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NBC Tweaks 'Up All Night' & 'The Playboy Club'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 1st 2011 5:00PM
Up All NightWho loves more Maya Rudolph? NBC is betting the answer to that question is, "Everybody loves more Maya Rudolph!"

The Peacock is tweaking 'Up All Night' (series premiere Sept. 14 at 10PM; timeslot premiere Wed., Sept. 21 at 8PM) to allow for more of the 'Saturday Night Live' veteran.

In the original pilot, Rudolph's character, Ava, and Christina Applegate's character, Reagan, played public relations executives. However, according to TVLine, Rudolph's character will be a "larger-than-life talk show host" and Applegate's character will now be her producer.

"We decided to change the workplace altogether to give Maya a better platform to do her thing," NBC's Robert Greenblatt told reporters at Monday's TCA panel.

No word on whether or not scenes from the pilot will be reshot or a completely new version will be shown to audiences.

Another change to a new NBC fall show includes 'The Playboy Club' losing Hugh Hefner's voice. The first episode features narration by the iconic Playboy boss, but according to TV Guide, producers are leaning toward ditching the voiceover. Don't except the show to ignore Hef altogether, his influence will be felt.

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