**** Up All Night can be watched on NBC WCMH Channel 4 for Time Warner and Insight Communications customers ****
What a great cast Up All Night has. NBC really went for the gold with it’s cast, such as Christina Applegate as Reagan, Will Arnett as Chris, and SNL Alum Maya Rudolph as Ava. The premise is simple and relatable. A couple (Chris and Reagan) have a baby, and their social lives, which used to be apparently awesome in the sense of going out every night and partying it up without a care in the world (if you like that sort of thing), is now a wreck, as they only have the baby. And the show starts with Reagan going back to work, while Chris, a big shot lawyer who quit his job to be a stay at home dad, the show starts with a humorous joke of Reagan thinking Matt Lauer (of the Today Show on NBC) is talking to her. From there, we get a glimpse of both parents fending for themselves; one without the child, the other without.
Let’s be clear here: the cast again is top notch and trying desperately make everything funny, but the problem is, it is trying way too hard. As someone who doesn’t mind cussing, the pilot of Up All Night was bookended by scenes of cussing. To me, it didn’t feel natural, it felt fake, phony and ‘look, we’re extreme! Oooo!’. And I don’t blame this on the cast either, as again, they are like Ryan Reynolds with the Green Lantern film, they are tap-dancing best they can to make the jokes that aren’t funny work.
Ava (played by Rudolph) feels like she is trying to be a female skewed version of Tracey Jordan from 30 Rock mixed with a personality like Oprah Winfrey meaning she’s a talk show host that’s crazy but with a big ol’ heart o’ gold. The whole staying up all night thing was actually not funny to me. Rudolph did get a good gag in with Applegate and Arnett of a gift basket for the baby full of stuff not for the baby, but beyond that, it was all forced humor. The best stuff they could have played on they cut away. Like the joke with the little old lady following Chris around the grocery store? That cracked me up but they quickly abandoned it. Why cut away from something that worked?
The problem is, as I said in my review of Free Agents is that the show is in it’s own infancy, like Chris and Reagan’s baby, so they are finding what works and what doesn’t. Personally, I felt the show tried too hard to be hip, edgy and funny, and with the cast being naturally funny; there is no need to push it. I’ll check back in with the show in a few weeks, like Free Agents and see where it is on the scorecard. I’d be misleading if I said despite giving the pilot an ‘ok’ like Free Agents I don’t see this one rebounding, despite it (sadly) being a big ratings smash. But who knows, you might be thinking this might be another case of ‘Nick doesn’t get it’. But we’ll find out in a few weeks.
But what do YOU think, examiners?
Did you enjoy the new NBC show UP ALL NIGHT?
Let us know and we may read your comments on Nick’s podcast, the Good, The Bad & The Geeky which sponsored by Audible.com!
You can comment below or send your thoughts via e-mail or heck, if you have twitter, tweet us! Also, If you like what you hear, please subscribe on iTunes or check out our iPhone/iTouch App!