Will Arnett Signs Onto a CBS Pilot, Putting Another Nail Into ‘Up All Night’s Coffin
Will Arnett has been cast as the lead in a new CBS pilot from creator Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope), which is just another sign that his NBC sitcom Up All Night is dead. The CBS show is an untitled multi-camera comedy that will star Arnett as a recently-divorced guy whose parents decide to move in with him. The pilot is being written by Garcia and directed by TV legend James Burrows. The show is in second position for Arnett, meaning that if NBC for some reason decides to renew Up All Night, he’ll have to remain on that show/network. Up All Night continuing seems unlikely, considering that – in the wake of star Christina Applegate’s departure – the network is close to abandoning plans to retool it into a multi-camera show. NBC’s also trying to plug Up All Night star Maya Rudolph into Sean Hayes and Victor Fresco’s pilot, so it looks like all three of the show’s leads are moving on. Hopefully, when Will Arnett’s new CBS show is on the air this fall, NBC will finally be able to admit that they’ve canceled Up All Night.