Beverly Hills -- You get a big hit on screen -- as Maya Rudolph indisputably has in "Bridesmaids" -- and you can be assured that new TV pilot you're starring in will adjust, quickly. And that (as a brief and obvious lesson in the rules and byways of show biz) is what has happened to the former "SNL" star.
She had been cast in a not-quite-leading role in the new NBC sitcom, "Up All Night" -- headlined by Will Arnett and Christina Applegate, as the new parents of a squalling infant. But NBC yesterday confirmed the pilot had been reshot to boost Rudolph's presence. In the original, she played the screechy over-caffeinated head of a PR agency in Hollywood. In the new show, she'll be a talk-show host.
"When people say daytime talk show, the first word is Oprah," Rudolph said to critics yesterday at the TCA. "Anyone that's doing daytime talk holds her in high esteem. This character's journey is trying to get there. She's got a long way."
Lorne Michaels is one of the executive producers on the new show. "The office part of it changes a great deal between Christina and Maya's character [both were colleagues in the pilot, with Applegate's character begging for time to be with the kids]. They're partners in a different way," he said.