Up All Night
Up All Nightjokes are going to sound funnier next year — sort of. NBC is adding a live studio audience to its struggling sitcom.
The network has ordered five more episodes of Up All Night, extending the comedy’s current run from 11 to 16 episodes. More interestingly: The show is switching from single-cam format to multi-cam. For those not versed in production-speak, single-cam is more cinematic-looking and uses more locations (think The Office, 30 Rock, Arrested Development). Multi-cam is typically shot on an indoor set in front of a studio audience, and feels a bit more like a play (Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory). Both formats have a distinct feel and it’s very rare for a comedy to switch from one to the other.
For viewers, the biggest difference will hearing the show’s audience laugh at jokes.
“This was an idea we and [executive producer Lorne Michaels] came to in order to infuse the show with more energy while we were chomping on some green coffee beans,” said NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “We know what the multi-camera audience does for the live episodes of 30 Rock, plus after seeing both [Up All Night co-stars] 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. Also, we’re committed to the multi-camera form and this will give us another show to consider for next season in this new format.”
Up All Night will take a three-month hiatus after the 11th episode is shot next week and convert its stage for the multi-cam format. Future episodes will be taped before a live audience. The show is expected to return in the new format in the spring.