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‘Up All Night’ to Live On, For Mysterious Reasons

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The NBC sitcom Up All Night was pretty promising when it debuted last year: A very strong cast, led by Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph, all of them likable with a history of sitcom success. A decent premise- a couple adjusting to first time parenthood. It premiered to so-so ratings, but did well enough to gain a second season.

Here’s what happened since that second-season began: The series was abruptly pulled from NBC’s schedule, with the idea that it would be retooled as a multi-camera show. Creator Emily Spivey left. And then, last week, Applegate did too, throwing the series into further peril, since, you know, it’s about a married couple and she’s part of it.

So is the show cancelled? No! According to Deadline, the network plans to produce one episode of the series, without Applegate, and directed by TV legend James Burrows.

It’s unclear what form the show will take: Will Applegate’s character be killed off? Starting a sitcom episode with a main character’s death isn’t so funny, especially since there’s only a commitment to one more episode. Will the role be recast? Will the Applegate character just disappear with no acknowledgement?

I can see none of these scenarios succeeding, and I certainly don’t see the point in trying to salvage a series that, honestly, was never all that great to begin with.

I guess there’s one thing that could work: Move the show to USA and hire Rhonda Shear. 

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  2. “Here’s what happened since that second-season began: The series was abruptly pulled from NBC’s schedule, with the idea that it would be retooled as a multi-camera show. ”

    No, that’s not what happened since the second-season began. What happened was the second-season began and viewers asked: What the heck is this show?

    http://thirdestatesundayreview.blogspot.com/2012/12/tv-new-conformity.html

    It was the most backlash, anti-woman show in the world. Season one wasn’t that way. But defying logic (because daytime TV doesn’t work like night TV) it starts in the fall with the news that the TV show Ava just got the axe. Maya and Christina are out of work.

    That’s not the show we watched in season one.

    And guess what? Christina’s going to stay home with the kid.

    Not the show we watched in season one.

    And Chris (Will) is going back to work because the family needs money but he decides not to go back to his job as a high paid attorney but instead to go into construction.

    That’s not the show we watched in season one.

    And look, a new cast member, an ugly and unfunny man who looks like he belongs as a second banana on a Tim Allen show is playing Christina’s brother and Will’s roll dog.

    It was not funny.

    Season two sucked. It was anti-woman and I don’t give a damn about any of the cast — including Applegate — after the betrayed the show and the characters that way.

    Also, only Christina’s had success in sitcoms. Arnett was third bananan on Arrested Development. He was the star of the epic fail Running Wilde.

    MTW