It's been a good long while since we've heard from revered 'SNL' alum Maya Rudolph, following the dissolution of the much-maligned 'Up All Night,' but it seems the sought-after 'Bridesmaids' star may end up back on the NBC stage after all. Sources report that Rudolph has committed to a new NBC variety special, which could well become its own series if successful.
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Well, no major surprise here either. Just hours after NBC picked up a number of series and officially discarded both '1600 Penn' and 'Whitney,' the peacock has added to the cancellations 'Up All Night' and 'Guys With Kids.' 'Up All Night' especially had been through a heap of trouble with showrunner changes, revamps and Christina Applegate's departure, but will that be all of NBC's major shakeups today?
Likely any TV viewer keeping abreast of the news, and NBC's recent struggles have heard the 'Up All Night' debacle that saw series star Christina Applegate exiting the series in advance of a posed three-camera reboot. NBC has yet to officially cancel the series, or release stars Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph from their contracts, but new reports suggest that NBC's proposed three-camera twists ran the gamut from meta, to completely insane. Find out what killed 'Up All Night' inside!
For weeks now the 'Up All Night's debacle has been kicking into high gear, as prior to shooting even one episode of the struggling NBC series' three-camera retool, series star Christina Applegate abandoned ship. Most recently, we'd heard that fellow stars Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett were eying their own departures, Rudolph disclosing a fourth pregnancy and Arnett being courted for a new multi-camera CBS pilot, and now the latter has been made official. Will Arnett will lead Greg Garcia's untitled new comedy, but is NBC still holding on to 'Up All Night?'
Many TV viewers and 'Up All Night' fans assumed the end was nigh the moment NBC announced it would put the struggling comedy on hiatus, and re-tool the single-camera sitcom into a three-camera laugh track effort. Yet even as show-runner Emily Spivey departed, the show appeared to be ready to start its new format until series star Christina Applegate dealt the most deadly blow yet, departing the show altogether. NBC still intends to salvage the show, but will new potential exits from Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph be the final nail in the coffin?
For a series already mired in turmoil behind the scenes over two season, 'Up All Night' gave what very likely could prove the series' death knell last week, as series star Christina Applegate quit before the show shifted production toward a three-camera sitcom. At the time, NBC reportedly considered re-casting Applegate's role, or further re-tooling the show to work without Reagan Brinkley, but now the network seems to have a clearer plan. Rather than shooting five episodes in the new three-camera format, the series will shoot only one more episode, but will the series continue without Applegate?
Fans of NBC's 'Up All Night' well know that the series has endured a troubled road to success, re-tooling its premise for a second season and most recently making the decision to shift from a single-camera to a three-camera studio audience sitcom, losing series creator Emily Spivey in the process. That change has now claimed yet another casualty, and it's a big one. Series lead and upcoming 'Anchorman 2' star Christina Applegate has decided to leave the series entirely, but will NBC replace her or cut their losses altogether?
Though few were surprised to see that NBC would take action to curb 'Up All Night's' ratings downfall, no one quite expected that the network would put the Will Arnett/Christina Applegate-fronted comedy on hiatus to re-tool from a single-camera effort to a three-camera sitcom. The new format is no guarantee of success, but should be in good hands now that NBC has tapped former 'Nurse Jackie' showrunner Linda Wallem to manage the show in its new incarnation. Will you watch a re-tooled 'Up All Night'?
All too often we see struggling TV series limp on with additional episode orders or merely additional script orders, but they're usually a temporary stopgap. NBC's 'Up All Night' has never found a particularly strong foothold within the network's lineup, even after the re-vamp of the current premise and a light ratings uptick. Regardless, good news has arrived for the Christina Applegate/Will Arnett-fronted comedy, but with an unusual twist. 'Up All Night' will return for more episodes, but what will be drastically different about the series?
No, they're not talking about Tony Hale, that's just a happy coincidence. In any case, while 'Arrested Development' continues to shoot its fourth season for Netflix's 2013 revival, we find ourselves torn. Is it better to learn of the many past 'Arrested' stars whose faces we'll be seeing return to the new season, or should we be more intrigued by the new additions? We've got the 'Workaholics' boys, John Slattery and more, but now we've got 'Up All Night's' Chris Diamantopoulos. What can he bring to the mix?