Christina Applegate Is Quitting the Disaster That Is Up All Night

Christina Applegate is not stupid. No siree. The star of NBC's Up All Night is now the ex-star of NBC's Up All Night, as she has decided to quit the show, according to Deadline Hollywood. Lisa Kudrow (Friends) is rumored to be a potential replacement. Have a fun time explaining that one, writers.

Good for Applegate, I say! The comedy was launched in 2011 with a fairly safe premise: Applegate and Will Arnett playing new parents in a single-camera comedy about the challenges of balancing a professional life with a new baby. It had a good cast, it had the tried-and-true-so-it-was-overtried-but-still-okay premise, and it bridged the gap between NBC's ideas of smart comedy and broad comedy.

And then NBC changed its mind.

Up All Night has undergone more transformations than a tweaky Gobot. Right after the pilot was filmed, NBC attempted to piggyback on the success of Bridesmaids and gave co-star Maya Rudolph a much bigger role, turning her character from a PR executive to the host of a major daytime talk show with Applegate's character her producer. When that didn't work, NBC decided to cut out the talk show and focus on more domestic stories. And in late October last year, NBC blew the whole thing up and decided to—in the middle of its season and during a multi-month hiatus—turn the show into a multi-camera comedy (none of those episodes have been filmed yet). Series creator and producer Emily Spivey left the show early this year, just the latest in a string of personnel changes the show has faced.

NBC, what the heck are you doing? Why don't you just kill the show? It wants to die. It's begging to die. "Kill me now," it pleads, having given up any hope of turning itself around. Passersby avert their eyes when they see it, children point and look at it in horror, and the stench is unbearable. Kill it. It's the humane thing to do. I know NBC wants the cast, but instead of stringing them along through a series of production makeovers, euthanize the show and develop a new show around the actors. If I were Applegate or Arnett, I'd take a job at Arby's before working with NBC again. I don't know if there are any contractual issues keeping Applegate from giving pilot season a shot, if there aren't, she'll be scooped up before the end of next week. And good for her, she deserves better than the career torture she's been through in the past two years.

On the plus side, if NBC does decide not to move forward with Up All Night, the chances will (slightly) increase that NBC's other comedies might live to see another season.




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This show was always slightly amusing. I think what was missing was focus on the child and on the problems living with and raising a child. Instead it mainly looked at the parents, and how they tried to maintain their previous life - which is part of the game, of course, but really not the main one.
Considering that so many much better shows had been killed already for much less reasons, I don't see many chances for this show to survive. But if it does, they could convert it into a Full House revival (mother died, but look who is coming in to help now - whatever they understand by the term "help" ...).
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I was perplex when I read this!
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Liked the show season 1. Not a must-see, but funny enough. Hated it the first few episodes season 2... Completely changed the somewhat fresh premise! Boo on NBC refusing to allow shows to find its natural, loyal audience and building to a strong show. It could've been funny had they been allowed to do what I'm sure the writers wanted to do.
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They should cancel it and use the cast and crew to make a whole new show. They have all the right actors on board to make something funny, they just need better writer's and a better show idea. I think NBC is just too financially invested to admit defeat but just can it and build something else.
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Yay for abandoning a sinking ship! Jason Isaacs FTW! ...wait...I wouldn't want him near this ill-fated show! D:
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I'm surprised it's lasted this long. In 2011 I watched the first 2 episodes and dropped it immediately. It was lame from the beginning.
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hope they cancel, then will arnett can be in something funny again
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How to start the next episode...
(Regan enters room)
Regan: Hey baby, like my new hairstyle?
Chris: Yeah, wow, you look like a completely new woman.
(Regan and Chris kiss which is interrrupted as Scott walks into the room)
Yeah, just cancel the show.
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She wouldn't leave if there wasn't anything waiting for her, would she?
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There's a lady with her priorities straight. Maybe she and the departed creator can figure out a new project.
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Rats deserting the sinking ship, and yeah, good choice Ms. Applegate, you can only retool something so much before it becomes a shadow of its former self... and in this case, that "so much" was actually once when they retooled the show from the pilot to the first season.

