Maya Rudolph is the perfect candidate to host a variety show—she sings, does impressions, is generally likable/awesome—and NBC is making the smart move of giving her the opportunity to do just that.
Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that NBC will air the pilot of a Rudolph-helmed variety series following the Winter Olympics. Saturday Night Live overlord Lorne Michaels is obviously producing. Reportedly, Rudolph had been gunning for a variety show after the end of her sitcom Up All Night, and after being pursued by a number of different networks, she's landed at her old home NBC.
We really hope this works. Why? For one, Maya can really sing, and primetime television needs more non-Glee musical numbers. See, for example, her rendition of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Home:"
She'll also be given ample space to explore her love of Prince. Good news for all of us.
A variety show will also allow Rudolph trot out her impressions, like her spot-on and always relevant Beyoncé. Or her less relevant, but hilarious, Maya Angelou.
Essentially, Rudolph—whose name was mentioned as a possibility to replace outgoing Late Night host Jimmy Fallon—deserves to be on TV regularly, doing her weird thing. The primetime variety show is something of an outdated concept, conjuring images of Ed Sullivan, but if anyone can do it, Rudolph can. We're in.