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Talking to Matt Braunger About ‘Up All Night,’ 15-Minute Podcasting, and Making Standup Personal

Few things are funnier to Matt Braunger than a good old-fashioned dumb joke. That’s why his favorite six-second Vine video features him tucking his shirt into his underwear, and why he beams with delight as he belts out a made-up Inception theme song (“Girl, it’s a dream inside a dream inside a dream inside a dream…”). His high-energy 2012 special, Shovel Fighter, teems with silly moments like these, punctuating his commentary on the gender politics of strip-club etiquette and tales of acid-laden pub-crawling.

Raised in Portland and trained in Chicago’s improv and standup scenes, Braunger has landed gigs on Up All Night, Pushing Daisies, United States of Tara and the last [...]

NBC, ABC, and Fox Pursue Maya Rudolph for a Variety Show

Now that NBC's Up All Night seems to be dead in the wake of star Christina Applegate's departure, the other cast members are pursuing new TV jobs. Will Arnett signed onto a CBS pilot from Greg Garcia, but Maya Rudolph looks to be avoiding the sitcom route altogether. Deadline reports that Rudolph has turned down five sitcom pilot offers and instead wants to star in a network variety show. Fox, ABC, and NBC are all reportedly interested. Rudolph, the daughter of soul singer Minnie Ripperton, is also a singer herself. Before landing a gig as an SNL castmember in 2000, she worked  as a backing singer [...]

NBC Will Probably Just Cancel 'Up All Night'

NBC is "strongly considering abandoning" plans to reboot its struggling sitcom Up All Night, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The network has yet to officially cancel the show following the departure of its showrunner, creator, and most recently, star Christina Applegate, all in the wake of NBC's decision to turn the show from a single-camera comedy to a multi-cam one taped in front of a live audience. The season's remaining order of five episodes was trimmed to one last week, but Deadline reports that one episode is being scrapped too. THR says the show's writing staff is looking for new jobs and [...]

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 [...]

NBC Thursday Sitcom Recaps: Liz Gets Married & More!

Last night's lineup was all about overcoming what Leslie Knope calls "totally legitimate prejudices," whether that be those against cheesy parents, the "Industrial Wedding Complex," secretly gay husbands, murder plots, and those damn snobs up in Eagleton. The night also included cameos from Tony Bennett, Brad Hall, Dan Castellaneta, and Splitsider friend and contributor Chris Gethard. Oh, and Liz Lemon got married, Up All Night returned with its strongest episode yet this season, and two shows at one point make fun of jazz.

NBC Cancels Half of Its Comedies

After announcing today that they've picked up three new comedies for the fall and renewed Parks and Recreation for a sixth season, NBC officially canceled four of its current sitcoms: freshman series Guys with Kids and 1600 Penn and sophomores Up All Night and Whitney. Up All Night was as good as canceled anyway after Christina Applegate quit and Will Arnett began taking other work following the abandoned retooling of the series, but NBC only officially confirmed the cancellation today. The network has yet to announce a decision on the fate of Community, Go On, and The New Normal, but ratings have been low for all three [...]

'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 [...]

'Up All Night' Is Only Doing One Multi-Cam Episode Now

It's been a turbulent few months for NBC's low-rated comedy Up All Night, with the show losing its showrunner, creator, and – just last week – its star Christina Applegate. This comes in the wake of a decision in October to shut down production for a three-month hiatus in order to turn the show into a multi-camera sitcom with a live audience to film the final five episodes of the season. Today, Deadline reports that the remaining episode order has been cut from five to one in the wake of Christina Applegate's departure Friday. Multi-camera vet James Burrows is being brought in to direct [...]

'Up All Night' Gets a New Showrunner, 'Nurse Jackie' Co-Creator Linda Wallem

In October, NBC decided to massively retool its Thursday night sitcom Up All Night by turning the show into a three-camera sitcom with a live studio audience. Now, Deadline reports that the network has hired a new showrunner for Up All Night, Linda Wallem. Emmy nominee Wallem co-created the Showtime hit Nurse Jackie, where she also served as co-showrunner for its first four seasons. Wallem's other credits include Cybill, That '70s Show, and the short-lived but excellent Lisa Kudrow HBO series The Comeback. Wallem replaces Tucker Cawley, an Everybody Loves Raymond vet who ran Up All Night for the first 11 episodes of its second season, who [...]

NBC Thursday Sitcom Recaps: Bunions, Bidens, and Big Lebowskis

Halloween and Hurricane Sandy are finally behind us, and last night's lineup returned in full before it goes away again for Thanksgiving break next week. So will Up All Night survive its second retooling? Is The Office keeping up its final season momentum? Did Biden do a good job on Parks and Rec? And most importantly, has Liz Lemon ruined her feet forever?

The 'Up All Night' Writers Had Some Crazy Ideas for Where to Take the Show

NBC's Up All Night is pretty much done for, and TV Guide has a piece out today looking at the show's life and, more interestingly, its death. After NBC and the producers decided to turn it from a single-camera sitcom to a multi-camera one with a live audience, that apparently wasn't big enough of a change as several high-concept 2.0 versions of the show were pitched and even written. Here's an excerpt from the piece:

"[New showrunner Linda] Wallem and the writing staff began brainstorming ideas for the multi-camera version. One pitch placed a portal between the two worlds — the single-cam and multi-cam versions — [...]

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 [...]

Christina Applegate Leaves 'Up All Night'; Is the Show as Good as Canceled?

Deadline reports that Christina Applegate, the star of NBC's troubled comedy Up All Night, has left the show. Applegate gave a statement saying, "It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors." The new creative direction Applegate is referring to is a decision by NBC back in October to shut down production for five months in order to retool Up All Night as a multi-camera sitcom with a studio audience. Following the news, the show got a new showrunner, Linda Wallem, in [...]

NBC Thursday Sitcom Recaps: Award Shows, Christmas Parties, Weddings, and Guilt Trips

NBC's Thursday night lineup kicked off their holiday episodes last night, taking on themes like weirdly intimate relationships, personal temptation, and in true holiday spirit, and familial guilt trips. 30 Rock easily took the cake for most cameos and featured Florence Henderson, Andrea Martin, Wendy Williams, Sue Summons, Gayle King, Judy Gold, Kermit, and much more, and Parks and Rec saw the return of Megan Mullally as well as appearances from Lucy Lawless and Christie Brinkley. So not only was it a night of mostly holiday-themed fun, it was also a night for badass lady celeb cameos! Let's take a look at what happened. (Pop quiz: Which two shows [...]