Christina Applegates Leaves "Up All Night," And It STILL May Not Be Dead
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Christina Applegates Leaves "Up All Night," And It STILL May Not Be Dead

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 8, 2013 | Comments ()


Despite retooling the sitcom between seasons one and two, then yanking Up All Night off the air to turn it into a multi-camera sitcom (none of those episodes have filmed yet), and despite the fact that the showrunner, Emily Spivey left, Up All Night had still planned to move ahead. Now? Christina Applegate has decided to leave the show, citing creative differences (i.e., recognizing that continuing it's a ridiculous hopeless endeavor).

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. "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."

And yet ... and yet ... according to Deadline, NBC has not officially given up on the sitcom, as they are possibly looking to bring Lisa Kudrow aboard to replace Applegate. Would she take over Applegate's character, come in as an Aunt, a Nanny? What the hell is going on?

Up All Night never performed particularly well in the ratings, so I have no idea what NBC is thinking. You keep on f*cking that chicken, Bob Greenblatt.

NBC has't commented yet. Meanwhile, Applegate is preparing to return to the Anchorman sequel.

(Source: Deadline)

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  • John W

    Define dead.

  • Kate

    Jeez, it was a decent show but nothing special. From what I can tell it didn't rate well AND it didn't have any kind of real fan base. Why on earth would NBC put so much energy and cash into this when they could instead properly promote their two fantastic comedies with massive fan bases? Everyone I've turned onto P&R likes it, and Community has wider appeal than it get's credit for, NBC just marketed it terribly to begin with and it never recovered.

  • L.O.V.E.

    This show just needs to die now, and it should improve Community's chance for renewal. Whether you thought (incorrectly) that this iteration of Community was a step down from previous episodes, its still better than 95% of the shite on TV.

  • dizzylucy

    Someone call animal control, NBC is beating a dead horse.
    Maybe they can retool it one more time and turn it into a game show.

  • Excellent news, now I don't have to bother. Maybe you had to be in a specific demographic but I loved this show. I sometimes laughed more during it than Parks. I loved it the first season, and as the 2nd went on and it smoothed out, I loved it again. The chemistry between Reagan, Chris, and Eva is what made the show work. Emily Spivey left, now Applegate (one of the producers) has left. It's time to let it go. And quite honestly the last episode showing Chris and Reagan's wedding (and the origin of Amy's name) was just fine for a series finale.

  • roodle

    oh of course! the only show i liked. although i would enjoy a spinoff with maya rudoplh and sean hayes. now THAT would be worth watching.

  • phase10

    They could just (gasp) straight up replace her ala Aunt Vivian or Becky.

  • Wicked

    I feel bad for Will Arnett, its like he never catches a break with his shows.

  • Tom

    I think they have decided that they value stars. They obviously still thought that this show had value because of Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph. If I remember correctly, the show was altered before it even aired because Maya Rudolph had been in "Bridesmaids" that summer and they thought she was a star.

    NBC's only comedy "hit" this season was Matthew Perry's show so I think they want to try to replicate that 10 times. Maybe Tony Danza is available.

  • Tony Danza is actually in a movie that JGL directed that's getting some buzz, so you might not actually be far off...

  • JH

    If watching Community last night proved anything it's that you don't mess with the formula. Community was damn near unwatchable and I can only imagine that the retooled Up All Night would be worse.

  • Kate

    Agree. It had it's moments, but a lot of it was way, way broader than Community's ever been before, and all the characters took a back-step as far as characterization goes.

    I really did go into it with an open mind, and for the first minute or two I was quite excited (they nailed the whole 'now we're a regular shitty sitcom' cold open and I was hoping they'd do the whole episode like that, just revealing at the end that it was all in Abed's head) but overall I was disappointed, and I really didn't want to be. I found myself getting distracted, especially during the Hunger Games stuff, whereas usually Community holds my attention 100%.

  • Nic Cage

    It was like every other episode from season 2 and 3

  • Wembley

    'every other episode from season 2 and 3'
    The even numbered episodes or the odd numbered episodes?

  • Nic Cage

    All the crazy ones like paintball, pillow fights, abed jesus movie

  • apsutter

    I liked Greendale Babies at least

  • A.) Why couldn't Maya Rudolph leave? I'm sorry, but I'm just not a big fan of hers. Then again, I was told I don't understand art/comedy because I hate Girls, so my opinion is not to be trusted.

    B.) You know...they could just say that Christina Applegate's character regenerated. Plain and simple, really. Works every time.

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