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NBC Sets Premiere for The Maya Rudolph Show Special

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Maya Rudolph is returning to NBC!

The network has set the premiere date for the comic's variety show The Maya Rudolph Show, which will debut on Monday, May 19 at 10/9c.

The Saturday Night Live vet will headline the prime-time variety show, which will feature guest stars... read more

NBC Builds "Playground" to Help Save Comedy

Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers

NBC has enlisted some of its biggest stars and showrunners to help the network find undiscovered comedy talent. The campaign, dubbed the "NBC Comedy Playground," will ultimately lead to two winners who will then develop original series with an eye towards airing in summer 2015.

The "NBC Comedy Playground" advisory board includes... read more

Q&A: NBC's Bob Greenblatt on His Comedy Conundrum, the Late Night Transition and More

James Spader

NBC headed into midseason last year with plenty of momentum — only to see its fortunes collapse as The Voice took a winter nap and new hit Revolution went on hiatus.

Lesson learned. Not taking this fall's solid ratings for granted, NBC will bring its new smash, The Blacklist, back in January before taking a break for the Olympics. And the Winter Games will provide a ratings boost as well as a broad platform on which to market the network's upcoming series.

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VIDEOS: Meet SNL's New Addition Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata

On Saturday, Sasheer Zamata will make her debut as Saturday Night Live's newest cast member and we can't wait to see what the Upright Citizens Brigade alum will bring to the sketch series.

Thankfully, the Internet exists and we don't have to. Zamata's website and YouTube channel offer glimpses of what we can expect when she hits the stage — with host and musical guest Drake — this weekend.

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Bobby Moynihan Praises New SNL Cast Member Sasheer Zamata

Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata

Lorne Michaels took the first step in fixing Saturday Night Live's diversity problem by hiringSasheer Zamata earlier this week, making the Upright Citizens Brigade alum the first black female cast member on the series since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Zamata will face extra pressure, thanks to the ongoing controversy surrounding SNL's whitewashed cast, but new co-star Bobby Moynihan has full faith she'll be able to handle it with ease.

"I've seen her perform at UCB and I've never seen a more beautiful, confident person onstage than Sasheer," Moynihan tells TVGuide.com. "I think we're very, very lucky to get her."

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Saturday Night Live Adds Sasheer Zamata as New Cast Member After Controversy

Sasheer Zamata

After months of controversy surrounding the lack of diversity on Saturday Night Live, the long-running sketch comedy show is adding a female African-American comedienne to its ranks, Deadline reports.

Sasheer Zamata will make her debut on the next new show, which airs Jan. 18. Zamata, a University of Virginia graduate (Tina Fey's alma mater) and who trained at the... read more

Saturday Night Live to Add African-American Female to Cast By January

Kerry Washington

Saturday Night Live is hoping to add an African-American female to the cast as soon as January, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The NBC sketch comedy show recently held two showcases... read more

Family Guy: Is Brian Returning From the Dead?

Brian

Before our tears have even dried, Family Guy might be resurrecting Brian after shockingly killing him off last week.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the dog will return in the Dec. 15episode and will continue to play a role on the show. The logline for the episode, "Christmas Guy," which lists Brian in the cast of characters, reads: "Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas."

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SNL Alum Maya Rudolph to Debut Variety Show After Olympics

Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph is finally getting the proper spotlight for her talents. The Saturday Night Live vet will headline her own prime-time variety show, Deadline reports. read more

Kerry Washington to Host Saturday Night Live

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on Nov. 2, NBC announced Wednesday.

Washington, who stars on ABC's Scandal, will be joined by Eminem, who returns for a sixth appearance as musical guest.

Kenan Thompson blames SNL's diversity issue on lack of talented black comediennes

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