Fox Picks Up Comedy Series from ‘SNL’ Writer John Mulaney & Lorne Michaels

By October 2, 2013
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John Mulaney

Last season, NBC was developing a new comedy series from “Saturday Night Live” writer John Mulaney, but it didn’t get picked up. Now Mulaney has a second chance, and he has the help of the late night sketch series creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels.

Deadline reports Mulaney is back with a new ensemble comedy, and this time Fox has picked it up for a six-episode series order (which could always increase). Universal Television, 3 Arts and Michaels’ Broadway Video banner are behind the new series which is tentatively titled “Mulaney” and would star the stand-up comedian and comedy veteran Martin Short.

The new series is set in New York City, taking cues from Mulaney’s real-life and stand-up comedy specials. Like many first-time series from comedians, the series will follow Mulaney as an aspiring comedian as he learns the ropes from his boss (Short), and his colorful roommates and neighbors. For a taste of Mulaney’s comedic style, watch one of his bits from the special “New in Town” right here:

The new show is not much different from the series Mulaney tried to get off the ground at NBC (right down to Martin Short co-starring), but a new pilot will be shot for Fox anyway. Veteran TV director Andy Ackerman will be at the helm of the pilot (again), and with a history that includes staples like “Cheers,” the spin-off “Frasier,” the iconic “Seinfeld” and recent series like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” Mulaney is in good hands. Fox’s chairman of entertainment, Kevin Reilly, says:

“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. I am personally thrilled to be working with Lorne Michaels again, a friend and show business hero who knows better than anyone how to build a show around talent. Add in the comedy magic of Marty Short and the seasoned hand of Andy Ackerman, and I believe we have the makings of something really special here.”

Fox is quickly becoming the popular destination for great comedy with their Tuesday line-up kicking ass. “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” are great holdovers and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a great new comedy that just needs an uptick in the ratings. “Dads” is a huge misstep, but maybe that’s where “Mulaney” can come in improve the schedule. There’s a lot of potential with this new series, and we can’t wait for the premiere.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.