UPDATED: Fox has assembled the cast of its recently picked up John Mulaney ensemble comedy series, and it is very close to the project’s original cast when it was a pilot at NBC last season. Back in June, producer Universal TV extended the options of creator/star Mulaney and co-star Martin Short who were the only ones attached when the multi-camera project moved to Fox and was subsequently picked up straight to series with a six-episode order. But the producers had made it known that they intended to bring back several other cast members. New deals have now been completed with Elliott Gould, Saturday Night Live‘s Nasim Pedrad and Seaton Smith, who co-starred in the pilot. Gould and Pedrad will reprise their roles, while Smith’s character Motif will now be one of John’s roommates, replacing Seymour, played in the pilot by Griffin Newman. Zack Pearlman has been cast for a newly conceived character that wasn’t in the pilot. Set in New York, and based on the life and stand-up comedy of Mulaney, the series follows aspiring comedian John (Mulaney) coming of age under the influence of his over-the-top boss (Short), who was a major stand-up comedian in the 1980’s and 90’s and now hosts a game show, his roommates and his neighbors.
Fox has picked up John Mulaney‘s young ensemble comedy to series. I hear the multi-camera project, from Universal TV, 3 Arts and Lorne Michaels‘ Broadway Video, has received an order for at least six episodes. Created and written by Saturday Night Live alum Mulaney, the series, tentatively titled Mulaney, stars him and Martin Short. Set in New York and based on Mulaney’s life and stand-up comedy, the show follows an aspiring comedian (Mulaney) coming of age under the influence of his boss (Short), his roommates and his neighbors. Mulaney’s pilot episode will be directed by Andy Ackerman. Michaels, Mulaney, Andrew Singer, Ackerman and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and David Miner executive produce. “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 Fox chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly. “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.”
‘SNL’s Nasim Pedrad To Star In NBC’s John Mulaney Comedy Pilot, Michael Nathanson Joins CBS’ Rottenberg/Zuritsky Comedy
With time on pilot castings running out, Lorne Michaels called upon his Saturday Night Live co-star Nasim Pedrad for a lead role in NBC’s untitled John Mulaney multi-camera comedy pilot, which Michaels is executive producing. Written/exec produced by Mulaney and exec produced by Robert Carlock, the project is a young ensemble loosely based on Mulaney’s life. It centers on John (Mulaney), whose naïve and often pointles, desire to “be a good person” challenges his friendship with his roommates, the sweet, intelligent, and lazy Jane (Pedrad) and Seymour (Griffin Newman). Elliott Gould and Martin Short co-star. If the pilot doesn’t go forward, CAA-repped Pedrad is expected to continue on SNL, where she has been since 2009.