“THE MAYA RUDOLPH SHOW” SPECIAL SET TO AIR ON NBC MAY 19
Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes and Musical Guest Janelle Monae to Appear While Raphael Saadiq Serves as Bandleader
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 15, 2014 – Starring the Emmy Award nominee and beloved “Saturday Night Live” veteran, NBC has scheduled “The Maya Rudolph Show” for Monday, May 19 (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky will produce, with Lorne Michaels serving as executive producer. “The Maya Rudolph Show” is from Universal Television.
Revisiting the classic variety show format, “The Maya Rudolph Show” will feature guest stars Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”), Fred Armisen (“Portlandia,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers”), Chris Parnell (“Archer”), Craig Robinson (“Mr. Robinson”) and Sean Hayes (“Hollywood Game Night”).
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.
In 2011, Rudolph co-starred in the box office hit comedy “Bridesmaids,” and was nominated with a Screen Actors Guild Award and Broadcast Film Critics Award. On the big screen, her other credits include “The Way Way Back,” “Grown Ups” and “Away We Go.”
On the small screen, she recently appeared on NBC’s “Up All Night.”
NBC has canceled freshman comedy Sean Saves the World.
The network initially ordered 13 episodes of the comedy starring Sean Hayes as a gay single father and picked up five additional installments. Of the 18 episodes ordered, 14 have been filmed and 12 have aired. NBC may likely air the remaining two episodes after its coverage of the Winter Olympics, but the four other episodes will not be produced as production on the Universal Television comedy has been shut down, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Sean Saves the World had an uphill ratings battle from the start. Unlike Thursday neighbor The Michael J. Fox Show, which NBC committed to airing a full 22 episodes, Sean Saves the World was middling out of the gate with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers for its October premiere. Things never got better. A recent move to 9:30 p.m. didn’t goose ratings, with the latest episode averaging just a 0.7 in the key demo and a series low 2.6 million.
Season-to-date, Sean Saves the World is averaging a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 in live-plus-7 returns. The modest 27 percent jump from its live airings (1.1 adults) shows that time-shifted viewers were never that attracted. The still modest Michael J. Fox, by comparison, at least jumps 50 percent in DVR use to average a 1.8 rating in the demo.
For Hayes, however, his Hazy Mills production still has a relationship with NBC, withGrimm continuing to be a sturdy performer on Fridays and unscripted entry Hollywood Game Night returning to the schedule for a winter run after a solid summer bow.
This marks NBC’s second comedy cancellation of the 2013-14 season. Sean Saves the World joins Welcome to the Family, which was yanked after only a handful of low-rated episodes.