TV Preview: NBC’s “Up All Night”
NBC promised a reshot, reworked pilot and they delivered: since the first draft, Maya Rudolph has been given a larger part — which she turns to advantage — and the focus shifts a bit from the rigors of new parenthood to the trials of working for an Oprah-esque talk-show host.
“Up All Night,” which debuted yesterday at 9 p.m. on Channel 9, is now ready for its closeup.
The abundance of talent is evident. Rudolph powers to the forefront as Ava, a daytime TV talker; Christina Applegate is Reagan, her dependable producer, and Will Arnett plays Reagan’s husband Chris. The comedy distills the challenge of juggling of career and family, as well as the conflicting emotions of caring for a newborn: standing in loving awe of the creature, and trying to remember having fun and getting a good night’s sleep. The beauty of the infant; the horror of the sticky, cluttered, baby-fied house. The trials of working for a needy, narcissistic boss. The pressures on a marriage all played for laughs.
That’s a lot of story for one half-hour to carry, but creator Emily Spivey (“SNL,” “Parks and Rec”) serves each character in the pilot. We’ll have to see how the tale of parental exhaustion/doting plays out long-term.