Big changes are afoot for “Up All Night,” including a new showrunner.
The NBC sitcom has hired Linda Wallem, co-creator of Showtime hit series “Nurse Jackie,” to become its new showrunner. The show will also be reconceived as a multicamera sitcom after a winter hiatus.
Five episodes are planned to air, which will bring the total season order to 16. This is an effort to cut costs and potentially add a creative spark to the show. Several actors, some of whom were reportedly unhappy with the show’s creative direction, do have live performance experience.
Tucker Cawley (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) was the previous showrunner. He will now work on Fox’s “The Mindy Project” as a consulting producer and continue to develop for Universal TV.
Wallem also received a sweet two-year overall deal with NBC’s sister studio Universal Television, which produces “Up All Night” with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.
Wallem will work with Robert Greenblatt, current NBC entertainment chariman and former Showtime chairman while Wallem was on “Nurse Jackie.” Wallem has also been consulting on “Whitney,” which is also struggling to find an audience on the Peacock Network.
Wallem has representation from CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.