EXCLUSIVE: When NBC’s Up All Night started to implode this month following the departure of Christina Applegate, co-stars Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph immediately began fielding pilot offers. Arnett settled on a pilot, picking Greg Garcia’s untitled CBS project, while Rudolph has been passing on pilot offers — about five of them. I hear the Saturday Night Live alumna instead wants to topline a variety show, and multiple networks and studios are interested. I hear suitors include 20th Century Fox, ABC and NBC.
Rudolph, daughter of soul singer Minnie Riperton, brought a lot of variety elements to NBC’s late-night comedy series SNL during her seven-year stint there. Her memorable impersonations and original characters often included music performances, including her recurring gig as Beyoncé Knowles in the Prince Show sketches.