At long last, Mulaney finally found a place on the primetime line-up. Last year, NBC passed on the comedy series from Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney, but the comedy found new life at Fox, and is set to air on Sunday nights this fall. The trailer for Mulaney certainly offers some funny glimpses at this series. With a funny writer and a stellar cast, if this series delivers on its potential, we're in for a real treat.
Created and written by John Mulaney, with Lorne Michaels among the executive producers, Mulaney stars John Mulaney as himself, while the great Martin Short plays Lou cannon, the comedian Mulaney is hired to work for. Also among the cast are Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman and Elliot Gould, as well as SNL's Nasim Pedrad. Here's part of the official plot synopsis:
From Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”) comes MULANEY, a multi-camera ensemble comedy series about a rising stand-up comic 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. JOHN MULANEY is a 29-year-old comedian working the stand-up circuit and looking for his big break. But life drastically changes when self-centered comedy legend and game show host LOU CANNON (Emmy Award winner Martin Short, “SCTV,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Father of the Bride,” “Primetime Glick”) hires Mulaney as a writer.
Lou may be John’s entrée into the world of big-money show business, but he’s also a total nightmare. Still, the job represents everything Mulaney thinks he wants. But does he really? And, at what cost? And what does it say about him if he quits? And what does it say about him if he stays? And has Lou had work done?
It's not that we forgot how funny Martin Short is, but there are moments in the trailer that do well to remind us. John Mulaney's comedy is obviously a bit more current, and it's certainly a big reason to anticipate Mulaney, as is the promising cast.
It's going to be interesting to see how Mulaney performs. On one hand, fans of John Mulaney are likely eager to check out the new sitcom. On the other hand, multi-camera comedies haven't exactly thrived over at Fox. It's an interesting move on the network's part to set it up on Sunday night. Perhaps their animation domination block will give this new comedy a boost, especially factoring in the Family Guy lean-in. Mulaney won't be the only live-action comedy airing on Sunday night this fall either, as Fox has Brooklyn Nine-Nine set to air ahead of Family Guy. Check out the full Fox 2014-2015 lineup here.