This really sums everything up perfectly about the trajectory transformation of a sweet, funny show to a place where “One pitch placed a portal between the two worlds—the single-cam and multi-cam versions—that only baby Amy could see.”
“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,” Applegate said in a statement. “Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always.”
wow. it makes me sad as Up All Night was such a cute show and NBC kept screwing around with it. i’m not surprised that it completely fell apart — Emily Spivey left, now Christina left.
i wish NBC gave their shows just a little bit more time. BFF, Bent and Up All Night were fun and truly enjoyable. Maybe not The Office-ratingsblockbuster hits, but they felt so real and people connected with that. The television landscape should have room for that kind of comedy and not be so obsessed with finding the broadest possible joke.
If television storytelling never evolved, we wouldn’t have had Buffy, Lost or The Wire.I wonder what new comedies we’ll be missing out on in a decade because of network television trying to recreate their own version of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men instead of innovating and getting recognition and ratings for that.
Emily Spivey has an impressive comedy writing résumé that encompasses sketch (Saturday Night Live, Mad TV), animation (King of the Hill) and sitcoms (Parks and Recreation). Before that, she performed with The Groundlings, an improv company in Los Angeles, where she met Maya Rudolph who became her writing partner. After working with Rudolph at Saturday Night Live for nearly a decade, the two paired up again on Spivey’s new NBC series Up All Night.