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NBC’s Up All Night, which is already in the middle of major changes behind-the-scenes, has been dealt a serious blow. Christina Applegate is leaving the series.
Deadline was the first to confirm the news, noting that the change comes before the show started filming its new episodes in front of a live audience. Applegate, who tested her skills before an audience when she hosted Saturday Night Live recently, confirmed her departure in a statement.
“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,” she said. “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.”
Up All Night is still in the middle of its second season. The show ended the first half of the season late last year, as word came that the producers were going to switch to a multi-camera format. That meant that the show was suddenly going to be filmed in front of a live audience with a laugh track.
The show has been in a state of flux behind-the-scenes because of the switch. Creator Emily Spivey left the production and Nurse Jackie co-creator Linda Wallem was brought in to be the new showrunner. She replaced Tucker Cawley, who oversaw the single-camera episodes of season two. Crawley had replaced season one showrunner Jon Pollack.
NBC planned to film five episodes of Up All Night in front of a live audience in the hope that they would air in April or May, notes The Hollywood Reporter.