Christina Applegate Leaving 'Up All Night'

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February 8th, 2013

Up All Night is switching formats from single-camera to multi-camera. The series has also changed showrunners multiple times. Now the show will have to recast. The series star Christina Applegate has decided to leave the show, Deadline reports. NBC is allegedly still determined to proceed with the show, which has yet to film any of its multi-camera episodes, and is considering Lisa Kudrow as a replacement for Applegate. May we humbly suggest that NBC think outside the box and consider recent Suburgatory guest star The Cancellation Bear for the role?

  • RB

    Dead show walking!

  • Issy

    Up All Night is better not only better off without Applegate but better off being a multi-cam. They should make the show more like Guys with Kids.

    I think Up All Night can be a big show but they do need to get someone like Lisa Kudrow in there to get people to sample it.

  • Dan

    @Carmen – Thats the same for this show, the baby was really only used when needed if anything. Some episodes focus on their parenting but Up All Night’s first season was mostly about Ava’s talkshow. The show didn’t fail because of the fact it centered around parents raising a baby the show failed for two reasons.

    1) NBC’s Thursday block is all around low rated besides the long running Office which is ending and Parks. In the 8:00 hour especially and airing after the lowest rated but now ended 30 Rock, Up All Night never really stood a chance.

    2) The biggest problem, and one that most shows have is that the creator/showrunner/NBC had no idea what direction the show should go in. It was originally about 2 PR executives 1 of which raising her new baby. Then when that didn’t work out the series became about a new mother raising a baby with her husband while being a producer to her friends talk show. THis premise was OK but became shaky around the second half of its first season. Then it was changed again to a worse premise of the talk show being cancelled and now the mother staying home while her husband and brother started a business together. When this clearly didn’t work out now they wanted to change the format and now replacing the actress.

    When a show retools itself and is still low rated, this is when networks finally get the hint and cancel the show. Sometimes retooling works, a lot of times it doesnt.

  • jel

    Maybe they should hold the retool for the fall, kill of xtina’s character and call it Reagan’s Family: The Brinkleys, and have them move to england. Bring in Malin Ackerman as her british 3rd cousin who is obsessed with aliens. Then in season 4 they can move back to the US, maybe Roswell , NM . . . and it could turn into a light comedic take remake of the x-files, and they can go back to the original title sort of and call it Up All Night 2: UFO Hunters. By then they will have 4 seasons and enough episodes for syndication.

    Seriously, this is such a crap storm, they need to write a book about it. What and ending! The star of the show quits on the eve of the 3rd ot 4th retool, essentially leaving the once promising show for dead.

  • RG-X

    Just cancel it then, NBC / oh a different person plays the same charachter – lame!

  • glen

    I can see them recasting the role if it were a hit show (they wouldn’t want the show to have to end) but at this stage why not just put the show out of it’s misery.

  • 7even

    They can just retool the show altogether and rename it.

    They should just wait until the fall to premiere it that way they have more time to think about what direction they want to go in for the reboot and get the cast together.

    In the meantime they can just order 5 episodes of Guys with Kids in its place to finish the season.

  • Dan

    @7even – It’s too late, If NBC is going to invest in a show or the fall it needs to be a new Pilot and not a rebooted Up All Night that no one will watch. The show is dead, and NBC needs to move on.

    They won’t be ordering anymore Guys With Kids, the show has wrapped production and will air it’s season finale on February 27. NBC does have Save Me as a replacement.

  • A.C.

    Bring back SAMANTHA WHO!

  • Dan

    So if Christina Applegate’s history is any indication

    Samantha Who – 2 Seasons, 35 episodes, considered multi camera for the next season, cancelled

    Up All Night – 2 Seasons, 35 episodes, considered multi camera for the next batch of episodes, cancelled?

  • Bill Gorman

    “So if Christina Applegate’s history is any indication

    Samantha Who – 2 Seasons, 35 episodes, considered multi camera for the next season, cancelled

    Up All Night – 2 Seasons, 35 episodes, considered multi camera for the next batch of episodes, cancelled?”

    I like it!

  • Fred

    When Valerie Harper left her namesake show in the 80’s it was a moderate NBC hit. Sandy Duncan took over and the showrunners changed the name to The Hogan Family.

    More recently, when Charlie Sheen exited CBS’s Two and Half Men, the show was a massive hit. Still one of the biggest sitcoms on the air today.

    Up All Night was never close to being a hit. How and why would NBC move forward with such a show. NBC already ordered changes to no avail. What makes NBC think a third tinkering WITHOUT the main star would work this time?

  • song cry

    @ Dan

    I highly disagree, NBC is going out of there way to make this show happen so whose to say that they aren’t going to air it plus you don’t really know what the plan is on GWK either you’re just guessing like the rest of us.

    Christina Applegate started off in multi-cams and was good on SNL earlier in the year, does she not understand that her calling is multi-cams. I guess she’s just gonna keep bombing out in these single-cams like Matthew Perry.

  • Dan

    @Song Cry – You’re right that I don’t know the plan for Guys With Kids. There’s no definite indication that it will be cancelled (Its ratings are crap but then again its in the same boat as Whitney and Chelsea from last season) but NBC has a lot of Pilots that they could cancel it in favor for. I;m just saying that while its finishing up February 27, its more likely NBC will dump it to try something else but they could surprise us and renew it

    However with Up All Night, while NBC likes the premise the ratings just arent good enough to justify a third season, or anymore episodes. Christina Applegate realized that all of these changes really isn’t what she wanted for the show’s original direction so if she does Multi camera in the future it would be an entirely different show. Like Fred mentioned Two and a Half Men was different because it already had a syndication deal, and was extremely highly rated (It still is after 10 years). CBS couldn’t not save that show but Up All Night makes no money so there’s no point in saving it.

    Don’t get me wrong I liked Up All Night but the retooling twice and the rumor of switch to multi camera made the series harder to follow. I like Guys With Kids but NBC will have to decide by May if GWK is profitable enough to make a gamble for a second season. They tried it with Whitney and that paid off sort of.

    @Bill – History does seem to repeat itself and I expect NBC to announce Up All Night’s cancellation within the month. With all the turmoil it seems unlikely that NBC would put this show back in production and replace Christina Applegate with Lisa Kudrow.

  • @JoeyDavid

    I would watch it for Mia Rudolph, not Applegate, Mia is much more talented.

  • Rebecca

    They should just end it now and not film any more. Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett will get other work – Will has Arrested Development anyway. Good luck to the crew. They might be able to get onto some new pilots right now.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    Lisa is way better than this!! I hope she doesn’t accept. Also she’s doing Web Therapy.

  • tomsman

    Good for her. I’m surprised any of them lasted this long (contracts notwithstanding). I stopped watching after the fall re-tool. Canceling the Ava Show was the dumbest move. Reagan a stay at home mom? Adding the dumb ass brother to the cast was lame – especially reshooting the original opening to look exactly the same, but suddenly his face appearing in the shots. A new business? With THAT tool? Really? One of the things I missed about the new format is that the lead guy from “Do No Harm” wasn’t on UAN anymore – I loved his manic super sarcastic character. Christina and him played very well off each other and had a lot more chemistry than Arnett. Now they are both out of work… Hello, central casting?!

  • Justin121

    Even Raising Hope doesn’t count. It was barely renewed in year 1 (after the failure of Running Wild) and limped its way through syndication.

    Unless you consider average to marginal sitcoms that had the same “success story” as actual successes…

  • gd

    another comedic actress leaving, just kill the show when she leaves.
    another good show gone.

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