NBC Orders Three More Episodes of 'Up All Night', Switches Show to Multi-Camera Format

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October 29th, 2012

NBC has ordered threee more episodes of low rated comedy Up All Night, bringing its total for its second season to 16, and, in a most unusual move, is switching the show from a single camera format to a multi-camera sitcom, reports Entertainment Weekly. Multi-camera shows, which are taped in front of a live studio audience, typically have lower physical production costs than single camera comedies.

According to Deadline, episode 11, which films next week, will be the last in the single camera format.  The show will Go On hiatus after the final single camera episode airs in December. The show will resume production in February. The multi-camera version of Up All Night will premiere in April or May.

This is yet another surprising development in a season that is perplexing our commenters and starving the Cancellation Bear.

 
  • capslocke

    i legit checked the calendar to make sure this wasn’t one of ur april fool’s day jokes

  • Name

    This show just never knew what it wanted to be from day 1. It had zero chance at succeeding because of that. And this isn’t going to work either. Thank you, network-meddling.

  • xwiseguyx

    Didn’t Happy Days switch from Single Camera to Multi-Format?

  • silvit

    @capslocke

    The newworks are a joke. :-)

  • Jared

    I doubt changing formats will really help in this case or bring new viewers to the series. What does NBC wish to accomplish??..lowering production costs??..I don’t get it.

  • Ultima

    @capslocke
    i legit checked the calendar to make sure this wasn’t one of ur april fool’s day jokes

    Wouldn’t the April fool be an article about NBC doing something logical and well-received? ;)

  • Oliver

    This is amazing.

  • Alanna

    They have already tinkered negatively with this show. First, Ava is a talk show host with a big diva attitude and now she just sits around at home? And instead of showing a working mom of a baby (which is fairly unique on TV right now), the Christina Applegate character plays a stay at home mom with a husband who works (which has been done countless times).

    This show has been played around with and tinkered too much. The current season is not funny. This latest move reeks of desperation. A really talented cast whom I love but just send it.

  • Tony JJ

    I wonder if this will be slotted after Whitney after Guys with Kids wraps up it’s season. (assuming it gets an order of a few more episodes)

  • Samunto

    That’s an interesting move but i think the show has some nice gags that would work better in a multi cam setting. It’ll be interesting to see how this goes.

  • Neil

    NBC are rebooting the reboot!

  • MDM

    Giant middle finger to Community. I’m guessing they sell it to Netflix and let them run the final season online.

  • Cyrax86

    I can’t wrap my head around this. But I guess NBC is just desperate with 30 Rock & The Office leaving…

  • Nick

    This will be paired with Guys With Kids come March/April and given 4 more episodes. Mark my words.

    This was a good show last season, but I have to admit, this season has not been too good. But maybe it’ll work as a multi-cam. If it somehow becomes extremely funny, which is possible with the cast, then it’s possible.

  • James

    One last ditch attempt to keep the show alive?

  • Brad

    WTF?

  • SJ

    Now this I gotta see, not because I like the show, but because I feel like this is one for the TV history books. And just when I was about to give up on it…

    Speaking of giving up on things, WHY does NBC want this show to work oh so desperately? They premiered it after AGT, they moved its time slots three times, retooled it at the beginning of this season, introduced new characters, let some of the old ones go, they put Applegate on SNL and it still gets no traction viewership or award-wise. So why do they still keep trying?

    Also, I’m betting the five multi-cam episodes of the season will air following the final episodes of The Office, to once again fully waste that show’s lead-in, however weak it may be.

    By the time UAN airs episode 11, 30 Rock will have aired episode 9, since they started two weeks later. I wonder if 30 Rock will air on its own on nights full of repeats in December or if they’ll pair it up with Parks and Rec in January for the final four episodes (assuming that P&R is indeed moving).

  • Brad

    @Nick

    I that is the reason why NBC is doing this to Up All Night. They believe in the cast, just not the format.

  • DuMont

    The producers should pitch an additional three episodes of ‘Animal Practice’ as a multi-cam to see if it can be revived. It would work on Friday nights better than Wednesdays.

  • SJ

    Oh wait, I just remembered they actually retooled the show after the original pilot by giving Maya Rudolph’s character more to do. So this latest retooling is actually the THIRD reboot for a show that has only been on the air for 13 months.

    Oh and yes, I also forgot about the freezing weather conditions for a split second and checked my calendar to see if April 1 had come early. :D

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