The wonderfully hilarious Maya Rudolph must love being knocked up, because she’s now expecting her fourth child with husband Paul Thomas Anderson. Yay, more funny babies!
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news this week and also dropped another bomb: Up All Night may not continue as planned following Christina Applegate‘s decision to leave the show. While NBC was going to revamp the comedy (and incorporate Maya’s real-life pregnancy into her character’s storyline), they may now abandon the show altogether and have told the writers to start looking for new jobs. How could something that was theoretically so brilliant go so wrong?
A little more on the situation:
NBC has not released Arnett or Rudolph from their contracts for the original Up All Night, a single-camera show that the network hoped to transform into a multi-camera, behind-the-scenes look at a struggling television series. The show is not officially dead, though presumably the stars’ exits are being negotiated.
The chaos comes at a key time for Arnett and Rudolph, with casting on the nearly 100 broadcast pilots already under way and both actors rocketing to the top of many network wish lists. Both Arnett and Rudolph have already received second-position offers for a number of broadcast pilots. CBS’ Les Moonves in particular is said to want Arnett for an untitled comedy written and executive produced by Garcia about a recently divorced man whose parents move in with him. ABC also is high on the actor.
We all like Will Arnett, but Maya Rudolph is a goddamn national treasure (or very well should be) and it’ll be absolutely criminal if she doesn’t find another place to showcase her talent ASAP. Well, after the baby’s born, anyway.