Christina Applegate Leaves ‘Up All Night’ Amidst Creative Changes

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Just a few months ago, some distressing news arrived for fans of the NBC series Up All Night as the producers had decided to make a big change in the middle of season 2. The single-camera comedy starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph was being retooled as a multi-camera show with a live audience.

NBC had said, “We know what the multi-camera audience does for the live episodes of 30 Rock, plus after seeing both Maya and Christina do SNL within the past few months, we knew we had the kind of performers — Will Arnett included — who love the reaction from a live audience.” Well it’s not going to be that simple, as the foundation of the series has been shaken even harder.

Deadline has word that Christina Applegate decided to leave the series (in the middle of the current second season) via Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Applegate herself made a statement, saying:

“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. 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.”

NBC has yet to comment on the situation, and that’s because they’re busy trying to figure out what to do about this debacle. Just last month, series creator and executive producer Emily Spivey left the series as well. The writing seems to be on the wall for Up All Night‘s cancellation.

While the series was still preparing to shoot the final five episodes of season 2 in front of a live audience, a new report says that they will only shoot one. In addition, producers aren’t sure what to do about Applegate’s immediate departure. There have been talks of having Friends star Lisa Kudrow replace Applegate, but such a drastic change for just one episode seems more troublesome than graceful.

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The best option would arguably be for writers to play with the medium by poking fun at the cast change and more – but it’s still not ideal, since the truth is lingering behind every joke. If anything, it’s upsetting that a show like Up All Night won’t get a proper send-off.

What was once a promising comedy series has now turned into a mess. While Up All Night never clicked with audiences enough to pull in massive ratings, it certainly doesn’t deserve such an unceremonious demise. Frankly, I feel bad for Will Arnett, who can’t seem to catch a break on TV since Arrested Development was canceled years ago. Thankfully, that series is coming back in May and should be a welcome avenue for the actor.


It’s not clear when Up All Night will return but stay tuned for updates.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Good, perhaps now she’ll get back in the kitchen where women should be.

    Cook,Clean and open your legs for a man. Thats what you were created to do.

    • LOL I thought that was completely offensive and was about to hate on you but then I read your avatar name. You go Al Bundy!

    • Nice!

    • I do not see any women opening their legs for a air head like you

  2. I watched a few minutes of Up All Night once. Didn’t feel particularely inclined to watch it any more. I like the lead stars (Christina Applegate’s SNL episode was one of the rare ones where I liked most of the sketches), but I was not too impressed…

  3. On the heels of cancellation news about Ben and Kate, Don’t Trust the B in Apt.23, and questionable talk about Happy Endings this just freaking sucks it feels like there’s a personal attack on my favorite shows

    • I know what you mean. I personally was just getting into Ben & Kate and I love Up all Night so with Applegate leaving this pretty much cancels the show itself because it won’t be the same without her.

  4. I love Christina Applegate.

  5. Some say they enjoyed the departure from the Eva show from the first season, but I have to admit the talk show within a show really worked and there was always something lacking in the second season. Additions of the brother and old college roommate didnt fill the void very well. Def had high hopes for the show, but looking forward to seeing arnett as job in the near future.

  6. The second season was awful, and it smacks of executive meddling and Spivey not having the spine to shepard her show through it. The baby didn’t even fit into the plotlines, it just became a show about two unappealing people trying to pretend they didn’t have a kid. Awful.

  7. I really liked the first season. As for the second one, the episodes have built up on my queue. It just didn’t click with me. Christina Applegate is usually much more funny than she has been in the few episodes I’ve watched in the second season. I’d like to see her return to the big screen. I do enjoy Will Arnett on television and hope that he continues to try to find a long running sitcom…or maybe Netflix will revive Running Wilde too.

  8. Changing the format of this show is a pretty terrible idea and IMO shows what NBC thinks of there viewers. Either they think they’re so blindly loyal that they’ll watch anything they put on air or that they’re to stupid to follow the shows original format. I’m sure as always that it’s just cheaper to produce a show filmed in studio but once again this is just another terrible idea from a network that has become more associated with said terrible ideas than shows worth watching.

  9. NBC keeps getting worse and worse.

  10. NBC finds a way to under-support or overthink all of their decent shows. ‘Awake’ was really good, but that 10:00pm time slot is a death-knell for shows that you should be paying any attention to at all. I’m sure they will be able to successfully crush ‘Go On’ very soon…

  11. never seen the show. but I dont feel bad for will arnet, last I checked, he was eating better than me.

  12. I love sarcasm and dark comedy-like jokes. I LOVE Maya Rudolph and I think how she wenr about with such an uppety personnality, being seemingly unconcious about her own cookiness and strange ways was pretty hilarious. That show, with Christina and Will fumbling around all the time, portraying the realities of being a parent and the never talked about obsessions we have of living up to social norms of parenthood was just genius! It’s one of the only shows that had me laughing hysterically the whole time. Few shows do… Except for King Of Queens or Parks and Rec.
    Sad to see the shift, but I’m sure Maya and Will will hold it together, if it hasn’t been cancelled already.

  13. The first season was hilarious, but the second season wasn’t good, they didn’t know what to do with Eva, they added “the brother”, completely unnecessary character, and I don’t think people felt related to the new story lines. I stopped enjoying this show since the second season started.

  14. How can she quite the show, don’t have contracts to prevent actors from leaving the show and leave everyone hanging, something does not make sense here there is something going on behind close doors and they are not telling us.

  15. I Cant believe she was so selfish it was a great show and always was funny what a pitty! Well i wish Lorne Micheals all the best and maybe a lesson learnt on who not too cast in a female lead role future producers!

    • selfish? The network changed the format. The creator of the show left, so the writing wouldn’t be the same. I think she made the correct decision by leaving.

  16. I’ve been waiting for new episodes for months! Then I just saw a commercial for a new will arnette series & my stomach dropped…I knew then…damn! I loved that show! Why would christine leave in the middle of a series? Trying not to judge but that sounds unprofessional and diva-like. Ok, you don’t like the live audience multi camera thing…but leaving in the middle? Be a pro & finish what you started! You don’t have to like it but the fans who supported her deserve better! She couldn’t stick it out for 5 episodes? Then id respect her decision to leave such a great show if lve audience wasn’t her thing….so disappointed! The show deserved a better ending than a missing wife to will’s character! Who do you wrap that up if at all?must be some damn good writing to make that work!