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Applegate-free 'Up All Night' not canceled

Report: Revamped sitcom apparently to be treated as a new pilot

By Corey Levitan Feb 13, 2013 9:43AM

www.cbsnes.comSomeone at NBC has been watching reruns of "Cheers," "The Hogan Family" and "Laverne & Shirley." Apparently, the network thinks that continuing "Up All Night" without Christina Applegate is a possibility. According to Deadline, plans are still afoot to convert the single-camera sitcom to a multi-camera, studio-audience situation. (This change appears to be what caused both Applegate and creator Emily Spivey to quit on Friday.)


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It is not known whether Applegate will be replaced, although former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow is the rumored frontrunner to join Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph if she is.


NBC realizes that suddenly losing the mom in an established sitcom about two parents raising a kid could be a problem. (Nothing gets by NBC.) So, according to Deadline, it has scaled back its new episode order from five to one. In other words, it's treating the show as just another pilot for next season.


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In addition, it has hired James Burrows to direct the episode, which is significant because the veteran director has helmed episodes of "Cheers" (which successfully replaced Shelley Long with Kirstie Alley, and which Burrows also co-created), "The Hogan Family" (which was born when Sandy Duncan successfully replaced Valerie Harper in "Valerie"), and "Laverne & Shirley" (which actually shot a final season without Shirley).


Well, two out of three ain't bad.


Deadline notes that both Arnett and Rudolph are reportedly fielding other pilot offers. And wouldn't you, too?

Feb 14, 2013 3:45PM
I hope it happens. I always love to watch a show after a good retooling. It is usually a train wreck.
This is the mother of all retoolings!!!!
Feb 14, 2013 6:09AM
Maybe the kid will actually be on the show now.  Mom always got home after the baby was sleeping and the baby never actually kept anyone up at night.
Feb 14, 2013 5:39AM
NBC.....should be shut down as a criminal org supporting the criminal activities of the Obama Administration.
Feb 14, 2013 4:57AM

it sucks one of my favorite shows on Hulu + and it might be the end.


Feb 14, 2013 4:57AM
Applegate and Arnett are a great pair.  Why would Applegate be leaving??????????
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