Ultimately, a script was written in which Applegate, Arnett and Rudolph played actors portraying the characters Reagan, Chris and Ava on a fictional show called Up All Night. Off the show-within-a-show, Arnett’s character would live at home with his mother, and Applegate’s would be dating. Rudolph’s real-life pregnancy was being written into the storyline — and included a “who’s the daddy?” twist.
It depends. Most of the time they like letting their star get cross-promotion. In this case, with renewed interest in Will, it will do more to bring new viewers to UAN than turn them away. Think about what Carrell’s movies did for The Office!
Hurtwitz hinted at the festival that each episode will center around a different character from the series so that they aren’t required to be on set as often. hollywoodreporter.com/news/arrested-development-5-things-know-series-return-243081
Very promising pilot if a little disjointed. Once they figure out the workplace element and how to make Maya Rudolph’s character more than an amusing sideshow they could really have something. There’s a lot of talent at play here, from the cast to the creator to the production team (Lorne Michael’s name is on it), but the pilot may have fallen victim to too much studio and network meddling. There’s enough good to remain cautiously optimistic.
In the pilot Rudolph and Christina Applegate were coworkers at a public relations firm, now NBC exec Robert Greenblatt is saying that Rudolph will be, “a larger-than-life talk show host, and Christina will play her producer.”