FOX has added another comedy series to its roster, ordering a multi-camera show from comedian John Mulaney and producer Lorne Michaels.
Currently called “Mulaney,” the show centers on an aspiring comedian (Mulaney), his friends and his boss (Martin Short) at his day job. The show was initially developed for NBC, and FOX picked it up after the Peacock opted not to go forward. NBC sibling Universal Television is producing the show.
“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 says. “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.”
“Mulaney” had some decent buzz last pilot season, but NBC passed after deciding not to schedule more than one comedy block this season. FOX, meanwhile, stocked up on comedies and plans to air “Raising Hope” on Fridays later this fall. It also has three other shows — “Enlisted,” “Surviving Jack” and “Us & Them” — on hand for later in the season.
Mulaney has worked as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” since 2008 and created the Stefon character with Bill Hader. He’s appeared on screen in Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show” and “Important Things with Demetri Martin” in addition to a couple of bit parts on “SNL.”
Mulaney and Michaels will executive produce the FOX series along with pilot director Andy Ackerman (“Seinfeld”), David Miner, Dave Becky and Andrew Singer. There’s no word yet on the length of FOX’s series order or when “Mulaney” might premiere.