It has been a little bit of time since we have really thought too much about Maya Rudolph’s variety show for NBC, but one of the reasons for that is that the network has not really done very much in terms of discussing the show as of late. The priority instead has been preparing for the launch of “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” their latest attempt to try to make this genre into something that generates big numbers once again. If you remember, there was once a time when variety shows were some of the big-ticket items out there for networks.
Well, the show is now starting to pick up a little bit of steam again, and one of the biggest reasons why could be the edition of Martin Short. These two performers teamed up for a really great segment on the “Saturday Night Live” 40th Anniversary Special, and this could be a new venue for the two of them to share together.
In theory, we’re all aboard this idea. Both are very funny performers, and they have seemingly really good chemistry together. Short has not really found a regular gig in some time that utilizes his talent in the way that it really should be utilized. This could be a way in which for him to really have that.
Ultimately, though, these two will need to be surrounded by a good format that really favors unpredictability, and then book people who more casual viewers will want to tune in and watch. This genre is such a wild card since it has been so long since one worked in primetime, but we do think that it really can, provided that you find a way to be original and give people a reason to watch every week.
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