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Look at the current landscape of American comedy in TV and film, and you will see an institution that has been shaped, molded and influenced by one show more than any other, for 39 years. Saturday Night Live has consistently proven itself to be the training ground for some of the best writers and performers in the business today, and it is preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Created by Lorne Michaels, and developed by Dick Ebersol (previously NBC’s Vice President of late-night programming) in 1975, Saturday Night Live is the late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that was designed to parody culture and politics with a repertory cast, celebrity guest hosts and a musical guest performance each week. It is one of the longest-running network TV shows in America, with a bulging trophy cabinet that includes 36 prime-time Emmys, 3 Writer’s Guild Association awards and a Peabody. In 2012, it »
- Sarah Myles
NBC will air a three-hour live special on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 , in celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.” The air date comes about eight months before the show originally debuted on the Peacock in the fall of 1975.
Past and present cast members, as well as special and musical guests from the show’s run, will appear on the telecast, with the specific lineup of guests to be determined in the coming months.
“This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, was the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who still presides over the whole enterprise today,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “This special is just one of the many ways we plan to celebrate ‘SNL’s historic 40th season next year.”
The “SNL” anniversary specials often serve as a time capsule of sorts, with major players from the program returning to reprise their old antics. »
- Brian Steinberg
We can’t reveal who is having the Best Week Ever until an all-new episode of Best Week Ever airs Friday, April 18 at 10/9 C. Until then, check out these behind-the-scenes clips from the cast of Best Week Ever!
That’s all well and good, but we want to know what you think.
Who do You think is having the Best Week Ever?
Who Do You Think Is Having The Best Week Ever?
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- Meghan O'Keefe
The Mindy Project star joins Bad Boys Crazy Girls - The Hollywood Reporter How Frozen really should have ended - HuffPost Entertainment The trailer for The Green Inferno is super-messed-up - Moviefone 5 types of movie adaptations that must be stopped - Cracked The best Glee quotes from this week's episode - BuddyTV Watch what's coming up next for The Originals - Gossip Girl Are you prepared for The Maya Rudolph Show? - Splitsider Things aren't looking too good for Transcendence - Rotten Tomatoes Jon Hamm shows raw emotion on Sesame Street - Popsugar Moms »
- Maggie Pehanick
You guys might all be a bit too young to know what a Variety Show is (thank your lucky stars for that) but I can take a moment to tell you of their horrors. They used to exist in the 70′s, and were basically like sketch shows, only with a great deal of singing and [&hellip
NBC Greenlights a One-Time Maya Rudolph Variety Show »
- Remy Carreiro
While variety shows are a relic of an earlier television era, early reports say its a test pilot to see if the show could turn into a recurring series.
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- Amanda Holpuch
After a long-delayed debut, The Maya Rudolph Show finally has a premiere date: Monday, May 19 at 10 Pm. Except here's the catch: it's yet unclear whether Rudolph's variety show will be a one-time special or an ongoing series. NBC will presumably base that decision on that first episode's ratings. Here's what we do know: There will be a ton of guest stars. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, and Sean Hayes are scheduled to appear, as is musical guest Janelle Monae and bandleader Raphael Saadiq. Rudolph was last seen guest-starring on Portlandia and will appear in P.T. Anderson's Inherent Vice in December. [h/t Av Club]
- Inkoo Kang
Yesterday, Ed told you that This Week with George Stephanopoulos hired anti-gay pundit Laura Ingraham. Salon‘s Alex Pareene says that’s just the latest step in a rightward lurch for the Sunday morning talk show, one that involves hiring conservative pundits who make for terrible television. But, really, if you want to watch a Sunday morning talk show, you should be watching Up with Steve Kornacki. Under Kornacki, Up is a lot more political, and Kornacki has turned out to be incredibly skilled at asking the tough questions that cut to the truth of the matter.
It’s finally happening. EW says that NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for May 19. The variety special will feature appearances by Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson and Chris Parnell with a performance by Jannell Monae. The variety show is a genre that has struggled on TV (oh, »
- Lyle Masaki
Maya Rudolph Variety Show
The Maya Rudolph Show, which will include musical numbers and sketches, is being executive produced by SNL’s Lorne Michaels. Though it’s only slated to be a one-hour special, it’s possible that it could be optioned as an ongoing series for NBC.
For the May 19 premiere, Rudolph will be joined by fellow SNL alums Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Chris Parnell, reported Entertainment Weekly. Kristen Bell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes will all be featured as well. Janelle Monáe will serve as the musical guest for the Maya Rudolph Show premiere.
