This afternoon it was reported that NBC has ordered more episodes of their struggling Thursday night comedy Up All Night, and that after the hiatus it will be a traditional multi-cam show filmed before a live studio audience.
This is something that has happened before, and I’m sending golf claps out to NBC for the decision. The show hasn’t been working – I was a fan and lost interest this season, recently cutting the show from my weekly ‘Funny Friday’ sitcom roundup. Instead of cancelling the show, NBC is experimenting with it and I think that’s admirable. Maybe it will work, or maybe it will still bore my face off. But at least they’re trying. The show has a great cast and I think the potential is still there.
The question now is timing. Does a traditional multi-cam, live audience show fit in with The Office, Parks and Recreation and the final season of 30 Rock? No. It doesn’t. You know what does? Community.
What NBC should do – definitely now, given this change – is move Community to Thursday nights with the other quirky shows and put Up All Night on Fridays with Whitney, so that parents who couldn’t get a babysitter can stay home and watch it.
Up All Night won’t be back with this new change for three months after the last single-cam episode has aired, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.