The NBC comedy Up All Night continues to live on despite star Christina Applegate leaving the show last week. The comedy about a family with a working mom that has to return to work has not done well in the ratings since it premiered in 2011 and the departure of Applegate isn’t going to do much to help that problem for the network. Applegate cited creative differences with the shows producers as the reason she was leaving the show which to me means that she has a creative difference with her role being minimized as there are rumors of the show shifting focus to the Oprah-like character played by Saturday Night Live veteran Maya Rudolph. The show’s creator, Emily Spivey, already left the show last month because she wasn’t happy about the direction the show was taking. Up All Night is also being revamped from a single-camera set-up in to a multi-camera comedy. NBC is giving the show one multi-camera episode as an experiment to see what happens.
What’s my take on this (since you all come here to read what I think)? Well, you don’t have to be a genius (which I am) to see the writing on the wall for Up All Night. I’m not sure why NBC has hooked this show to life support when the humane thing would be to pull the plug. Will Arnett will be reprising his role as Gob Bluth in Arrested Development starting in May and Maya Rudolph, someone I have said is one of the funniest women on TV, is too talented to waste her time in a show that the network isn’t fully committed to. Look for NBC to pull the plug on Up All Night after they try their multi-camera experiment. The show is already dead, NBC just hasn’t gone through the stages of grieving yet to be able to admit it.