ANCHORMAN's David Koechner Developing Sketch Variety Series for NBC
Lou Wallach will produce alongside THE OFFICE alum and former SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE player.
"I am thrilled to be working with NBC to develop a dynamic hour of variety entertainment," Koechner told Deadline. "I got my start working for NBC on Saturday Night Live, followed by a stint on The Office, and I'm happy to be back. As a husband and father of five, my vision is for us to create a show that engages everyone. I want it to make a mom, dad and grandmother laugh, while the 13- to 19-year-old stands behind the couch peeking over his iPhone, equally amused by the content."
It was also recently confirmed that SNL vet Maya Rudolph's own variety show pilot that will air as a special after the upcoming Winter Olympics on NBC. The comic will also serve as executive producer along with Lorne Michaels, Erin David and Dave Becky.
Reports of the project first surfaced back in February 2013 when Rudolph's NBC comedy 'Up All Night' Tanked in the ratings. The series was set to take a break before returning in its new incarnation as a multi-camera show filmed in front of a live audience. However those plans soon unraveled leaving Rudolph as a free agent and available for future pilot offers. However, she chose to turn them down and instead, pursue her own variety show. Looks like she made the right choice!
Rudolph rose to prominence on Saturday Night Live, where she was a cast member from 2000 to 2007. She has also starred in a number of films such as Idiocracy (2006), Away We Go (2009), Grown Ups (2010), Bridesmaids(2011), and Grown Ups 2 (2013). She starred as Ava Alexander in the NBC sitcom Up All Night from 2011 to 2013.
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