Rudolph’s last big TV project was the NBC sitcom Up All Night in which she starred alongside Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Though they were planning to revamp the show by going multi-camera back in February, »
All hail NBC for what should be their best decision in months: giving Maya Rudolph her own variety show. "The Maya Rudolph Show," a one-hour throwback to classic variety series of yore, stars the "SNL" vet in its first episode May 19. The show could turn into a regular series, and by the looks of the talent appearing on the debut, that seems inevitable. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, musical guest Janelle Monae, and bandleader Raphael Saadiq will be part of the proceedings. Yes, please. Thank you. To celebrate this fantastic news, let's remember that Rudolph is -- without question -- the most Gif-able comedienne on the planet. Her every face and movement is worthy of its own flipbook. Here are 15 times she was worthy of a kickass Gif. »
- Louis Virtel
Starring the Emmy Award nominee and beloved Saturday Night Live veteran, NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for Monday, May 19 (10 pm Et/Pt). Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky will produce, with Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer. Revisiting the classic variety show format, The Maya Rudolph Show will feature guest stars Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Sean Hayes. Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Janelle Monae will serve as the musical guest. R&b singer-producer Raphael Saadiq will be the bandleader. Rudolph was part of Saturday Night Live from 2000-11, performing in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Starring the Emmy Award nominee and beloved Saturday Night Live veteran, NBC has scheduled The Maya Rudolph Show for Monday, May 19 (10 pm Et/Pt). Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky will produce, with Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer. Revisiting the classic variety show format, The Maya Rudolph Show will feature guest stars Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Sean Hayes. Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Janelle Monae will serve as the musical guest. R&b singer-producer Raphael Saadiq will be the bandleader. Rudolph was part of Saturday Night Live from 2000-11, performing in hundreds of sketches and earning an Emmy nomination in 2012 for guest actress in a comedy series. On the small screen, she recently appeared on NBC's Up All Night. It's worth noting that the Rudolph special will air a few days after the conclusion of the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries that stars. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The dream you didn't know you had of Maya Rudolph hosting her own variety show is coming true. The Maya Rudolph Show will premiere Monday, May 19 at 10 p.m. Et on NBC. The one-hour special is a throwback to the classic variety show format and is serving as a pilot for a possible ongoing version. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes will be guests. Janelle Monáe will be the show's musical guest with Raphael Saadiq serving as bandleader. Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky will produce with Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer. Rudolph shot to fame on Saturday Night Live where she stayed for 11 »
More than a year after rumors first started circulating, and several months after it was supposed to debut, the Maya Rudolph variety show is actually coming to television. Hurray! The Maya Rudolph Show, currently just a one-off special, will air Monday, May 19 at 10 p.m., NBC announced today. Raphael Saadiq will serve as band leader; Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, and Andy Samberg will guest-star; and Janelle Monae will be the musical guest. NBC says the special will "[revisit] the classic variety show format," which is fine and all — but the only thing that really matters is that something called The Maya Rudolph Show is finally happening. »
- Margaret Lyons
NBC set a date for its Maya Rudolph variety special/pilot. Revisiting the variety-show format, The Maya Rudolph Show special will air at 10 Pm Monday, May 19. Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes and Janelle Monae will appear; Raphael Saadiq serves as bandleader. Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky will produce, with Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer. When the NBC comedy series Up All Night — in which Rudolph co-starred with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, did not go forward with the planned multi-camera revamp in February — Rudolph informed studios and networks that she wanted to do a variety show. NBC was among several suitors that began pursuing the project, leading to the pilot order. This marks the latest collaboration between Rudolph and Michaels, who also produced Up All Night. Rudolph, daughter of the late soul singer Minnie Riperton, was one of SNL »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
NBC has scheduled “The Maya Rudolph Show” special to air on Monday, May 19 at 10 p.m. The variety show will feature fellow “Saturday Night Live” alums Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen, along with “Frozen” star Kristen Bell and musical guest Janelle Monae. Also read: Maya Rudolph Variety Show Coming to NBC Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, and Sean Hayes will also appear on the special, and Raphael Saadiq is serving as bandleader. Rudolph most recently costarred on NBC's “Up All Night,” which was canceled after the show was retooled following star Christina Applegate's departure early last year. David Javerbaum, Erin David, »
- L.A. Ross
The Universal Television event will also feature “SNL” alums Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Chris Parnell, as well as Kristen Bell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes. Janelle Monae will be the musical guest and Raphael Saadiq serves as bandleader.
May is shaping up to be a heavy events month for NBC. This special airs a few days after the conclusion of the network’s “Rosemary’s Baby” miniseries that stars Zoe Saldana.
- Whitney Friedlander
Maya Rudolph will make her return to NBC next month with some song and sketch — not to mention, a little help from her famous friends.
The network has slated her variety show special, titled The Maya Rudolph Show, to air on May 19 at 10 p.m., and the Saturday Night Live vet — who recently starred in another Peacock comedy series, Up All Night — will be joined by Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell.
Janelle Monáe will pop up as the musical guest, while Raphael Saaddiq will serve as bandleader.
The one-hour special, which also »
- Dan Snierson
As follow-up to the critical darling The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson is bringing us Inherent Vice, a 1970s-set crime drama based on the Thomas Pynchon novel about a drug-fueled detective on a search for his missing ex-girlfriend. His cast includes Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Maya Rudolph. This much-anticipated film isn't scheduled to hit theaters until December, but one insider has tipped what fans should expect from P.T. Anderson's latest. The Film Stage spoke with an audience member from an early screening of the film. Read this unnamed viewer's impressions below: "Mix together The Big Lebowski and Altman.s The Long Goodbye, turn it into a two-and-a-half hour Pt Anderson epic and you.re getting close to the awesome experience of Inherent Vice. Even Joaquin Phoenix.s performance has echoes of 70′s Elliot Gould with a touch of The Dude. »
Those squirrelly rascals!
The cartoon follows Surly (Will Arnett) as a mischievous squirrel on a mission to look for nuts for the winter. He discovers a store filled with nuts and plans for an outrageous heist to rob the store. However, the store is a front for a small group of bank robbers trying to plan their own heist at a bank across the street.
The all-star voice cast also includes Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Whole Lotta Love), Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, The Grey), Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Turbo), Jeff Dunham (Arguing With Myself, Spark of Insanity) and Gabriel Iglesias (Magic Mike, Hot & Fluffy).
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet.
Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV »
- Gig Patta
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