Former SNL writer and hilarious stand-up John Mulaney has had a network show in the works for quite some time now. It was looking like a go at NBC but then the peacock decided not to pick it up and I thought that was the end for his self-titled, semi-autobiographical show. Good news today though, FOX has decided to give it a series order for at least 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 chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly. Martin Short also stars as John’s boss alongside (possibly soon to be former) SNL cast member Nasim Pedrad as the quirky roommate. I love Mulaney’s brand of comedy and I’m thrilled that FOX is taking the chance that NBC didn’t want to take.
As the guy who co-created Stefon, he has at least earned a chance at a network sitcom. I have not seen the pilot but it received generally positive reviews and displayed a lot of potential. Mulaney’s show will be the third from Universal TV to find a home on Fox, joining The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I could see NBC really regret letting Mulaney get away and I’m thrilled he’s getting the chance with his own show.