In a long-awaited move, Fox has saved from the scrap bin the excting John Mulaney project that NBC passed on earlier this year. Mulaney, with executive producer Lorne Michaels, was the hot pilot that everyone was talking about. When NBC decided it wanted to go in a family-friendly sitcom direction with shows like Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show, the Peacock Network tossed the comedian’s pilot aside.
However, Fox has greenlighted the show for, allegedly, a six-episode order. “John is one of the sharpest and most skilled next-generation comedic voices out there,” said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. The series centers around an aspiring comedian (Mulaney) in New York City and comments on his comical situations with his boss (played by Martin Short), roommates and neighbors.
This follows a trend of semi-autobiographical sitcoms from stand-up comedians such as Marc Maron’s Maron, Louie, the recently greenlighted Garfunkel & Oates, and in-development projects like Jim Gaffigan’s pilot.