Ava Alexander, Up All Night
Played By: Maya Rudolph
The only thing that has consistently worked on Up All Night has been Maya Rudolph, who breaks a warm, human presence to a show that's consistently squandered the talent involved with leaden scripts and cheap jokes about cohabitation and parenthood. It looks like her indenture on the show is finally coming to an end, now that Christina Applegate has jumped ship and Will Arnett is reportedly not far behind.
Rudolph's work has not gone unnoticed. She was offered a half-dozen pilots this season, all of which she turned down. She's hinted that she'd like to host a variety show, while she lets her sitcom scars heal. After this experience of watching NBC's desperate attempt to plug holes on a sinking ship while keep her trapped on board, who can blame her.