According to THR, NBC is “strongly considering abandoning” their attempts to keep Up All Night alive.
After poor season two ratings, the peacock network decided to try to rework the single camera comedy into a traditional multi-camera sitcom. Since that time, show creator Emily Spivey, showrunner Tucker Cawley, and star Christina Applegate have all left the show.
NBC cut the remaining episode order from five installments to just one — as a test starring only Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph. Now, they’re not even going to make that. But, both stars are still under contract for Up All Night.
Word is however that Arnett is ready to move on, is being courted for a Greg Garcia comedy on CBS, and ABC is interested in him as well.
Rudolph has told NBC that she is pregnant with her fourth child and apparently she’s being courted for new shows as well — including a high-profile project from the peacock network.
Though NBC hasn’t officially said that Up All Night has been cancelled, there seems to be little reason to save it.
It’s never been a ratings success and is the network’s lowest-rated scripted series. The sitcom’s dismal demo matches that of already-cancelled Animal Practice and has even worse viewership. It’s hard to believe that NBC has put this much work into trying to keep it going.
What do you think? Should NBC just “stick a fork in it” and call this show “done?” Will you be sad to see it go?