The Mick was a standout this pilot season, a lower-profile comedy from first-time creators, John Chernin and Dave Chernin, which came in surprisingly strong, becoming an instant frontrunner and landing one of the only two series berths Fox gave to its six comedy pilots. Part of the credit for the success of the pilot goes to the director, Randall Einhorn, who had worked with the Chernin brothers and Kaitlin Olson, cast as the lead in The Mick, on FX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. At the time, he had no deal beyond the pilot because he was tied to ABC’s The Muppets. But when that show was canceled and he became available, The Mick producer 20th TV jumped in to lock in Einhorn with a deal that will keep him on the show as director/executive producer, helming several more episodes of the comedy’s initial 13-episode order. Additionally, he will likelydirect another pilot for the studio next season.
“When John and Dave brought us their hilarious script for the pilot, we of course agreed that Randall should direct it, as they’d all done such brilliant work together on It’s Always Sunny,” said 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis. “He turned in a flawless pilot, which runs the gamut from big, physical set pieces to incredibly nuanced, comedic takes. We of course wanted to ensure he’d continue as director/executive producer in series, but we also wanted to leave the door open for him to direct another pilot for us next year. We’re thrilled he said ‘yes.’”