"Up All Night" is in the midst of mother abandoment issues. Lead actress Christina Applegate has decided to depart the struggling series.
"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 move on to other endeavors," Applegate said in a statement provided to The Times. "Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and wish them the best always.”
The "different creative direction" includes a major revamp of the single-camera comedy into a multi-cam production. That's in addition to behind-the-scenes turmoil that has seen the recent exit of series creator and executive producer Emily Spivey and a revolving door of showrunners.
At its onset, the modestly rated comedy was intended to shed light on new parenthood, with Applegate and Will Arnett starring as a couple unwilling to let go of their youth with a new baby in the mix. The workplace facet (Applegate worked at an Oprah-inspired talk show hosted by Maya Rudolph's character) got more attention as the series went on, presumably to give more screen time to Rudolph -- there was speculation that the show would continue to expand even further in that area as it entered its new format.