A major house cleaning is underway at NBC.
The network has axed 1600 Penn, Guys With Kids, Up All Night and Whitney — with more cancellations expected later today.
They join previously cancelled Peacock series Deception, Animal Practice and Do No Harm.
TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect Thursday’s bloodbath.
Which cancellation are you more bummed about?!
It looks like we may have already seen the final episode of NBC’s comedy series Up All Night. The network’s plans to revamp the modestly rated single-camera sophomore as a multi-camera were dealt a major blow late last week when star Christina Applegate departed the project. After originally planning five multi-camera episodes to close out the season, NBC early this week trimmed that scenario to one episode, without Applegate, to be helmed by uber multi-camera director James Burrows. Now I hear that episode is being scrapped too. Sources point to problems with the talent — I hear at least one of Up All Night‘s two remaining stars, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, told the network they were uncomfortable going forward with the series which, in addition to Applegate, recently lost its creator, Emily Spivey. The talk about a possible replacement for Applegate (Lisa Kudrow was a name that emerged early on) never went anywhere.
But as crucial for the demise of the show if not even more so were problems with the concept. When production on the single-camera version was shut down after 11 episodes the first week of November, it was supposed to be for a three-month hiatus, followed by the taping of five multi-camera episodes. But as speculation swirled last month about what the new Up All Night might look like, NBC had not settled on a concept yet. As of mid-February, the show’s writing team is still working on scripts and the concept is still being tinkered with. With The Office, Parks & Recreation and Community performing the best among NBC’s comedies and at least two, The Office and 30 Rock, departing this season, the rumor was that Up All Night, originally a show about parenting, would transform into a workplace comedy. The show’s search for a new identity certainly was not helped by the heavy behind-the-scenes turnover. Linda Wallem, who oversees the multi-camera version, is Up All Night’s third showrunner following Jon Pollack and Tucker Cawley. Up All Night creator/executive producer Spivey left the show last month. While I hear Up All Night is not officially dead and NBC is still mulling potential scenarios while holding the cast, the hopes of continuing it are fading quickly. In a sign that the show is likely over, I hear NBC offered Rudolph a part in one of its highest-profile pilots for next year, the Victor Fresco comedy starring Sean Hayes, which is directed by Burrows. It is one of four muti-camera pilots Burrows is directing this season, along with three at CBS (Friends With Better Lives and untitled Greg Garcia and Tad Quill). Arnett too has been getting a ton of interest for pilots over the past week, mostly from ABC and CBS as well as cable networks.
NBC might want to consider putting Up All Night to sleep.
Christina Applegate has decided to exit the series, which is in the midst of a major revamp, Deadline reports.
“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,” Applegate said in a statement. “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.”
The news comes just weeks after series creator Emily Spivey departed the series over creative differences.
As reported in October, the single-camera series is switching to the more traditional multi-cam format (à la The Big Bang Theory) following a three-month winter hiatus. Production on five additional episodes shot in front of a live studio audience was scheduled to begin this month, bringing Season 2′s total to 16 half-hours.
Per Deadline, NBC is still moving ahead with the series with Friends alum Lisa Kudrow being eyed as a possible Applegate replacement. However, the actress’ producing partner, Dan Bucatinsky, denied that piece of the story on Twitter, maintaining it’s “no true” that Kudrow might succeed Applegate.
NBC’s Up All Night will halt production next week and return next spring as a multi-camera comedy filmed in front of a live audience, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The show will take a three-month break after wrapping production on its 11th episode next week, in order to convert the stage and set to the new format, NBC said Monday. The existing episodes will air into December, and production will resume in February. The remaining five episodes of the 16-episode season will be in the multi-camera format and will air beginning in April or May, according to NBC.
All of the cast members and producers, including executive producer Lorne Michaels, are on board with the changes, according to NBC. Showrunner Tucker Cawley’s resume includes multi-camera comedies like Everybody Loves Raymond.
“This was an idea we and Lorne came to in order to infuse the show with more energy,” NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. “We know what the multi-camera audience does for the live episodes of 30 Rock, plus after seeing both Maya [Rudolph] and Christina [Applegate] 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. We think we can make a seamless tradition to the new format.”
What do you think of the change?
Up All Night is hosting a Bluth family reunion!
Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale is heading to the NBC comedy to reunite with his former TV brother Will Arnett, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Hale will play Dr. Welborn, Reagan’s (Christina Applegate) dentist. Dr. Welborn is always super flirty with Reagan and boosts her ego after she’s called “ma’am” by a bunch of twentysomething hipsters.
The 42-year-old actor is best-known for playing Buster Bluth opposite Arnett’s Gob Bluth. Hale’s other credits include Veep and Chuck, along with a guest spot on Applegate’s Samantha Who? where he played a doctor who hit on her. Both Hale and Arnett will reprise their Development roles in the new season of the show coming soon to Netflix.
Up All Night airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC. Hale’s episode, titled “Ma’am’d,” is slated to air Oct. 25.