Up All Night Will Switch to Traditional Multi-Cam Sitcom After Extended Winter Hiatus

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Up All Night a multi-cam sitcomNBC’s Up All Night is shifting comedic gears, converting from a single-camera comedy (à la Modern Family) to a traditional multi-cam sitcom (in the style of The Big Bang Theory) come spring 2013.

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Per our sister site Deadline, the sophomore series starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph will air the last of its single-cam installments aka Episode 11 sometime in December. The show will then go on an extended three-month winter hiatus as its sets are reconfigured to accommodate the multi-cam set-up.

Production will resume in February on five multi-camera episodes — to be taped in front of a live studio audience — boosting the Season 2 total to 16 half-hours.

Deadline says the idea for the switch came from Up All Night exec producer/Saturday Night Live overlord Lorne Michaels, “who was looking for a way to infuse the show with more energy” and got the idea after seeing both Applegate and Rudolph’s most recent SNL hosting appearances.

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Comments (105)

  • This is literally the worst idea I’ve heard in months. This show isn’t awful, but it’s not great either, which is why I stopped watching. I just don’t care. I was planning on watching a marathon someday midseason, but with this latest news, they’ve basically just sealed the nail in the coffin. Officially deleting this from my DVR. Horrible horrible idea.

    Comment by YowzaPowza – October 29, 2012 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHAT THE HELL?!?! I will NOT watch this show with laugh track. gross.

    Comment by chelsea – October 29, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show, don’t think think this will help.

    Comment by JB Smooove – October 29, 2012 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have never commented on a story before but this is a HORRIBLE idea. I HATE multi-camera shows! I do not watch any that are on TV today. PLEASE CANCEL THIS IDEA!

    Comment by Chris Wieneke – October 29, 2012 09:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The cast in this show is amazing and it’s sad that they have to be on such a BORING show.

    Comment by Emilia – October 30, 2012 03:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC sold their souls for Friends and haven’t had a hit since. NBC:hit shows as Cubs:WorldSeries

    Comment by Mely – October 30, 2012 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This doesn’t sound like good news to me, at all. I love Up All Night – and I’m not happy about these ‘changes’.

    Comment by Mike – October 30, 2012 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • UP ALL NIGHT is in dire need for a revamp. Ever since they started to write around Maya Rudolph instead of Applegate and Arnett, the show went downhill. It was way funnier when they had a TV show to produce rather than just hang out. The new addition of the brother as a roommate adds nothing. NOT A THING. He’s not exactly easy on the eyes, either.

    Give AVA a new show! 86 the brother! Make it a show-within-a-show, that’s way funnier than whatever you’re trying to do right now. I used to really like it and think Arnett is great in this.

    Comment by Fan X – October 31, 2012 07:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the show went downhill as soon as they introduced the brother…. Does he have to be in every episode?

    Comment by Adea – December 14, 2012 06:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I actually think Up All Night is very funny. I’m a bit fan of single camera sitcoms, so this announcement is extremely disappointing.

    Comment by Alex – January 6, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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