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'Up All Night' Casts 'America's Got Talent' Host Nick Cannon

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 15th 2011 9:10PM
Nick CannonNick Cannon's got talent. Before his stint hosting NBC's hit competition 'America's Got Talent,' and long before he became Mr. Mariah Carey, Cannon made his living as an actor.

Looks like he's getting back to his roots -- in a move that can only be filed under "corporate synergy," NBC has tapped their charming 'Talent' host to join the cast of their new fall sitcom, 'Up All Night.'

Starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as new parents struggling to find balance in their lives while raising a baby, the show might not be too far off from Cannon's real life. (His twins with wife Carey were born in April.)

The series also stars 'Saturday Night Live' alum Maya Rudolph as Ava, the host of a talk show that Applegate's character produces. TV Guide is reporting that Cannon will play Calvin, Ava's "energetic" co-host whose popularity makes her incredibly jealous.

Rudolph's character was originally imagined as a high-powered publicist, but the change in workplace opened up the show to even more casting possibilities.

And as if more Nick Cannon wasn't enough, NBC has scheduled it so viewers will have an entire night of Nick Cannon come September. 'Up All Night' is using the post-'AGT' season finale slot to preview their show (Thurs., Sept., 14, 10PM ET) before the freshman series moves to its regular 8PM ET timeslot the following week.

'Up All Night' has also cast 'Nip/Tuck' alum Jennifer Hall to play Ava's insecure assistant Missy.

Do you like this casting move? Does it make you more or less excited to see the show?

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