TV News: NBC Orders More UP ALL NIGHT and Switches Format to Multi-Camera; Dan Harmon’s RICK AND MORTY Picked Up by Adult Swim

     October 29, 2012

A couple of interesting TV-related tidbits were announced today.  First up, good/strange news for Up All Night fans.  NBC has extended the comedy’s season two order to 16 episodes, but the network is switching the show’s format to multi-camera.  Per Deadline, when the Christina Applegate and Will Arnett-fronted show returns in the spring it will be with a live audience and laugh track in tow.  It’s an odd move halfway through the show’s second season, but it’s not unprecedented.  Happy Days was a single-camera series until it switched to three cameras in its third season.

Hit the jump for more, including news on a new series from ex-Community showrunner Dan Harmon.

up-all-night-christina-applegate-maya-rudolphProduction on Up All Night will take a three-month hiatus to convert the sets to a multi-camera stage with an audience.  The idea for the change apparently came from executive producer Lorne Michaels, who believes Applegate and co-star Maya Rudolph’s strong live-audience background on SNL will be put to good use with the swap.  Following the December finale, the multi-camera debut will kick-off April or May with the 5 additional episodes that have been ordered.  Though the show is still struggling to break out in a big way, the comedy has showed a promising ratings rise in the past couple of weeks.

Additionally, one of Dan Harmon’s new projects has been picked up.  Harmon was ousted as Community showrunner following the show’s third season, but Adult Swim has now picked up his new animated comedy Rick and Morty.  The show centers on an evil genius and his not-so-evil genius grandson, and Adult Swim has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the series co-created by Harmon and Justin Roiland.  Roiland and Harmon’s production company Starburns Industries broke the news on Twitter:



In addition to Rick and Morty, Harmon is also developing pilots at CBS and Fox and a stop-motion feature film based on a script by Charlie Kaufman.


  • Paul

    Damnit! We really liked Up All Night but no way can I watch it if they insert a laugh track so that idiots can know when something is supposed to be funny. Argh!

    • tim

      agreed 100%. i only watch 2 shows on nbc- up all night and grimm.
      so i guess now i am down to just 1. lorne michaels- what an assbag.
      no wonder nbc is always at the bottom- screwing fans over is their m.o.

  • Matt

    This latest seasons of Up All Night has been great. Too bad that as soon as they’ve got me and a bunch of my friends on the hook, they have to go with such an outdated turd of a format. A Laugh Track in 2013 is kind of like putting out Prometheus on VHS.

    Modern Family, Glee, 30 Rock, The Office, Community, Louie = Great modern shows, all single camera.

    Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men = Very popular shows (for some reason?) but that multiple camera and laugh track make these shows seem like they are from 1985.

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