With the fate of Up All Night still up in the air, Will Arnett has already found a new gig.
Arnett has signed a deal to star in Greg Garcia’s as-of-yet untitled CBS comedy, although it will remain second to Up All Night until a decision is made on the NBC comedy. The half-hour pilot centers on a divorced man named Jack whose parents start having their own marital problems.
Garcia, who created Fox’s Raising Hope and NBC’s My Name is Earl, will be writing and executive producing the pilot, and veteran director James Burrows will helm the multi-camera comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In a twist of fate, NBC hired Burrows to tape one episode of a re-imagined Up All Night, hoping that might save the series.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Up All Night is most likely heading for the chopping block. Changes from a single-camera to a multi-camera format, combined with the departure of series creator Emily Spivey and Arnett’s co-star Christina Applegate, have essentially spelled the end for the comedy. There are also reports that Maya Rudolph, who is pregnant with her fourth child, may be heading to another NBC pilot.
According to Deadline, Arnett had been courted for a number of pilots once word of Up All Night’s troubles broke. He eventually decided on Garcia’s comedy pilot as it was similar to his real-life experiences of going through a divorce. Deadline also corroborates reports that Rudolph is also being approached for pilots, one of which is NBC’s Sean Hayes’ untitled comedy pilot.
Do you think Up All Night is finished? Will you be watching Will Arnett’s new comedy?