According to Deadline Hollywood , NBC has decided to convert its family comedy "Up All Night", which has been struggling in the ratings this season, from a single-camera to a multi-camera format. Episode 11, which wraps production next week, will be the last episode of the show in the single-camera format. Production will then shut down for a three-month hiatus to convert the stage and set to multi-cam tapings in front of a live audience, during which time the show’s writers will work on scripts. "Up All Night"‘s new showrunner this season, Tucker Cawley, comes from a very strong multi-camera background as one of the top writer-producers on CBS’s "Everybody Loves Raymond', as does "Up All Night" creator/executive producer Emily Spivey, a "Saturday Night Live" veteran.
"Up All Night' will go back into production in February on 5 multi-camera episodes. That will bring the total for the show’s second season to 16 episodes, up from the original 13 ordered in May. "Up All Night' will remain on the air until December, when all of the 11 single-camera episodes will have aired. The show will make its multi-camera debut in April/May.
The idea for the conversion came from "Up All Night" executive producer, SNL honcho Lorne Michaels, who had been looking for a way to infuse the show with more energy. Another single-camera NBC comedy he executive produces, "30 Rock", has done successful live multi-camera episodes. “We know what the multi-camera audience does for the live episodes of 30 Rock, plus after seeing both Maya and Christina do SNL within the past few months, we knew we had the kind of performers — Will Arnett included — who love the reaction from a live audience,” said NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. “We think we can make a seamless tradition to the new format. Also, we’re committed to the multi-camera form and this will give us another show to consider for next season in this new format.” The network has two multi-cam shows on the air right now, freshman "Guys With Kids" and sophomore "Whitney".