You have most likely read about the major TV networks cancelling dozens of their shows from last season (including SH#T My Dad Says). Of course, this opens up the upcoming Fall season with some opportunities to break out new ideas. One show that should be on your radar is UP ALL NIGHT. See clip above. This new comedy starring Christina Applegate, a mom who has a successful career and party’s hard , while funnyman Will Arnett becomes a stay-at-home-dad.
Up All Night: Wednesdays on NBC (8-8:30 p.m. ET), beginning Fall 2011
Voice of TV: From Emily Spivey (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”) and legendary Emmy Award-winning producer Lorne Michaels, comes “Up All Night,” a modern take on parenthood that shows the challenges of balancing a career, marriage and a new baby. Christina Applegate (“Samantha Who?”) stars as Reagan, a successful public relations executive, and Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) plays Chris, Reagan’s supportive, stay-at-home husband. The two have just become parents – a surprise that has set their lives on a new path as responsible adults — for the most part. Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids”) stars as Ava, Reagan’s outlandish boss and best friend, whose whirlwind social escapades serve as constant reminders of Reagan’s former carefree life. James Pumphrey (“High Road”) portrays Brian, Reagan’s socially awkward hipster assistant.
Parenthood and Modern Family have done well with laughs, ratings, and serving up a progressive view on parenthood. Therefore, I am not surprised, but I am excited to see yet another comedy thrust into the mix that highlights a modern family – mom is the breadwinner / father is active & involved primary caregiver. Of course, the show could be a bust and ridicule stay at home fatherhood. That said, I am a big believer in the more the media highlights these types of progressive families, the more socially accepted it will become within our society. Stay tuned!