Martin Short in Talks for John Mulaney’s NBC Pilot
Living comedy legend Martin Short is in talks to star alongside stand-up/SNL writer John Mulaney in his new untitled NBC pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Short is “wrapping up negotiations” to play the role of game show host Lou Cannon in the ensemble multi-cam comedy. Lou Cannon is the boss of Mulaney’s character, who writes jokes for his game show. Mulaney created the show, and he’s producing it alongside Lorne Michaels, Dave Becky (Louie), and 30 Rock producers David Miner and Andrew Singer. Besides Short’s SNL appearances, this could be the first project he and Lorne Michaels have worked on together since The Three Amigos in 1986, which Michaels produced/co-wrote and Short starred in. If Short takes the job and the pilot gets picked up to series, it’ll be his first regular TV gig since his one-season stint on FX’s legal thriller Damages in 2010. If anything can pull NBC out of last place, it’s the team of John Mulaney, Martin Short, and Lorne Michaels.