‘Up All Night’ To Do 1 Multi-Camera Episode

EXCLUSIVE: We will get a glimpse of what a multi-camera Up All Night would look like after all. I have learned that NBC plans to film one multi-camera episode of the sophomore comedy without star Christina Applegate, who departed the series on Friday. I hear the episode will be directed by master multi-camera helmer James Burrows, who is doing three pilots this season. When NBC in October decided to turn softly rated single-camera comedy Up All Night into multi-camera, the network ordered five episodes to be shot in front of a live audience. That order has now been cut to one. It is unclear whether Applegate will be replaced; there had been rumors that NBC was eying other actresses, including Friends alumna Lisa Kudrow. The future of Up All Night is still up in the air while co-stars Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph are getting pilot offers. NBC had no comment.

The multi-camera version of Up All Night is being shepherded by Linda Wallem, the show’s third showrunner following Jon Pollack and Tucker Cawley. Up All Night creator/executive producer Emily Spivey left the show last month. At TCA last month, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke called the multi-camera revamp “a bit of an experiment”, but “we think it’s really one worth taking.”

In its original incarnation, Up All Night was a family comedy about new parents played by Applegate and Arnett, which was inspired by Spivey’s real-life experiences going back to work soon after giving birth. The workplace element was expanded and switched from a PR firm to an Oprah-like talk show when Rudolph was cast as Applegate’s boss, and there has been speculation that the series will shift even further in that direction when it becomes multi-camera.

Comments (39)

  • Just let it go.

    – xoxo, everyone.

    Comment by WHY — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 3:47pm PST  
  • I cannot believe they are continuing to waste money on this when it seems obvious that the show is dead. If they want the actors to stay at NBC, offer them new projects that might actually be successful.

    Comment by Sara — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 3:58pm PST  
  • Pull the plug.

    Comment by Rome — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:05pm PST  
  • They’re going to have more cameras than they will episodes.

    Comment by Jeff — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:08pm PST  
    • Ohhhhhhh…..Sweet

      Comment by edub — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:38pm PST  
  • So, essentially, they’re doing a “front” door pilot to see if there’s any interest in going forward with multi-cam’s new premise?

    Comment by bigbowood — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:16pm PST  
  • This is just another example of a failed show on NBC where they’re trying anything they can to save it from the chopping block. This show is done as NBC should just CXL it while they can save face.

    Comment by Jed — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:21pm PST  
  • It really is time to take Up All Night to live on a farm in the country where it can spend its days chasing rabbits and running wild and free.

    Comment by Britta — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:21pm PST  
    • You just gave us our new hit show. Thanks Britta! :)

      Comment by Nothing But Crap Network — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:39pm PST  
    • Running Wilde! That was an underrated show.

      Comment by Jeff Mclachlan — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 8:37pm PST  
  • What??! Why?? What’s the point?

    Comment by joshreader — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:26pm PST  
  • Maya Rudolph with a show tailor-made for her? Surprised it hasn’t happened already…but it will. She can do it all and with the right combination could boost any network any night of the week. Bittersweet, funny, cute, special.

    Comment by Mark Kelley — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:26pm PST  
    • Right???!!!

      Comment by e — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 6:33pm PST  
    • The show should become all about Maya’s character. Write Christina and Will off.

      Comment by John Michaels — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 9:55pm PST  
  • Weird.

    Comment by Weird. — Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:52pm PST  
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