Up All Night creator Emily Spivey is leaving the show, just as the comedy makes the switch from a single-camera to multi-camera format.
Spivey’s departure is the latest shakeup to occur behind the scenes of NBC’s hit comedy. Just last month, showrunner Tucker Crawley was replaced by Nurse Jackie executive producer Linda Wallem. According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC and Universal Television had decided to make some creative changes to the series.
Crawley’s exit came just a few months after the original showrunner, Jon Pollack, left the comedy for the Matthew Perry series Go On. Crawley left the show to work as a consulting producer on The Mindy Project.
Up All Night, which is in its second year, has been performing modestly in the ratings, despite its stellar lead actors in Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, and Maya Rudolph.
Up All Night originally focused on Arnett and Applegate as new parents, and was inspired by Spivey’s real-life experience of going back to work after giving birth, according to Deadline. When Rudolph was cast as Applegate’s boss, the workplace aspect of the show was expanded.
“There was a huge gap between the sort of rock and roll job I had [at Saturday Night Live] where I was up all night and my son who was getting up at six in the morning. I wanted to capture those extremes and do a show about someone who waited such a long time to have a baby. Her career was her baby. I felt like no one had really honestly told that story.”
She said NBC was really looking for a “modern mom show” and was very supportive and excited about the series.
The second season of Up All Night premiered on September 20, 2012. It was originally supposed to be 13 episodes, but NBC ordered three more episodes on October 29. The mid-season finale aired on December 13, and the second half of the series will begin airing in either April or May.