UPDATED: Fox has made its first episodic comedy order this pre-upfront week, but it didn’t go one of its pilots. Instead, the network has ordered 10 more episodes of Mulaney, its multi-camera ensemble comedy created by and starring John Mulaney. And I hear that, with three comedy series — New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project — already renewed for next year, and three straight-to-series new half-hours, Mulaney, Last Man On Earth starring Will Forte (for midseason) and Weird Loners starring Becki Newton on deck, the network might not be picking up any comedy pilots to series, or if it does, it may be as few as just one. Fox brass have not been particularly high on this season’s batch of pilot unlike the drama pilots, which all got to series. The order to Mulaney is an indication of that. Of the comedy pilots, Sober Companion is considered a front-runner, with Cabot College in the running and Dead Boss also in the mix.
Mulaney originated as a pilot at NBC last season. After NBC passed last May, Fox took in the project for redevelopment and in October picked it up to series with a straight-to-series six-episode order. Jon Pollack was brought in as showrunner. There were minor casting changes, and a new pilot episode was shot, directed by Andy Ackerman. It screened along with Fox’s regular pilots and was very well received, leading to the supersizing of the order.
Mulaney, from Universal TV, Broadway Video and 3 Arts, centers on a rising stand-up comic (Mulaney) trying to take his career to the next level and the friends and mentors who lift him up, hold him back and push him around. Martin Short co-stars as the boss, and Elliott Gould, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith and Zack Pearlman round out the cast. Mulaney is exec produced by Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Dave Becky, Jon Pollack, Andrew Singer and Ackerman.
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