Up All Night creator Emily Spivey has signed a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. The pact comes two months after Spivey exited her NBC/Universal TV comedy series. Under the deal, Spivey will work on current series as well as develop new projects for the studio. Her first assignment will be serving as a co-executive producer on 20th TV’s upcoming Fox animated series Murder Police. This brings her back to the beginning of her career when she did gigs on another 20th TV/Fox animated series, King Of The Hill, as well as Fox’s late-night-sketch show MadTV. From there, she moved onto NBC’s Saturday Night Live where she spent a decade, most recently as writing supervisor, and shared in the show’s 2002 writing Emmy. Spivey also did a stint on NBC’s Parks & Recreation. “Emily is one of those unique, funny female voices that we have had our eyes on for some time—we’ve been big fans ever since she worked for us on King Of The Hill at the very start of her career,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “We believe she has a hit in her, and we want to be the studio which helps her achieve it.”
20th TV has been successful cultivating female writing talent and getting comedy series by female creators on the air, most recently with New Girl (Elizabeth Meriwether), Don’t Trust The B— (Nahnatchka Khan), Ben & Kate (Dana Fox) and the upcoming How To Live With Your Parents (Claudia Lonow).
Meanwhile, Up All Night has fallen apart since Spivey left. NBC had planned to retool the series as a multi-camera sitcom with a five-episode order but that plan suffered a major setback when star Christina Applegate left two weeks ago. NBC subsequently scaled back the plan to one multi-camera episode without Applegate before scrapping the idea altogether. Co-star Will Arnett already signed on for a pilot in second position, CBS’ untitled Greg Garcia, with fellow co-star Maya Rudolph fielding a ton of overall deal and pilot offers. Spivey is represented by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.
EXCLUSIVE: As NBC‘s sophomore comedy Up All Night transitions from a single- to multi-camera format, it will do so without the series creator/executive producer Emily Spivey, who has departed the show. There has been a lot … Read More »
Maya Rudolph and Emily Spivey (Up All Night), Jesse Spencer and David Shore (House), Howie Mandel and Jason Raff (America’s Got Talent), and Josh Meyers (The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway) have been added as presenters for the 2011 Primetime … Read More »
UPDATE 5:30 PM: And we’re done. Word is that NBC won’t be making more series pickups beyond the four shows from in-house studio UMS, thus prolonging the agony of producers awaiting word on the fate of their pilots until tomorrow. Also, I hear that the UMS-produced pilots that didn’t get a nod today are not necessarily dead, with dramas Grimm and Reconstruction said to be alive, and possibly comedies Bent, Parham/St. Clair and Dan Goor.
UPDATE 5:20 PM: The Emily Spivey comedy, starring Christina Applegate as a professional woman and new mom, is now officially a go as a series order with a new name, Up All Night.
PREVIOUS 4:55 PM: NBC opened its own pickup season today with a series order to the untitled Whitney Cummings comedy pilot, now titled Whitney, a romantic comedy created by and starring the racy comedienne; the Broadway-themed Smash, exec produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Debra Messing; and Prime Suspect, a Maria Bello-starring adaptation of the classic British series. A pickup of the untitled Emily Spivey comedy starring Christina Applegate is also said to be under way. It seems like NBC is starting off by ordering the projects from its own studios (all four pilots above are from UMS) before moving onto outside suppliers, such as 20th TV, which has hot dramas REM and The Playboy Club as well as Metro, which is also in contention, and Warner Bros, which has the Chelsea Handler comedy in contention, while its Wonder Woman appears doubtful and Mann’s World highly unlikely at the moment. Read More »
NBC’s untitled Emily Spivey comedy pilot is building a star-studded cast. Arrested Development alum Will Arnett has closed a deal to join Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph in the project, executive produced by Saturday Night Live honcho Lorne … Read More »
Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph is reuniting with her former SNL boss Lorne Michaels, ex-SNL writer Emily Spivey and NBC on Spivey’s comedy pilot for the peacock network, which Michaels is executive producing.
Word is Rudolph is set for the … Read More »
NBC and Lorne Michaels have won the Christina Applegate sweepstakes. The actress, who had been inundated by offers this pilot season, has closed a deal to topline NBC’s untitled Emily Spivey comedy pilot, lifting the contingency on the project. The … Read More »