Maya Rudolph's NBC Variety Special Lands Airdate, Guest Lineup

Rocking Rudolph

Maya Rudolph did some very convincing song-and-dance moves during her (purple) reign on "Saturday Night Live" -- even emulating a flamboyant Beyonce as Prince's sidekick on a famed skit called "The Prince Show." But now Rudolph's stepping into the purple suit herself.

Maya Rudolph's NBC variety show project has a guest lineup and an airdate.

The Saturday Night Live alum returns to the network with The Maya Rudolph Show special, which will air Monday, May 19 at 10 p.m. PT/ET on NBC, which also serves as a test run as the network toys with a series order.

The Maya Rudolph Show will revisit "the classic variety show format" and counts several SNL alum on the bill: Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Chris Parnell. Others on the lineup include Kristen Bell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes, with musicians Janelle Monae and Raphael Saadiq, the latter serving as bandleader.

Rudolph, David Javerbaum, Erin David and Dave Becky serve as producers, with Lorne Michaels as executive producer. Universal Television is behind the special.

Rudolph most recently starred in NBC's Up All Night comedy and prior to that was a regular SNL castmember for more than a decade, earning a 2012 Emmy nomination or a guest actress in a comedy series. On the big screen, she was part of the Bridesmaids ensemble, also appearing in The Way Way Back, Away We Go and Grown Ups. This marks Rudolph's return to the sketch comedy space she has become known for.

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