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'Up All Night' Creator Emily Spivey Finds a New Home at Fox

Emily Spivey, the creator of NBC's troubled sitcom Up All Night who left the show last month, has already found a new gig at Fox. Spivey signed a  two-year deal with 20th Century Fox to develop new series and work on existing Fox shows. The deal brings Spivey home to Fox, where she began her career as a writer for MADtv and King of the Hill in 2001 before spending a decade on Saturday Night Live. Her first assignment at Fox is to serve as co-executive producer on the upcoming animated series Murder Police, which has an order for a 13-episode first season. The show [...]

Top Female TV Producers Discuss the Funniness Potential of Penises and Vaginas

Deadline gathered Jessika Borsiczky (House of Lies), Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory), Elizabeth Meriwether (New Girl), and Emily Spivey (Up All Night) together to discuss the standard "important" questions about women in comedy they are often asked to discuss. However, at the end they got to what's really important by asking which is funnier penises or vaginas:

Up All Night Recap: "Working Late and Working It"

One of the benefits of Up All Night's cast and crew being full of TV veterans is that they can call on their friends and colleagues to drop by every now and then to spice things up. Last night’s episode featured appearances by Will Forte and The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone, both of whom worked on SNL with Up All Night producer Lorne Michaels, creator Emily Spivey, and star Maya Rudolph. (Forte also co-starred with Will Arnett in The Brothers Solomon.) Up All Night's three-person cast is extremely tiny — smaller than any network sitcom in recent memory*, and because of this, guest turns by comedy stars like Forte [...]

What's Going On with 'Up All Night?'

The creator of NBC's troubled sitcom Up All Night, Emily Spivey, has just left the show in the midst of a massive creative revamp by the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR doesn't give a reason for Spivey's departure, but it comes during a turbulent season full of network retooling for Up All Night, which stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph. In October, NBC put the series on a three-month hiatus in order to convert it from a single-camera to a multi-camera show with a live audience – a rare, almost unprecedented move for a sitcom to make midway through its run. On top [...]

Top Comedy Showrunners Just Doing Some Roundtabling

The Hollywood Reporter brought together showrunners Carter Bays (How I Met Your Mother), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), Paul Lieberstein (The Office), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), and Emily Spivey (Up All Night) to have a roundtable discussion. (Though, the gang actually shared three roundtables. Also, for some reason they were arranged by who did or did not wear glasses.) They address all the many stresses of the job, like deciding on pen color:

Liz Meriwether: I was unprepared for the leadership; people are looking to you for everything, and you’re pretending to be an expert on, say, props. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I haven’t had a baby.

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Pre-Upfronts Buzz Suggests NBC's Female Comedy Block May Be a Go

Vulture has an Upfronts Week buzz round-up to get you psyched for the announcement of a slew of new shows (Tim Allen sitcom, anyone?), as well as the possibility of an NBC female comedy night. "As for the rest of NBC's pickups, the trades suggest a female-centric comedy block could be in the works, with sitcoms produced by Chelsea Handler and Emily Spivey supposedly looking good," they note. Deadline reported the night of a 1,000 lady comedians might fall midweek, and may also include the heretofore unnamed Whitney Cummings and Kari Lizer pilots. This is, of course, not including any of the returning female-lead comedies currently [...]

Jim Carrey Is Stealing an Armored Car for Lorne Michaels

Jim Carrey is in negotiations to star in a new comedy called Loomis Fargo, based on a real-life armored car heist, for producer Lorne Michaels and director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). The movie is based on the Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery, a 1997 heist pulled off by a group of armored car guards in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carrey would play the gang's ex-military leader. Past drafts of the script have been written by Eastbound & Down duo Jody Hill and Danny McBride, as well as Up All Night creator Emily Spivey, but the draft Carrey and Hess are working from was penned by Chris Bowman and Hubbel [...]

Up All Night Recap: "First Night Away"

After taking a few weeks to finding its strengths and work out the kinks, Up All Night is hitting a mid-first season stride, with last night’s episode becoming the latest in a string of solid episodes that have improved significantly from where the show started. The biggest issue the show’s had is that Maya Rudolph’s character Ava, whose role in Up All Night was beefed up in response to the overwhelming success of Bridesmaids, spends most episodes in her own plotline that feel like an entirely different show from the one Reagan and Chris are in. Maya Rudolph was once again confined to her own storyline in “First Time [...]