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Up All Night returns for second season with original cast and Sean Hayes

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It’s the chemistry of “Up All Night” stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Randolph that makes this sitcom so good, states NBC; while adding Sean Hayes to season 2.

The season 2 premiere of “Up All Night” – Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8:30/7:30c – asks: “Can Reagan and Chris balance a new houseguest and a frenzy of career changes?” While chemistry certainly has a lot to do with NBC asking “Up All Night” back for a second season – after its debut season creating a lot of buzz among fellow 30-something new moms and dads – the network only asked for half as many episodes of Up All Night for season 2, states that also credited the chemistry of the cast and how fans can look forward to surprises. In turn, Sean Hayes returns to the sitcom circuit – after leaving his role as “Jack” on the popular “Will and Grace." But, this time Hayes is playing in “an amusing arc” - as a sort of return to old Jack who was also a passive-aggressive - but this time he’s the nemesis to Ava (Maya Rudolph), states the premier’s teaser for future episodes of Up All Night.

Hayes told TV Guide recently that “my character, Walter, used to be Ava’s musical accompanist. When Ava got the talk show that catapulted her to stardom, I assumed she would bring me along. When that didn’t happen, Walter built up years of resentment. We run into each other at a children’s party and rekindle a friendship. It doesn’t come out until later as how angry I am.”

Season cut in half, Hayes added for comic relief

The big news for season 2 of “Up All Night” – that returns Sept. 20 - is the addition of “Will and Grace” star Sean Hayes to the cast that includes the original cast featuring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Maya Randolph, Jennifer Hall and Luka Jones.

Thus, NBC announced it on its website back in May that after a successful first season of 24 episodes it’s being renewed, but with a much-reduced (code for more reruns) second season of only 13 episodes. Budget issues were noted in various blogs after NBC announced the fall premiere dates of such shows as “Up All Night.”

So with the second season only being half of the original, the Tweeting speculation is for “more action, fun and chaos,” say fans.

Serious undertones will mix up things in season 2

Because the second season of “Up All Night” has been cut in half, the new season say its stars will likely move away from the “Ava” TV show – the focus for season one with Maya Rudolph playing Ava – and returning to Reagan at home with more “personal” stories that those who follow the show on social media say they “like to relate to Christina dealing with baby issues like I do, like we do.”

Previews for the show also feature “serious moments” state Tweets and blogs about this popular show that seems to “touch a nerve with the people who watch TV and spend a lot of time with family issues.”

Thus, promotions for the new season of “Up All Night” don’t seem to dance around issues facing new parents who are also - upwardly mobile and want to do stuff out in the world after dark with their vehicles or tech-stuff- but can’t always do that due to family. One fan wrote in a blog how “I look to forward again to these (Up All Night) couples dealing with the same issues of mixing workplace with home.”

Applegate bounces back on Up All Night

Overall, this show is a wonderful coming back for Christina Applegate as Reagan Brinkley and her real life after fighting and beating cancer, say fans almost collectively on social media in recent years about how much they admire and love Applegate.

Thus, fans “just like watching Christina as healthy and happy,” wrote one fan.

For season one of “Up All Night, Applegate played Reagan, who recently had a child but works in the crazy world of TV. In real-life, Applegate was the first cast member signed for the series, states the website that also praises Applegate as “producer for the series.” She owns it.

But it’s been a difficult life journey for Applegate in recent years.

For instance, it was just two years prior to starting work up on Up All Night - on Aug. 3, 2008 - that People magazine broke the sad news that Applegate had breast cancer.

In turn, Applegate’s agent confirmed that the star had been diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer.

After treatment, Applegate made a full recovery and it was announced on Aug. 19, 2008 that she was “cancer free after a double mastectomy, even though cancer was found in only one breast.” The report also noted how Applegate had an “inherited genetic fault, A BRCA1 mutation, which often triggers breast cancer.

Also, People magazine noted that Applegate’s mother, Nancy Priddy, is a breast cancer survivor. Applegate told People that when she was first diagnosed: "I was just shaking and then also immediately, I had to go into 'take-care-of-business-mode' which included a change to a more healthy diet.”

Thus, co-star Will Arnett as Reagan’s (Applegate) “Up All Night” husband – a former lawyer and now a stay-at-home dad – must try and balance being Mr. Mom with being Mr. Cool-guy husband.

And, it’s always fun to see Maya Rudolph playing about as Ava Alexander who seems really lost in her life; thus exposing the real serious side of Up All Night that often laments having morals and being faithful in marriage and in other relationships.

Fans seem to love “Up All Night”

Up All Night has been a fan-favorite from the “get-go” state reviews abpit how the show grabs the attention of young married couples with babies and young children to care for while trying to still be young and fun and working hard for more money and career opportunities.

Thus, the series was nominated for “Favorite New TV Comedy” at the 38th People’s Choice Awards, with Rudolph receiving a nomination for best supporting actress for a series at the Satellite Awards.

Fans of “Up All Night” can catch-up on season 1 on the program’s NBC website; while noting the season 2 return is set for Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8:30/7:30c. However, with the second season only featuring half as many episodes, fans can expect more “fast-paced” episodes that focus more on “funny bits” with the stars in comedy situations featuring their long-suffering work mates, friends and kids.

Image source of Christina Applegate who was the first cast member to sign up for the sitcom “Up All Night” that returns for a second season Sept. 20. Photo courtesy Wikipedia

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