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'Friends' Star May Take Over for Christina Applegate on NBC's 'Up all Night' Deadline

With the departure of Christina Applegate from the ratings-challenged NBC comedy "Up All Night," there's talk that the list of actresses NBC is eyeing as possible replacements includes "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

The series is going ahead with taping one episode without Applegate, and has tapped in-demand director James Burrows, who is also directing three pilots this season, Andreeva writes. Burrows directed a number of "Friends" episodes in the 1990s.

Burrows will tape the single episode in a multicamera format, part of the plan to turn the ratings-challenged comedy away from its single-camera format, the story says. While NBC originally ordered five episodes to be taped in front of a live audience, that order has now been cut to one.

"Up All Night" has struggled to attract viewers and has been overhauled recently, as previously reported. Applegate exited the show earlier this week, citing creative differences.

NBC had no comment, the story says.

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