A couple weeks ago, Christina Applegate announced that she had decided to part ways with “Up All Night” after the show took a creative turn from taping as a single-camera show to filming in front of a studio audience.
Since then, it’s been up in the air whether this mild ratings hit for NBC would continue on. There was talk of recasting Applegate, maybe writing her character out with some explanation as to her absence. The creator of the show, Emily Spivey, left the show back in January. The show seemed to be crumbling apart, but NBC claimed they were soldiering on.
Then Maya Rudolph announced she was pregnant with her fourth child with husband/director Paul Thomas Anderson. Could they write the pregnancy into the show if production continued? Or would they have to hide Maya’s pregnancy behind various props like a really high couch or laundry baskets and such?
Well, it sounds like NBC won’t have to worry about any of that, as Will Arnett just signed to do a new untitled pilot for CBS from “Raising Hope”/”My Name is Earl” creator Greg Garcia. That pretty much dooms “Up All Night,” though if NBC does decide to pick it up, Arnett will have to ankle the CBS show (if it even gets picked up), as he is still under contract for “Up All Night.” An amusing note – the character he is to play on the pilot is that of a recently divorced man.
Interesting fact: “Raising Hope” was originally scheduled with “Running Wilde,” which also starred Will Arnett and was sorely under-marketed. Wilde was ridiculously funny with layer upon layer of jokes and hilarity.
Were you a fan of “Up All Night” or “Running Wilde”? What are your thoughts on the turn of events?
UPDATE: “Up All Night” creator Emily Spivey just signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.