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. The remaining five episodes of the 16-episode season will be in the multi-camera format and will air beginning in April or May, according to NBC.
All of the cast members and producers, including executive producer Lorne Michaels, are on board with the changes, according to NBC. Showrunner Tucker Cawley's resume includes multi-camera comedies like Everybody Loves Raymond.
"This was an idea we and Lorne came to in order to infuse the show with more energy," NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. "We know what the multi-camera audience does for the live episodes of 30 Rock, plus after seeing both Maya [Rudolph] and Christina [Applegate] do SNL within the past few months, we knew we had the kind of performers — Will Arnett included — who love the reaction from a live audience. We think we can make a seamless tradition to the new format."
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