The future of NBC’s Up All Night is up in the air following the surprise announcement that series lead, Christina Applegate has left the show.
When it premiered the during the 2011-2012 season, the single-camera comedy Up All Night focused on Applegate’s Reagan Brinkley as she goes back to work after the birth of her daughter, while her husband, Chris (Will Arnett) quits his job as a lawyer to be a stay-at-home dad. The show featured a show within a show in its first season, the talk show Ava, hosted by Ava Alexander (Maya Rudolph).
The first season had its ups and downs especially when the focus no longer was about Reagan juggling her career and being a mom but became more of a workplace comedy as the show started to focus more on Reagan and Ava. The show had potential with most of its laughs coming courtesy of Maya Rudolf.
However, Up All Night’s second season dropped the Ava talk show from its storytelling and lost me as a viewer. I saw the first episode of season 2 where Ava was cancelled with Reagan and Ava out of a job. Now Reagan is the stay-at-home parent and Chris starting a business with Reagan’s brother Scott (Luka Jones). I just lost interest in this show and reading up on its upcoming episodes didn’t make me want to watch it anymore. Plus it aired on Thursdays, one of the busiest TV watching days for me that I just let it lapse from my DVR. And the show’s ratings still remained soft through its first 11 episodes.
On October 29, 2012, NBC announced that it would revamp the single-camera comedy into a multi-camera one to be shot in front of a live studio audience (more like TV comedies of old). The show was pulled after its first 11 episodes aired so the show can make its conversion to a traditional sitcom for its last five episodes. Even before the show shot any of these, a lot of behind-the-scenes turnover was happening, starting first with the departure of show creator Emily Spivey and now Applegate.
Deadline reports a statement from Applegate, which she said: “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.” She goes on to say “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.”
There are rumors that Friends star Lisa Kudrow might replace Applegate but this is unconfirmed. No offense to the show and the cast remaining but I think with Applegate now gone, this show should just die.
Applegate won’t be joining the unemployment line anytime soon as she is busy filming the sequel to Anchorman reprising her role as Veronica Corningstone.