer Variety Series Will Air out of 'America's Got Talent' on Tuesday

NBC, which is intent on reviving the variety format in primetime, has confirmed upcoming “Maya and Marty in Manhattan,” hosted by former “SNL” players Maya Rudolph and Martin Short and produced by Lorne Michaels. Also featured will be “SNL’s” Kenan Thompson.

The series, which will telecast live from 30 Rockefeller Center and will feature sketches that spoof current events and celebrities and musical performances, will launch Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m., after the season-premiere of “America’s Got Talent.”

Last fall, NBC aired “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” which lasted on eight episodes.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( 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’d encourage them to watch some old episodes of The Carol Burnett Show if they want to see how to create a solid base on which to grow a successful variety show. I’m a fan of NPH, but that show was pretty awful.

    • I actually enjoyed segments of Best Time Ever. I liked the home singing competition and I liked some of the segments where they surprised an audience member. I thought the celebrity in the balcony idea was lame, as were most of the show ending segments.

    • Omg, I was just about to type this! I’ve been watching the Carol Burnett show on MeTV and that is comedy gold right there!! I think Tina Fey would be an awesome candidate for this.