NBC acknowledges the major changes to “Up All Night” — converting the show to a live-audience, multi-camera comedy under a new showrunner — are a gamble, but it’s one the network is willing to take.
The show suffered another blow Saturday (Jan. 5) when creator Emily Spivey departed, but NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke says the network still wants to work with stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph.
“There’s a lot of thought that went into all of that, and conversation with all the talent involved,” Salke said Sunday at the TCA winter press tour. “That was a show that wasn’t performing the way we needed it to. We are not fools — we know that that talented cast of actors, they’re not growing on trees. They still felt like there were stories to tell in that world, and were collectively really passionate about continuing to tell them, as well as [executive producer] Lorne Michaels and that group.”
Salke also says the actors were feeling “a little tied down” in “Up All Night’s” single-camera format, and they and NBC agreed that going in front of a live audience was a way to open them up.
“It’s a bit of an experiment — they would all tell you that as well,” Salke says. “But we think it’s really worth [trying], and we’re all really excited about what they’re talking about and how passionate they are about doing it.”
“Up All Night” will return to NBC in the spring.