It’s been 39 years since the first episode of Saturday Night Live debuted on the airwaves of NBC and in that time the show has garnered a slew of spinoff films but never a spinoff series. There have been imitators (everyone remembers Fridays — just kidding they don’t) but never anything directly linked to SNL and in the SNL style.
Well, until now that is. Deadline is reporting that NBC has picked up the pilot for a variety series starring former SNL regular May Rudolph which will be produced by SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels. The series, which doesn’t yet have an official title yet, is slated to premiere after NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics concludes.
This marks yet another major programming move for NBC that features a former SNL star from the last decade. Long before this most recent announcement was made, NBC had announced they were moving Jimmy Fallon up from his late night slot and into Jay Leno’s seat and planned to do so for the Olympics.
Now Rudolph joins her former cast-mate in moving into a premiere nighttime slot that should help the show gain a footing. The show will be a variety show, so while it will no doubt feature a ton of SNL style sketches starring Rudolph, it will also feature a slew of other attractions as well.
No specific date has been given for the premiere of the show, but NBC is planning it’s new programming around it’s Olympic ratings which means we can expect to hear more about this project leading up to the Sochi Games early next year.