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Maya Rudolph on her variety special, slow 'SNL' goodbye, and Barack Obama impression you never saw

Song. Dance. Sketch. These are three things that Maya Rudolph is planning to bring back to prime time — along with a good time. The Maya Rudolph Show, a variety special that airs May 19 at 10 p.m. on NBC, will take the Saturday Night Live vet to familiar places with familiar faces: SNL alums Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, and Chris Parnell, along with Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, and Craig Robinson, are among the featured guests. (SNL overlord Lorne Michaels is serving as executive producer.) It’s a chance to reunite with some old pals but also bring back a piece of a different past. “They always show those Carol Burnett specials, and I always really responded to the familial aspect of it and how much fun they were having, which is what I miss more than anything about SNL — my friends and laughing,” she says. Pick up a copy of Entertainment Weekly with The Normal Heart on the cover to read all about her retro-reboot — and scroll down for some bonus quotes from the self-described “two and three-quarters threat.” READ FULL STORY

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's variety show 'HitRECord on TV': Watch the trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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As if Joseph Gordon-Levitt hasn’t charmed you enough this year, the dimpled multi-hyphenate is bringing his talents — and those of dozens of regular people like you — back to television.

HITRECORD ON TV is JGL’s updated take on the variety show, extended from his popular online production community hitRECord, which features open collaboration among artists, writers, photographers, musicians, and basically any other creative type you can dream up. Each episode will feature standout segments created by the site’s everyday contributors — the pilot, for instance, is themed around “The Number One” and includes a short film, animation, music, live performances, and more, all of which were created by regular users.

EW has the exclusive first look at the trailer for the innovative new series, which premieres Saturday, Jan. 18, on Pivot at 10 p.m. ET. Also, scroll ahead for a look at the key art for the show.
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