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TV ratings: 'Up All Night' premiere solid for NBC, 'Survivor' down some Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011The "America's Got Talent" finale was down a little from last year's season ender, but it still provided a solid platform to launch NBC's new comedy "Up All Night." Companion comedy "Free Agents" wasn't so fortunate, though, and the debut of "Survivor: South Pacific" was also a little low. And it would appear we are a nation of "H8Rs," as The CW's celeb-boosterism reality series got off to a pretty meager start. "America's Next Top Model" took a tumble as well.NBC led the way Wednesday night with 12.2 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/12 share in households. CBS (9.2 million, 5.5/9) came in second. ABC finished a distant third with 4.5 million viewers and a 2.9/5, followed by FOX at 2.9 million and 2.0/3. The CW's reality premieres averaged 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2.The race was a little closer for the adults 18-49 crown, but NBC still... //

'Up All Night' Premiere: Parenting and Partying Don't Mix (VIDEO)

There's a sweetness that really surprised me throughout the premiere of 'Up All Night' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC). To be honest, I wasn't sure if Will Arnett could pull off the role of a normal human being, but he absolutely nailed it. His chemistry with on-screen wife Christina Applegate was so authentic, I believed their love completely. It was the little moments they shared, and some clever editing by the writers to make it feel real. After a fight over who was or wasn't awake at what time to take care of the baby, we cut quickly to the next morning where it's kisses and quick apologies. This is a couple we can root for together, because they're in this together. //

'Up All Night' and 'Free Agents': TV Reviews

The NBC comedy  Up All Night , which premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 14, could break out this year. Starring  Will Arnett  and  Christina Applegate  as a married couple who just had a baby, it cleverly touches on all the hardships a new addition brings, along with the joy — and manages to do this without being so sappy you want to hang yourself. Credit creator and writer  Emily Spivey  ( Parks and Recreation ) for getting the tone just right, from jokes about when the couple find out they’re pregnant ("Stop saying, ‘There’s a baby in there’ like it’s a baby in a closet with a knife") to their combined astonishment and horror that they now have to care for it (Arnett and Applegate swearing about how cute the baby is works perfectly well, as does their exasperated exhaustion). Read More... //

'Up All Night': Creator Emily Spivey is having fun, hopes you will too

The writers of NBC's new comedy "Up All Night" should not lack for material -- they're creating a TV show about the travails of new parenthood in, at least by showbiz standards, an unusually baby-heavy environment.Creator Emily Spivey and stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph all have young children, as does semi-regular Nick Cannon. There's even a nursery adjoining Applegate's and Rudolph's dressing rooms, Spivey says."The babies are here a lot. Down the whole hallway there are signs that say 'Quiet - sleeping babies,'" Spivey told Zap2it when we spoke with her in early September. "Poor Nick is flying back and forth, because his family is in New York. But everyone's just managing -- it's what you have to do. It hasn't been a problem -- it's actually been kind of nice. There's nothing that makes the blood pressure do down more than holding a sweet baby."It also helps that, according to Spivey,... //

UP ALL NIGHT (NBC) “Pilot” Episode 1

UP ALL NIGHT  "Pilot" Episode 1 airs Wednesday, September 14 on NBC (8-8:30 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis : Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the clichés of motherhood, Reagan Brinkley (Christina Applegate ) adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett). As if motherhood weren’t enough, as a talk-show executive producer, Reagan must  also tend to the endless needs of her friend  and  boss  Ava (Maya Rudolph), an ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host. Nick Cannon stars as Ava’s charismatic co-host "Calvin" and Jennifer Hall stars as Ava’s long-suffering assistant "Missy." Matt Lauer guest stars. Read More... //

Will Arnett Talks Multi-Tasking, Babies & Being Normal for 'Up All Night'

