Fox has picked up John Mulaney‘s young ensemble comedy to series. I hear the multi-camera project, from Universal TV, 3 Arts and Lorne Michaels‘ Broadway Video, has received an order for at least six episodes. Created and written by Saturday Night Live alum Mulaney, the series, tentatively titled Mulaney, stars him and Martin Short. Set in New York and based on Mulaney’s life and stand-up comedy, the show follows an aspiring comedian (Mulaney) coming of age under the influence of his boss (Short), his roommates and his neighbors. Mulaney’s pilot episode will be directed by Andy Ackerman. Michaels, Mulaney, Andrew Singer, Ackerman and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and David Miner executive produce. “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,” said Fox chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly. “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.”
The series pickup at Fox comes a year after the project was set up at NBC. There, it went to a pilot, also directed by Ackerman, and was in serious contention for a series pickup but missed the cut in May. The following month, the project was taken in by Fox in a script-to-series deal that also included talent holds on Mulaney and Short. Universal TV is becoming a major comedy series supplier for Fox. The network already has two half-hour series from the NBC-affiliated studio on the schedule: returning comedy The Mindy Project, which was also originally developed for NBC, and another vehicle toplined by an SNL alum, the Andy Samberg starrer Brooklyn Nine-Nine.