As for Lisa Kudrow taking over, she's a fun sitcom actress with a decent amount of range, but how would that even work? First off, she's pushing 50, not really believable to just having a baby, yet too young to be a grandmother. Second, she's not Christina Applegate nor is she anything like her in personality. Third, I thought she had a show coming up based on her Web Therapy.

Anyway, NBC should absolutely keep embarrassing itself by throwing money and notes at this disaster. More failures means more iron, says Lunchlady Doris. Keep proving NBC has worthless, passionless, visionless executives running the network.
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Yeah, time to kill the show. With all of these changes it can't possibly end well. The series creator must have known that and that was why she quit.
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I am looking forward to the new season when they start fighting space monsters and when Maya is turned into a vampire.
Oops. I guess I should've put the word spolier up their first. Sorry, y'all.
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I'll definitely be watching now!
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They could pull the same stunt they did with Darren on Bewitched and just substitute a new actress for the current one.
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The show had its moments moving between pretty good and crappy episodes but if Cristina Applegate quits then kill the show. They gave it a pretty good run, other shows are cancelled after just two episodes. As to Cristina she deserves better, I am sure that there is a good show for her out there.
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I say kill the show, but bring the three mains together again in a new show. Rudolph and Applegate married to each other this time, both professional women, not able to be home much. Their not quite perfect lives are interrupted when the ex-husband of one of the two is killed and leaves the care of his just pre-teen daughter up to Rudolph and Applegate. Hilarity ensues when the child-minding duties has to be done by the other's pre-op TV brother (Arnett).
Would anyone watch that ? Why not? All kinds of other crap gets produced.
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That's a better idea than most on NBC.
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I watched the show, mainly for Maya Rudolph but I also like Christina Applegate.. but I could live without it. it's only somewhat funny. I don't see how the show can go on if she leaves, I mean the show is about first time parents Chris and Reagen so there's no way they can logically continue if the fricken mom is suddenly gone unless she dies and then it's not a comedy anyway and there'd be no reason Maya Rudolph would still come around. so whatever. cancel it now and don't bother putting any time and money into it

this is what you get, NBC, for cancelling Best Friends Forever! YOU DOUCHEBAGS!
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Hey at least this boosts up community's renewal chances. I mean what comedies do they have left..Go On and Parks and Rec and Community...that's it
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Plus this drama going off they meed tge ratings
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Sory wrong article!
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I was one of those people who actually liked and watched the show from the pilot, and liked the way it was, last season.. and while I kinda hoped it would return to the original premise, how it was by the midseason; the endin of the show and mom returning home while dad returning work did not bother me that much either.. the single-camera vs multi-camera thingy is never really something I pay much attention to, and as I learned to ignore the laugh track anymore, I don't know what's the big deal about it.. so, up until now, it was OK.. but, wow, Applegate leaving? I agree with Tim, just cancel it already.. there is no, I mean absolutely no way, this could be explained, as this is a family show, revolving around a family and anything about the show can change but the members of the nucleus family.. Ava may leave, brother may leave (and I kinda liked his presence), the setting, the workline, anything may change but not the father-mother-daughter trio.. without Applegate, it is dead already.. pull the plug and spare the extras for anyshow with a more solid set-up.. and plase don't pull Kudrow into this mess either..
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The show was good the way it was and then they just kept messing with it (having Ava's show and good relationship end, adding Regan's brother, the husband working). And as much as I love and adore the cast I agree with Applegate. NBC really screwed the pooch with all this re-tooling.
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Awake forever lol!
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I don't see the point of leaving now considering it will be (almost certainly) gone in only a few episodes anyway. It's not as if leaving now will prevent the show from hurting her career. Might as well continue to pick up a check before it's gone...
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I guess it really just depends on how much value a person projects onto money. Seems in Applegates case, greenback collection was a secondary consideration over simply abandoning a sinking ship.
(I'm just guessing, really. For all I know there might've been a loophole in her contract that guarantees a payday either way)
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Why isn't "hire Dan Harmon to run it" one of the poll options?
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Oh God, so many missed opportunities with this one. The amazing casts must be bludgeoned with sub par writing at best and absolutely catastrphic at worst
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I really liked this show for a season although I missed the pilot. But since the redoing in season 2 it's been completely unwatchable. I wish they wouldn't have messed this 1 up so bad. But it does seem like Christina Applegate is the black mark of death for TV shows. between this, Jesse, and Samantha Who (which I actually liked), show that she's on just don't seem to go very well. Even when they're good something get screwed up
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maybe they'll turn it into a singing competition.
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sad for Cristina Applegate
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I liked up all night before the death of the ava show and the addition of the brother. afterword I laughed maybe once an episode and was largely just annoyed by the changes. I selected the last two options.
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This show was dismal from the outset. I couldn't believe it didn't rock my dead pool. Let it go people...
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Yo Tim, please review Vampire Diaries :)))
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Such a sad state of affairs. I really enjoyed the first season, I thought all 3 of the main characters (Rudolph, Applegate, and Arnett), were great. Haven't started watching episodes of the 2nd season, but by all accounts, all I've missed is a gigantic waste of my time. Sad to hear it, just axe it, and let the talent move onto better things.
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Ava's show was one of the funniest parts of Up All Night and they dropped that after the first season. Applegate, Arnett and Rudolph need to move on to better projects.
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Just let this show die!!
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At least a job at Arby's would have more upward mobility and you'd get seen by more people.
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PLEASE KILL THIS SHOW. Tim is right, it is literally begging to die. Pull the plug. Cut the cord. Will - get on your segway and don't look back.
I still don't see Community getting renewed. I want it to of course, but even NBC isn't that stupid; the show doesn't make them any money. Then again, NBC is that stupid so who knows.
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uh, this show was always "not good"...never felt authentic...very fake (great comic actors though)
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I was not going to watch when it switched to multi cam, and now I say just kill it, even though it wasn't perfect last night, I can almost see Community getting renewed, NBC can't cancel everything, with this and the failures of Do No Harm, Smash, 1600 Penn, so-so ratings of Go On and New Normal, and 30 Rock over and the The Office ending, NBC needs some shows.
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At this point, the show might as well ape the final glorious season of 'Til Death.
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Tim Surette, why won't you just shut up? You want to. I know it and you know it. Just shut up, pleaseeeee!