Curious about 'Up All Night' ? You should be, because it's one of the funniest new comedies to come out of an otherwise mediocre sitcom season. Of course, it's not totally there yet ( I voiced some concerns here in my Q&A with star Maya Rudolph ), but there's one element of the show that's still making me laugh out loud and root for it to find its legs: the adorable, foul-mouthed, totally realistic couple at the heart of the story. Regan ( Christina Applegate ) is a new mom who's readjusting to life back at work, and Chris ( Will Arnett ) is her supportive husband who quits his cushy job as a lawyer to be a stay-at-home dad. I've said it before , and I'm saying it again -- it's the best, most endearing and most normal I've seen both Applegate and Arnett in a long time (premieres Wed., Sept. 14, 10PM ET on NBC; moves to its regular time Wed., Sept. 21, 8PM ET). I caught up with Arnett to hear all about his new gig imitating his real life, why his character Chris is nothing like Gob Bluth and some show secrets that are even more under wraps than the plot of that 'Arrested Development' movie. And speaking of that movie, I'm kind of over speaking about it (just happen already!), so I went for some really advanced scoop and asked him about the eventual 'Up All Night' movie instead. "Great!," he said with a laugh. "Who's playing me?" He also talked about his ideas for corporate synergy (short answer: all Arnett, all night), working with "talent robot" Jon Hamm for Season 2 of 'Todd Margaret' and tumors ... but not the kind you're thinking of. //

Brazilian Waxing, Bleeping and Babies: 15 Personal Questions with Up All Night's Will Arnett

When you think of Will Arnett , still fondly remembered as the clueless Gob Bluth in Arrested Development , the word "parent" isn't the first word that necessarily jumps out at you. Good thing parenting isn't exactly the subject of his new comedy Up All Night , where he stars as a new dad. See, despite what the trailers are telling you, it's not so much about the baby, as it is about new parents Regan ( Christina Applegate ) and Chris' (Arnett) reaction to it — and they don't exactly want to give up their super social lifestyle, or, um, occasional curse words. Read More... //

'Up All Night's' Christina Applegate: 'Here's My Fantasy'

It may start out a lot like one of those late-night singles hotline commercials, but Christina Applegate's promo for her upcoming comedy "Up All Night" most certainly doesn't end like one."I'm alone in the bedroom, and you walk in," she purrs in the trailer. "You tell me, 'Don't speak.' You'll take care of everything. So I lie down on the bed... you turn down the lights..."And here's the kicker:"I sleep while you take care of the baby for ten, uninterrupted hours. Please."Applegate and "Arrested Development's" Will Arnett star as a couple desperate to hang onto their youth even with their newborn child. Maya Rudolph stars as Applegate's boss, and as we were first to report, Jorma Taccone of Lonely Island fame will guest-star as a love interest for Rudolph. Nick Cannon also stars.... //

'Up All Night' scoop: 'SNL's' Jorma Taccone gives Maya Rudolph flashbacks

One of the masterminds of "Saturday Night Live's" digital shorts will be staying "Up All Night" this fall.Jorma Taccone, one-third of the Lonely Island comedy team (along with Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer) that produces the digital shorts, will guest-star in an upcoming episode of NBC's new comedy, creator Emily Spivey tells Zap2it. He'll be playing an old boyfriend of Maya Rudolph's character."You're going to see flashbacks of them from the '90s," Spivey tells us. "They have a little song together and everything, and a music video.""Up All Night" centers on new parents Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett), who are trying to raise their baby while still keeping the trappings of their old life. Rudolph plays Ava, the host of a talk show Reagan produces.Taccone is the second "Saturday Night Live" veteran Spivey (herself an ex-"SNL" writer) has recruited to guest-star on "Up All Night." Will Forte will also appear as a guy... //

America's Got Talent Host Nick Cannon Joins NBC's Up All Night

America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon has joined the cast of another NBC series, the new Wednesday night comedy Up All Night , in a recurring role. Cannon will play Calvin, the wildly popular co-host to talk show star Ava (Maya Rudolph), who can't help but be... //