NBC is literally doing just about everything that it can to save “Up All Night,” having already opted to switch the show to a multi-camera format to accommodate the talents of Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph in front of a live audience; and now, they are also making a few enormous changes behind the scenes of the show.
Not long after they showrunner for the series was replaced, Deadline is reporting now that creator Emily Spivey is also exiting, which makes this the second NBC comedy in the past year (following the “Community” – Dan Harmon fiasco) to lose the person responsible for creating the show. So where does this take the series now? The answer appears to be rather simple: firmly into the hands of new showrunner Linda Wallen (“Nurse Jackie”). Lorne Michaels is still on board the project as an executive producer, and he was one of the people behind the move after having Applegate host “Saturday Night Live” a little bit earlier on in the fall.
“Up All Night” will once again be a part of the Thursday-night comedy block moving forward in the spring, though it will actually follow the new “Community” (led by David Guarascio and Moses Port) beginning on February 7. It has a very steep road to climb in its new format, and we personally do not think NBC will renew the show for a third season (especially since getting to a season 3 is almost a guarantee of a season 4 for syndication purposes) unless it is absolutely sure there is a reason for optimism here.
Do you think that all of these changes are going to end up saving “Up All Night” as a show? Be sure to share some of your thoughts with a comment below! If you want to read some more news on the show’s move into a sitcom, you can do so over at the link here.