FOX has saved John Mulaney's comedy from being shelved for good. The network has picked up "Mulaney" to series after NBC passed on the pilot created and written by the comic, who is best known for his work as a writer on "Saturday Night Live".
With Lorne Michaels as executive producer, the multicamera comedy will also be a starring vehicle for Mulaney. The semi-autobiographical comedy is loosely based on his life and follows an aspiring comedian coming of age under the influence of his boss, his roommates and his neighbors.
"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. 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."
Emmy winner Martin Short, who co-starred on the NBC pilot, is still on board to play Mulaney's boss. Mulaney and Michaels will executive produce the show with 3 Arts' Dave Becky and Andrew Singe, while Andy Ackerman will direct the pilot for FOX.
"Mulaney" was originally developed last season for NBC but the Peacock decided to not move forward with it. Set in New York, the NBC pilot featured a cameo by Jimmy Fallon. "SNL" cast member Nasim Pedrad, Elliott Gould, Seaton Smith and Griffin Newman also co-starred in the NBC pilot. Aside from Short, it's unknown if any of these other actors will return for FOX's take.