Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph Cast in Tina Fey/Amy Poehler Comedy

Maya Rudolph will reunite with her Saturday Night Live costars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the upcoming comedy film The Nest. Fey and… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: It Was [Redacted] All Along

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, The Americans offers a big reveal and Mixology leaves the airwaves for good. … Read More

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‘The Maya Rudolph Show’ Fails to Revive the Variety Show Genre

If anyone has the ability to bring back the variety show, it’s Maya Rudolph. That much is true. Last night, NBC aired its attempt to revive a genre that died decades ago (aside from a few halfhearted and truly terrible attempts here and there), and the network smartly put Maya Rudolph at the helm. She’s the right woman for the job, seamlessly transitioning from big, rousing musical numbers to smaller comedy sketches, but even so, the question The Maya Rudolph Show left in my mind was: do we need to bring back variety shows? … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg joins tonight’s SNL cast to say goodbye to the 39th season. It’s a somewhat unusual choice in that Samberg was never a strong live performer during his stint on the series. More importantly, however, he introduced an era of “Digital Shorts,” beloved for their big production values, surreal effects, and celebrity cameos. It was a smart way to bring SNL up to speed in the Internet age, keeping it relevant, giving viewers an opportunity to tap into the spirit of the series on their own time. As we leave 39 behind, it’s still unclear who will be checking out (Nasim Pedrad will be busy with FOX sitcom Mulaney this fall) and which featured players will continue on (did any of them really get enough screen time?). The future is uncertain, but let’s leave those worries behind as we conclude another wildly uneven season with (hopefully) a few laughs. … Read More

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10 TV Events to Look Out For in May

April showers bring May… TV premieres? OK, so that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but either way, we’re getting a lot of new and returning television this month. Unfortunately, May is technically the end of the 2013-2014 TV season, so there are a lot of sad finales — New Girl, Revenge, Mad Men, Trophy Wife, etc. — but there’s also more than enough new stuff to keep you busy.  … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Maya Rudolph’s Variety Show, Kobe Bryant’s Documentary

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, The Maya Rudolph Show gets a premiere date, Enlisted brothers become cousins, and another show attempts a Kickstarter campaign. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: Jim Rash and Nat Faxon on Oscars, ‘Community,’ and ‘The Way, Way Back’

When The Descendants won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay last year, more than a few viewers sat up in their seats and squinted at the screen: was that Dean Pelton from Community? (And was he making fun of Angelina Jolie?) Indeed it was; Community’s Jim Rash and his writing partner Nat Faxon shared that award with director Alexander Payne, the duo old friends and collaborators from their time in Los Angeles’ famed improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings. Subsequently, the long-gestating script for their coming-of-age comedy/drama The Way Way Back was put into production, with the pair sharing directorial duties; that film is out today in limited release, and it’s wonderful. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Kristen Wiig

When Kristen Wiig left SNL last year, Mick Jagger hosted her final episode and gave the Bridesmaids star, writer, and producer an emotional send-off. Wiig was exuberant for her return last night and seemed to be having a blast with former castmates Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, holding back the laughter during several sketches. She was given a warm homecoming with open arms, several friends popped by to lend a funny, and musical guest Vampire Weekend performed “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers.” We wondered if the episode would rely on Wiig’s best-of, and for the most part it did – not unlike Zach Galifianakis’ comfortable (as comfy as things get with him), middle-of-the-road moments last week. The frustration with Wiig’s speedy return to the series is twofold. … Read More

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