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NBC Orders Comedy Series Starring Maya Rudolph, Produced By 'SNL' Chief Lorne Michaels

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 13, 2013 3:01 PM
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Maya Rudolph

Speaking on black women on Saturday Night Live...

SNL chief Lorne Michaels will produced a new TV variety series starring former SNL cast member, Maya Rudolph, for NBC primetime.

The network has ordered a pilot for the proposed variety show, to air as a special after the Winter Olympics, which begins Friday, February 7, 2013.

Rudolph will executive produce with Lorne Michaels, Erin David and Dave Becky

Apparently, the series was a hot property, and was chased by a number of networks, with NBC eventually winning out. 

This will mark a return to TV for Rudolph, who, most recently, appeared on the big screen this year, in Grown Ups 2 and The Way Way Back, and will feature in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1970s crime drama, Inherent Vice, in 2014.

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  • CareyCarey | November 14, 2013 2:49 AMReply

    Well I'll be damn, Maya Rudolph isn't white, is she. I mean, although I've heard all the "accusations" about this woman, I do not watch SNL (or much TV at all), so I never knew who the chatter was about.

    But the other day in the credits for Grown Ups 2, I saw her name pass by. Then... BAM, it hit me, that white woman must have been Maya Rudolph. But in this photo, she sho-nuff looks black to me. Anyway, I wanted to make sure I was thinking right and seeing straight, so after reading this post and the comments, I checked her IMDb page. I'll be damn, there it was, her mother is Minnie Riperton! She's a black singer from the 60's. She started with the white band "Rotary Connection". I know, her name and that band probably doesn't ring a bell with this crowd? But....
    Checkout her mother's looks and her incredible range in this youtube clip---->

  • Tracey | November 13, 2013 10:51 PMReply

    Actually, she was on that show Up All Night with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. It was on from 2011-12.

  • Alias | November 13, 2013 6:45 PMReply

    I've been wondering when, if, Paul Thomas Anderson was going to cast Maya or any other black person in one of his films. ... I wonder if he's even aware that his wife is a woman of color.

  • CC | November 14, 2013 9:43 AM

    Ms. B, you've posed an interesting question.

    When is "black" not black? I believe you've nailed it. Come to think of it, I don't know which "race" her mother identified with the most?

    Here's another picture of Maya and her mother Minnie Riperton, Minnie is singing "Back Down Memory Lane" and Maya's face is flashed on the screen. She looks just like her momma.

  • B | November 14, 2013 8:22 AM

    Here is an interview with Maya. She identifies as MIXED. Mixed and Black are not one in the same, story. Honestly, people need to kill the one drop rule. I am a Black Woman. My mother and father are Black. Black and White= Black. Nope, it doesn't. Maya DOESN'T see herself as AA and I have no problem with it. Why? Because she isn't.Can't kick someone out of a "race" she was never in.

  • Akimbo | November 14, 2013 1:40 AM

    Not that she casts her own love interests, but Maya is married to Chris Rock in the Grown Ups films. She got her start on a black medical show, had a black father in Bridesmaids, and played an Oprah knock-off on Up All Night, in addition to a host of black characters on SNL.

    A (talented) mixed woman achieves mainstream success and y'all want to kick her out of "the race" because of your own hangups. None of y'all are actually quoting anything she's said, just making assumptions.

  • bob | November 14, 2013 12:13 AM

    Yeah, I don't even think she sees herself as a woman of color. Based on the roles she picks and the love interests she has in those movies.

  • scripttease | November 14, 2013 12:07 AM

    I think she considers herself caucasian. IMO

  • Miles Ellison | November 13, 2013 10:41 PM

    Or Hard Eight. No one should watch Boogie Nights.

  • Carl | November 13, 2013 10:31 PM

    ...or 'Magnolia.'

  • Carl | November 13, 2013 10:30 PM

    Clearly you didn't watch 'Boogie Nights.'

  • Smith | November 13, 2013 8:32 PM

    Ha! I wonder if SHE is aware of it!

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