John Mulaney sitcom saved: Fox orders former NBC project

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Hot comic John Mulaney is coming to primetime after all.

One of the most promising-sounding pilots from earlier this year has been officially salvaged by Fox with a series order.

Originally developed at NBC, the former Saturday Night Live writer’s pilot was denied a series commitment earlier this year despite having SNL chieftain Lorne Michaels as executive producer and a cameo in the pilot by in-house talent Jimmy Fallon. NBC was seemingly aiming for more CBS-style broad family comedies this round like Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show. But now Fox has greenlit the show for, we’re hearing, six episodes). “John is one of the sharpest and most skilled next-generation comedic voices out there, who also happens to be surrounded by the best of the best on this new show,” said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly.

With a very Seinfeld-ian set-up, the pilot is set in New York and follows an aspiring comedian (Mulaney) coming of age under the influence of his boss, roommates and neighbors. Fox confirmed Martin Short, who plays Mulaney’s boss, remains on the show, but cast-mates Nasim Pedrad and Elliott Gould may be out.

Check out our list of shocking pilot season rejects this year in addition to Mulaney’s. And in completely unrelated news that we’re certain has nothing to do with Mulaney’s pickup, did you see how Dads performed last night?

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