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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

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

Up All Night 2.0: Love It or Leave It?

Up All Night

Up All Night's second season is barely recognizable from the workplace comedy we saw last year. While the core actors Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph remain the same, the trio's been placed inside a... read more

Up All Night Bosses Talk Season 2 Changes: Unemployment, Cast Shakeups and Wedding Bells?

Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett

The first season of Up All Night ended on a high note, with Chris (Will Arnett) finally getting to propose to Reagan (Christina Applegate) the way he'd always dreamed. But don't expect everything to be romance and rainbows when the show returns for its sophomore season Thursday at 8:30/7:30c. Creator and executive producer Emily Spivey and producer Tucker Cawley spoke to TVGuide.com about the huge changes coming to this season, which kicks off with some very bad news for Reagan and Ava (Maya Rudolph). read more

Keck's Exclusives: Christina Applegate Gets an Up All Night Bro

Luka Jones

Bud Bundy, you've been replaced. NBC's Up All Night is adding a new series regular to its cast for season two. Character actor Luka Jones has been cast as Reagan's (Christina Applegate) brother, Scott.

Scott is described as Reagan's younger, laid back sibling (kind of like Married...With Children's Bud). read more

Exclusive Best Friends Forever Sneak Peek: Will Jessica Be Named Queen Cougar?

Jessica St. Clair

New Jersey: home to Snooki, the Sopranos and, apparently, something called a Cougar Ball.

On Wednesday's episode of Best Friends Forever (8:30c/7:30c on NBC), Jessica (Jessica St. Clair) dives back into the dating pool with a young frat boy (Desperate Housewives' Max Carver). She's... read more

Watch My Show: Best Friends Forever's St. Clair and Parham Answer Our Show-runner Survey

Best Friends Forever, Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham

In real life, Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are pals and writing partners. On TV, they play "Jessica" and "Lennon," the two besties who move back in together, along with Lennon's ...
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Wednesday TV in Review: Worst Friends Ever, Finales of Bent, Happy Endings

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair

You know how Ellis, the smarmy assistant-from-hell on Smash, has become the most reviled character on TV this season? That's only because most people haven't been subjected yet to Best Friends Forever, the poisonous new sitcom NBC is launching tonight (8:30/7:30c) in the deep, deep rabbit hole of its woeful Wednesday night lineup — which has already claimed the much more enjoyable (though virtually invisible) Bent, ending its run tonight (9/8c) after only three weeks of back-to-back episodes.

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Best Friends Forever: What Happens When You Have to Share Your BFF?

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair

Art imitates life on the new NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever, which was co-created, written and stars best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.

"Lennon and I spend, like, 12 hours a day together, more than I have spent with any man or woman," St. Clair told reporters recently on set. "I would say this is the healthiest relationship I've ever been in."

That friendship is the basis for the comedy, which debuts Wednesday. Three years after getting married and moving 3,000 miles away, Jessica (St. Clair) moves back in with her best friend and longtime roommate Lennon (Parham) when she is served divorce papers.  Jessica is startled to see she has been replaced, sort of, by Lennon's live-in boyfriend, Joe (Luka Jones).  "This show is really about what do you do when you have to share your friend for the first time," St. Clair says, "which is kind of a hard thing for women because all through your 20s you are each other's No. 1, and then this guy comes in and ruins everything."

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