As originally produced, Up All Night had the characters played by Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph working at a public relations firm, and a chunk of the pilot revolved around them lobbying to land a new, heartthrob actor client (played by Modern Family‘s Reid Ewing). But now, perhaps because of the big buzz Rudolph’s Bridesmaids courted at the movieplex this summer, “We decided to change the workplace all together, to give Maya a better platform to do her thing,” NBC boss Robert Greenblatt revealed to reporters on Monday.
The result: Instead of playing an ambitious, hard-partying flack, Rudolph’s Ava is now “a larger-than-life talk show host, and Christina will play her producer.” Specifically, Ava will host an inspirational daytime talker in the vein of Oprah — someone whom Rudolph famously spoofed on SNL.
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Explaining the switch-up, exec producer Lorne Michaels says that only “the office part” of the show will change, because the dynamic between [Reagan and Ava] is less partners in a business, because they each have their roles. It’s more thought-through.”
Up All Night will air Wednesdays at 8/7c, starting Sept. 21, after getting a sneak preview Sept. 14 at 10 pm.