Monday, August 1, 2011

NBC's 'Up All Night': Now With More Maya

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour on Monday that "Up All Night," a new sitcom that he's hoping can establish a comedy hour on Wednesday nights, will be reworked to give co-star Maya Rudolph a meatier role.

Usually it's not a great sign when a network tinkers with a new show after its pilot episode has already been screened by the press.

But given the recent success of Rudolph's "Bridesmaids," altering the big-stakes sitcom, in which Christina Applegate and Will Arnett play a hard-partying married couple who have an unplanned child, doesn't sound like the dumbest plan in the history of television.

In the original pilot, Rudolph played the owner of a public relations agency that Applegate's character helped run and was mostly used as cosmetic comic relief. Rudolph will now play a talk-show host, with Applegate's character acting as the show's producer.

Parts of the pilot episode will have to go through a three-day re-shoot to encorporate the changes, and we're eager to see what comes of that.

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