The new series "Up All Night" with Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolphdebuts tonight on NBC at 10 p.m. ET. The new sitcom aims to squeeze laughs from the struggle of a couple (Arnett and Applegate) to balance work-parenting issues; Rudolph plays a needy talk-show host who is also Applegate’s boss. Rudolph’s career is hot lately, and she’s coming off a co-starring role in the hit movie comedy "Bridesmaids."
Here’s what critics are saving about "Up All Night."
–"Rudolph, along with newly hired Nick Cannon as her co-host, allow Up All Night to veer away from 30 minutes of all parenting and baby jokes.But the truth is that the show is funniest when it focuses there." [Tim Goodman, THR]
–"Up All Night is clearly a work in progress (as are most pilots), and its revamped opener shows the strain of rethinking Maya Rudolph’s scene-stealing character post-production, awkwardly inserting new workplace scenes that aren’t an especially smooth fit. (She went from being a neurotic public-relations exec to being a manically neurotic over-the-top daytime talk queen, sort of a mini-Oprah. Traces of Rudolph’s justifiably praised SNL Oprah impersonation can be seen here, and I’ll be curious to see how this develops.)" [Matt Roush, TV Guide] Read More...