Fox Saves John Mulaney’s TV Show from the Grave

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Fox has given a series order to Mulaney (working title), a comedy created by Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney. The show was originally in development at NBC, but was not picked up this season.

The show’s Seinfeld-ian plot revolves around Mulaney as an aspiring comedian and the exploits of his boss, roommates and neighbors. A press release confirms that Martin Short will remain on the show as Mulaney’s boss, but makes no mention of whether original cast-members Nasim Pedrad and Elliott Gould will stay with the show when it moves to Fox.

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’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said.

It’s unclear why NBC passed on the show, which is executive-produced by Lorne Michaels, though it seems they grew tired of airing critically-acclaimed but barely-watched comedies like 30 Rock and went for more CBS-style sitcoms this year, like Sean Saves the World, Welcome to the Family and The Michael J. Fox Show.