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Inside the Demise of NBC's Once-Promising Comedy Up All Night

Up All Night

NBC's Up All Night should have been a hit. The show came with a strong comedy pedigree: It starred Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph and was produced by Saturday Night Live don Lorne Michaels. At the center was what seemed to be a relatable premise for the young adults watching the network's upscale comedies: a hip, young couple adjusts to life with a baby.

But two years after creator Emily Spivey shot the pilot (then called Alpha Mom), Up All Night is all but gone, suffering the death of a thousand tinkers. A heavily touted plan to morph the show into a multi-camera sitcom is now mostly abandoned, and some of the outlandish ideas bandied about for the revamp (including one idea involving rock star... read more

NBC Brings Saturday Night Live to Saturday Primetime

Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Hart

NBC is expanding its reliance on late-night staple Saturday Night Live, which is once again ready for primetime on a weekly basis.

NBC has quietly started airing the previous week's episode of SNL, edited from 90 minutes down to an hour, on Saturdays at 10/9c. The repeat doesn't attract a large audience, averaging just 2.3 million viewers on Feb. 23 (featuring guest host Christoph Waltz and musical guest Alabama Shakes). But it still managed to tie ABC (which ran the movie Dreamgirls) and CBS (a Vanity Fair Hollywood special) for No. 1 among adults 18-49 in its second half-hour.

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Christina Applegate Leaving Retooled Up All Night

Christina Applegate

Ahead of several big creative changes behind the scenes, Christina Applegate is leaving Up All Night after two seasons.

"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... read more

Pilot Season: NBC Orders Drama from J.J. Abrams and Comedies from Bill Lawrence, Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels

NBC has ordered a drama pilot from J.J. Abrams and comedy pilots from Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence and Saturday Night Live's John Mulaney, TVGuide.com has learned.

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2012's Best Episodes: Grey's Deadly Crash and SVU's End of the Affair

Chyler Leigh and Eric Dane

Deaths! Interrogations! Plane crashes! Breakups! Weddings! Catfights! Sex dreams! TV had it all this year. From Desperate Housewives' fitting farewell to Fringe's powerful flash-forward, 2012 served up some remarkable hours of television, and we've assembled the top 25 episodes. Which ones made the cut? Tune in all week to see the full list.

What were the best TV shows of 2012?

Here are the first five in our countdown... read more

NBC Develops Sitcom with Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson may be ready for primetime. NBC and Lorne Michaels are developing a comedy script that would serve as a starring vehicle for the Saturday Night Live cast member.

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YouTube Boosts Its Commitment to Original Programming

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

One of this fall's big programming events wasn't actually broadcast on TV. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action series geared toward the launch of the new Xbox 360 video game, has become a hit for YouTube, where it runs on the young male-oriented Machinima Prime channel.

YouTube is taking on the traditional TV model in a big way, with the help of major stars, original programs like Halo 4 and big events like Felix Baumgartner's space jump, which broke YouTube user records on Oct. 14. A year after YouTube parent Google unleashed an aggressive $100 million initiative to launch around 100 original programming channels (and committed $200 million to market the channels), viewership on the platform was up 11 percent year-to-year in September.

It's a slow build, and so far YouTube's original programming initiative hasn't produced a hit that was big enough to enter the public consciousness. But according to newly released comScore data, YouTube users spent an average of 419.1 minutes watching video in September, compared to 378 minutes in Sept. 2011.

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NBC Boss: Why We're Tweaking Our Comedy Brand

Will Arnett, Christina Applegate

NBC may be on the rise this season, but comedy — traditionally one of the network's strong suits — hasn't played much of a role in its recovery. Freshman half-hour Go On is showing promise, but NBC's Thursday night block, once the home to "Must See TV," now limps along.

That's why execs are taking a long, hard look at its comedy brand to decide in what direction to steer the laughs next year. NBC introduced the new slogan "We Peacock Comedy" this fall, but what kind of comedy does NBC actually "Peacock"?< read more

Up All Night to Go on Extended Hiatus, Return as Multi-Camera Comedy

Christina Applegate, Will Arnett

NBC's Up All Night will halt production next week and return next spring as a multi-camera comedy filmed in front of a live audience, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The show will take a three-month break after wrapping production on its 11th episode next week, in order to convert the stage and set to the new format, NBC said Monday. The existing episodes will air into December, and production will resume in February. read more

Jay Pharoah Takes Over Obama Impression Duties on SNL

Jay Pharoah

Move over, Fred Armisen: There's a new Barack Obama in town.

Featured player Jay Pharoah will be taking over doing the impressions of the POTUS on Saturday Night Live this season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah debuts Obama impression

Pharoah, who joined the show in 2010, has... read more

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