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.