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NBC Plans Major Changes for Sitcom, Including Bringing In ‘Will & Grace’ Veteran

Aug 1, 2012  •  Post A Comment

NBC is working on some changes to one of its sitcoms for the upcoming season, including the addition of a veteran of the network’s long-running hit “Will & Grace.”

The Huffington Post reports that "Up All Night" will look like a new show in season two with the addition of "Will & Grace’s" Sean Hayes in a recurring role and the elimination of the show-within-a-show format.

Stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph are all coming back, but Rudolph’s character of Ava will no longer have the "Ava" talk show. According to A.V. Club’s Todd VanDerWerff, the show will emphasize "smaller, lower-key home stories."

Emmy winner Hayes will appear as Ava’s former accompanist, with the notion that Ava might revive her music career.

The Huffington Post’s Maureen Ryan reports on one reason behind the change: "Ava is supposed to be both a powerful chat-show magnate and Reagan’s regular-gal best friend, and it’s not clear that ‘Up All Night’ knows how to modulate between those two extremes. For Ava to be funny, she has to be selfish and clueless; for her to be Reagan’s friend, she can’t be all that clueless or excessively mean to her underlings."

"Up All Night" will have its second-season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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