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'Up All Night' drama goes from bad to worse

The now Applegate-free comedy could be losing Rudolph and Arnett, too

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Feb 18, 2013 1:02PM

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It looks like it's time to say "sleep tight" to NBC's "Up All Night."


While most people of rational thought believed the parenting comedy should be canceled after star Christina Applegate quit earlier this month, Peacock executives tried to keep the show alive with a one-episode reboot.


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But that might not be possible because the sitcom's remaining stars have new beginnings of their own. CBS and ABC are courting Will Arnett, THR reports, and Maya Rudolph is reportedly preggers with her fourth child. The show's writers had planned on working Rudolph's pregnancy into the storyline, but if NBC mercifully pulls the plug such tweaks wouldn't be necessary.


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But "Up All Night" isn't quite dead yet. Sure, Applegate quit but Arnett and Rudolph are still under contract. NBC and the actor's camps have declined comment.


"Up All Night" started to unravel behind the scenes when NBC announced late last year the show would change from a single-camera comedy to a multi-camera series shot in front of a live studio audience. Not long after, Emily Spivey, who created the show, quit and so did showrunner Tucker Cawley.


Linda Wallem, of "Nurse Jackie" fame, replaced Cawley but Applegate wasn't happy with the changes so she split, too. Meanwhile, the writers behind "Up All Night" have started hunting for new gigs.


"It's been a great experience working on 'Up All Night,' but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors," Applegate said in a statement. "Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always."


So what do you think? Is "Up All Night" dead or could Carly and Delaney Prince -- the twins who play baby Amy -- do the show alone?

Feb 21, 2013 6:39PM

RIP "Up All Night"... it is too bad, it was  good show - great chemistry between the cast... I am disappointed, but know that the 3 top plays, Arnett, Applegate, and Rudolph will all be back in other shows, so good luck to all. BTW, I completely agree with others that have posted - why fix what isn't broken. As an avid viewer of fluffy comedies... it is such a drag to get invested in a storyline to only have it get changed/cancelled etc. Happened with "Better Off Ted" and a few others, that the networks did not get behind.

Too bad...

Feb 18, 2013 2:01PM
I absolutely loved this show.  My wife and I looked forward to it every week in our DVR queue.  A note to the "creative" management of these shows....its a little almost never heard of piece of advice...."If it ain't broke, don't fix it"!

Seriously if everyone is fleeing your show, especially because of shooting choices and not writing problems.  Put it back the way it was.  This show was WAY too new to make those kind of changes.  I would recommend putting it back the way it was and get on your hands and knees and BEG them all to come back.  Make penance by contractually swearing to never do something so stupid again. 

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