Get ready for less of Fox’s Mulaney.
EW has confirmed that the network has cut its initial 16-episode order to 13 episodes, wrapping production just in time before starting work on its 14th episode. READ FULL STORY
Former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney’s maiden voyage into the sitcom world took quite a beating even before Sunday night’s premiere. The idea was sound: Mulaney’s stand-up demeanor reminds more than a few observers of Jerry Seinfeld (who had a big TV show once upon a time), and Mulaney himself has often referenced how influenced and inspired he was by The Cosby Show. The comic was also one of the brains behind Bill Hader’s character Stefon, one of the best recurring characters in SNL‘s history.
Why wouldn’t NBC assume that Mulaney would be a slam dunk? But then the show actually got made, and suddenly panic set in. The pilot was not to NBC’s liking, and even after some re-tooling, the network passed on it. The first episode was completely re-done, and that version of the kickoff is what aired on Fox, the network that rescued the show from developmental purgatory. READ FULL STORY
Fox is betting on its new sitcom Mulaney. The network Tuesday ordered 10 more episodes of the show — bringing its total to 16 — from Saturday Night Live scribe and stand-up comic John Mulaney. The series, about a rising stand-up comedian (Mulaney) trying to take his career to the next level, also stars comedy legends Martin Short (who plays his boss) and Elliott Gould (his neighbor), as well as SNL alum Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, and Zack Pearlman, who play his three NYC roommates.
Mulaney shoots before a live audience, something that was very important to John. “I wanted to do the type of live-audience multi-camera sitcoms that I grew up on, and I have been working in stand-up and have been performing for live audiences,” he told EW. “And obviously, SNL is on a set in front of a live audience. I was used to writing for and judging stuff by a live audience, and I love the energy of it.” He says of comparisons to another show centered on a stand-up comedian, the iconic Seinfeld: “If we are a 10th as good as they are, we will be lucky.”
Check out EW’s exclusive first look at the cast in action below: READ FULL STORY
Fox has faith in John Mulaney.
The network has its extended its order for Mulaney, the sitcom starring the Saturday Night Live writer, from 6 episodes to 16. The comedian tweeted about the news early Wednesday morning:
FOX made this a great night by picking up my show “Mulaney” for 10 more episodes. I am thrilled. Sincerely. Call me with any questions.
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) May 7, 2014