Christina Applegate has decided to depart the comedy, which is executive produced by Saturday Night Live maestro Lorne Michaels, amid massive changes to the show’s format, as first reported by Deadline.
“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 says.
“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.”
The actress, who found stardom on the 80s sitcom Married With Children, played new mom Reagan. On Season 1, she produced a TV Talk show while her husband (played by Will Arnett) stayed home with the new baby.
The comedy, which also stars SNL alum Maya Rudolph, already went through major story changes going into its second season. Now, it’s being reformatted from the single camera structure into a more traditional three-camera sitcom structure with a live audience, though there have been no episodes filmed yet.
Applegate’s departure follows that of creator and former SNL writer, Emily Spivey, who decided to leave the series back in January, also due to creative differences.
Season 2 premiered last September with a disappointing 3.1 million viewers, a huge loss over its Season 1 premiere audience of 10.9 million viewers.
Celebuzzers, is it time for Up All Night to throw in the towel?
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