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Up All Night's Maya Rudolph on Playing an Oprah Wannabe

The Christina Applegate-Will Arnett sitcom  Up All Night  hasn't even premiered yet, but already co-star Maya Rudolph has gotten a promotion. Speaking to reporters at the fall TV previews Monday, NBC Entertainment Chief Robert Greenblatt announced that portions of the pilot would be reshot to recast Rudolph's character, Ava, as a daytime talk-show host. "We decided to change the workplace altogether to give Maya a better platform to do her thing," Greenblatt said. Applegate will play a producer on Ava's show. (In the original pilot, Applegate and Rudolph played partners in a PR firm.) Read More... //

NBC Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

NBC has unveiled its new fall schedule and it kicks off with football ... if there's a season! The new scripted shows begin Tues., Sept. 13 with 'Parenthood.' New comedies 'Up All Night' (starring Will Arnet and Christina Applegate, right) and 'Free Agents' premiere after the 'America's Got Talent' finale on Wed., Sept. 14. 'The Playboy Club' bows Mon., Sept. 19. NBC's Thursday night comedy heavy-hitters return on Sept. 22 with new addition 'Whitney.' 'Prime Suspect' anchors Thursday nights. Fan favorite 'Chuck' moves to Fridays at 8PM on Oct. 21. Look for Tina Fey's '30 Rock,' 'Awake,' 'Smash' and more mid-season. Check out the full schedule below! //

Christina Applegate and Will Arnett in NBC's 'Up All Night': Watch the full series trailer

Christina Applegate and Will Arnett star in what looks like one of the more promising new comedies for the 2011-12 TV season, NBC's "Up All Night."They play a couple who's been married for seven years and have just had their first child, which they quickly discover puts a major dent in their previous, not-quite-grown-up lifestyle. Maya Rudolph also stars.Applegate, who's doing her first series since "Samantha Who?," is a new mom herself, having given birth to daughter Sadie in late January. Arnett also has two young children, so we're guessing they can relate to their roles pretty well.The series will air at 8 p.m. ET Wednesdays in the fall. The show's trailer is below; more clips are here and here.... //

NBC's 2011-12 new comedies, first impressions: Old school vs. new school

Most of the new comedies NBC ordered for next season look like the comedies that have aired on the network in recent years: They're laugh track-free, single-camera shows in the vein of "30 Rock" or "Community."But not all of them. The fall show "Whitney" and the midseason series "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea" care cut from the old-school sitcom mold -- a live audience you can hear laughing, multiple cameras and setup-punchline rhythms reminiscent of shows from NBC's comedy heyday in the '80s and '90s. Formal differences aside, though, what matters with any comedy is whether it's funny. Here are our first impressions of NBC's comedy offerings for 2011-12.The fall comedies:"Free Agents" (watch clips)The show is based on a British series about two co-workers (Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn), both of whom are coming off failed relationships, who sleep together, regret it to varying degrees and then try to figure out what their... //

'Up All Night': Christina Applegate joins 'SNL' alums Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett on NBC

This is one show that we hope sticks. "Up All Night" pairs brilliant comedic performers Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, with "Saturday Night Live" writer Emily Spivey for a fresh look at balancing family and career. Reagan (Applegate) and Chris (Arnett) are new parents to beautiful (but unexpected) baby Amy. With Reagan's demanding career, the couple opts to go the unconventional stay-at-home-dad/working-mom route, all while trying to keep up with their former partying lifestyle.James Pumphrey also stars.  "Up All Night" is directed by James Griffiths, with "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock's" Lorne Michaels and Jon Pollack joining Spivey in the EP chairs. The new show is slated to air Wednesday's at 8 PM.... //