Up All Night
is gearing up for its upcoming second season by adding new faces and slightly changing the format of the series. NBC revealed on the show's official page on Facebook
that Will and Grace
actor Sean Hayes will be joining the cast in a multi-episode arc as Ava's (Maya Rudolph) former accompanist.
The arrival of Hayes' character coincides with the new direction of Up All Night
as it pulls the plug on the Ava
show (the show-within-a-show format) in favor of "smaller, lower-key home stories" as revealed by A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff
. And in spite of the cancellation of Ava's talk show, NPR's Monkey See blog
assures fans that, "Maya Rudolph is not leaving." Evidently, Ava will be busy with other endeavors now that she has all the time in the world.
"I think that we realized that this character that we created is really fun when she's trying to look at her own life and figure stuff out," Rudolph said during the recent Television Critics Association press tour. "Her closest friend really has a family in place, and things are looking good for her, and I think she's starting to look at her own life and say, 'What do I have and what do I want?' which she probably didn't put first because she probably put career first."
"We always felt that these characters were at their best when they were kind of away from [the Ava show] hallways,"co-star Christina Applegate added. "[It] just felt sometimes like a vortex in there."
Meanwhile, TV Guide
has also announced the addition of Luke Jones as Reagan's younger brother, Scott. Jones, who appeared on Best Friends Forever
, joins the cast as a series regular. His character works as a contractor by trade and is a recently divorced dad to a young son. He is also expected to start a business venture with brother-in-law Chris (Will Arnett).
Up All Night kicks off its second season on Thursday, September 30 at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.
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