The very popular comedian John Mulaney has spent most of his brilliant television career within the NBC universe, but that could be changing very soon. Mulaney might be taking his talents over to Fox. Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports the multi-camera sitcom, Mulaney, written by Mulaney with Lorne Michaels as executive producer may end up airing on Fox instead of NBC. The network has ordered a script rewrite and, depending on how good the new treatment is, may order six episodes. Mulaney and Martin Short are the only members of the original pilot's strong cast signed on to continue so far. Whether Michaels, another NBC stalwart, would continue as producer is also a question.
The show, loosely based on Mulaney's life, originally earned a pilot order from NBC to some fanfare. But the peacock passed on it last month. The move by NBC baffled most considering the pedigree behind the project. Besides Mulaney and Short, the cast was rounded out by bold-faced names like Elliot Gould and Saturday Night Live's Nasim Pedrad. With names like that involved, the expectations for the show were pretty high. But NBC decided not to pick up Mulaney for whatever reason and now one of the hottest comedy free agents might be going to a rival network.