Christina Applegate leaving “Up All Night”

Just as NBC was revamping the comedy series

Topics: up all night, Christina Applegate, Television, NBC, sitcom,

Deadline is reporting that Christina Applegate, star of NBC’s comedy “Up All Night,” is quitting unexpectedly:

“It’s been a great experience working on ’Up All Night,’ but the show has taken a different creative direction, and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors,” Applegate said. “Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true, and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, and I wish them the best always.”

The sophomore comedy was in the middle of a major revamp and will have to scramble to find a star to replace Applegate; some sources point to “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow, while others have told Deadline that “the show is now dead.”

NBC has not yet commented on Applegate’s departure.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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