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Linda Wallem, a co-creator of the hit Showtime series Nurse Jackie, has finalized a deal to become showrunner of the sophomore NBC sitcom Up All Night as it moves to a multicamera format this spring, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Wallem also is getting a rich two-year overall deal with the network’s sister studio Universal Television, which produces the Christina Applegate–Will Arnett–Maya Rudolph comedy with Lorne Michaels‘ Broadway Video. Up All Night creator Emily Spivey will stay with the rebooted show, but current showrunner Tucker Cawley, a veteran of Everybody Loves Raymond, is departing to work as a consulting producer on Fox’s The Mindy Project. He will continue to develop for Universal TV under his deal there.
NBC announced in October that Up All Night, a single-camera comedy that has struggled in the ratings despite its high-profile cast, would be re-conceived as a multicamera sitcom when the show returns from a winter hiatus in the spring. Five episodes are scheduled to air, bringing its total season order to 16. The move is a bid to cut costs and hopefully add a creative spark to the series, which features several actors with live performance experience. Sources say the actors were unhappy with the creative direction of the show.
Wallem will be reunited with NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, with whom she worked closely at Showtime when he ran that network. Wallem co-created Nurse Jackie with Liz Brixius but the duo left the show after its fourth season. Wallem has been doing some consulting for Whitney, another ratings-challenged NBC sitcom.
Wallem is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.
Email: Matthew.Belloni@thr.com; Twitter: @THRMattBelloni
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