Last spring NBC passed on the opportunity to bring the awesome John Mulaney to television with a new Lorne Michaels produced sitcom loosely based on his life as a stand-up comic. The reason, we’re assuming is they wanted to put all their eggs in the Welcome To The Family basket. And with that news we all thought the show would never see the light of day. That’s until this summer with rumblings that FOX was interested in developing the show, targeting audiences that weren’t necessarily all about the family comedy.
Today it was announced that FOX is moving forward with it’s plans to get John Mulaney on the air, giving the show a series order. There’s no episode count yet and the show has been reworked, with the only two original cast members currently reported being the stand-up comic himself and Martin Short who was slated to play his boss. The NBC pilot did feature another SNL-er Nasim Pedrad
but her involvement isn’t clear at the moment and she appears to still be on the show and possibly leaving SNL to accommodate the schedule.
“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,” Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said. “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.”
This seems to be a trend of late with NBC passing on talent from its ranks allowing for other networks to pick it up. They passed on a Tina Fey sitcom (but to their defense already had one in development) and passed on Mindy Kaling’s post The Office show The Mindy Project which ended up on FOX. Now if we can figure out how to get FOX to get that Jim Gaffigan pilot moving.