Road to the Emmys 2012: The Actress
producer of the morning talkshow “Ava,” the other as the breadwinner for her newborn daughter, Amy, and out-of-work husband, Chris (Will Arnett). “There are these households with stay-at-home dads and working moms, and exploring that is modern,” Applegate says. “It’s not something we’ve seen.” That dynamic was appealing to Applegate, as was the show’s ability to turn its initial premise — the plight of new parents — into something universal. “The show became about three friends, not just a baby,” she says. “(The advertising) might have scared people off.” “Up All Night” has been picked up for a second season and Applegate believes the rapport among herself and co-stars Arnett and Maya Rudolph is the key to the show’s amicable charm. And she feels there’s no reason why laffs can’t be drawn from the good times as parents, not the disastrous moments. “Comedy doesn’t have to come out of a heated argument,” she says. “These are the kinds of people who give each other a high five for completing the baby’s bath together.”
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