‘Mulaney’ Ordered to Series by Fox

The Mulaney pilot, based on the real life of stand-up comedian John Mulaney was supposed to be one of the Fall’s safest bet. Critics were certain the pilot would be picked up to series by NBC, especially since it was being hailed by many as the second coming of Seinfeld and it was being backed by Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock executive producer Lorne Michaels. Then the Peacock passed and it seemed the project was dead until today, when Fox announced they were ordering Mulaney to series.

“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 Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for FOX in a statement. “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 multi-camera comedy will focus on Mulaney coming of age in New York City as his neighbors, roommates and boss (played by Martin Short) all influence his life choices.

Mulaney is a veteran comedian who has performed worldwide. He is best known for his work alongside Bill Hader on SNL.

There is no word yet on when Mulaney will air.