Anyhow, I liked the show because I thought it was funny, but without Applegate, I won't be bothered, even if it's really going to be Lisa Kudrow.
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Wow! Tim trashing NBC?! That's unheard of. :/
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NBC is off the wall. They deserve to be trashed.
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they really do deserve it
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Haven't you heard? Tim trashes everything :P
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NBC canceled Awake after only one season; that alone deserves at least 5 years trashing.
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It's funny that we often complain that networks don't do enough to try to save shows, but now that they have done all these things to make this show appealing, it doesn't feel right either. Sometimes the best thing to do is to put a show out of its misery. Except when the show is one that I like.
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I'd say they're trying to make it appaling rather than appealing ;)
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I wouldn't call messing with and rearranging a show's premise completely trying to save it :S I feel like NBC and ABC (who mistreated Apt 23) should've focused on things like: better promotion, not putting their shows on shitty nights, and airing their episodes in order
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Both Applegate and Arnett deserve better, so good on her for pushing back in light of these ridiculous changes. I've been longing to see Arnett in a good series since Arrested Development ended, and it's great that it'll be returning soon on Netflix, but a network needs to give him a series that would showcase his talents FAST. TV without Arnett is a sad place.
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This show was never funny in the first place. Christina made the right move.
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you know i was anticipating any bad news from NBC .. and here it is ..

as i said before .. NBC is on a role for failure
NBC is the new Lohan .. all they need now is bad drivers , drug users , and tit/vagina flashing ..
so get on it NBC
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the whole flashing comment now makes me want to watch more NBC programs
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#AwakeForever
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This is a major screw up. I'd run from a multi camera show, too. I didn't have any problem with Rudolph being a focus (because really, she didn't overshadow the main characters) but when you scare off the creator and co-star with your changes, you're dumb, and deserve what's next.
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I'm surprised Arnett hasn't left as well, then I wouldn't mind anymore, and just ignore the show completely.
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Oh, he's got to be on the phone with his agent right now trying to figure out a way out of this.
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Ha ha ha funny stuff
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