Friday, May 10th, 2013

NBC Passes on 'Mulaney'

Following a flurry of sitcom cancellations, NBC has opted not to pick up the pilot for SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney's new sitcom Mulaney. An ensemble multi-camera show staring Mulaney, Martin Short, Elliott Gould, SNL's Nasim Pedrad, and stand-ups Griffin Newman and Seaton Smith and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Mulaney seems like a slam-dunk on paper. I attended the pilot taping, and it was super funny, so it comes as a huge disappointment that NBC opted not to pick up the show. The pilots they did pick up had better be good.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chrishudson918 Chris Hudson


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699648889 Michael Mischnick

    How do the people in charge of comedies at NBC still have jobs?

  • Jordan Welker

    someone needs to post the pilot, now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737945599 Matt Levy

    Biggest mistake of pilot season.

  • K.G.G.

    Sounds like a 30 Rock or Community type show all over again. Quirky niche show is clearly not profitable for a network. They're looking for a hit like Modern Family. People whining about this not being picked up clearly don't understand the TV biz.

    • roomgames

      Yes, and that's why 1600 PENN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, WHITNEY, THE NEW NORMAL, GO ON, NEXT CALLER, GUYS WITH KIDS, and the multi-cam version of UP ALL NIGHT have been so successful and turned everything around for NBC.

  • Joey

    If I hadn't been at the taping and witnessed the pilot, I think I would be really, really broken up about this. Considering Mulaney might be my favorite stand-up and the other talent involved (Short, Carlock), it had a lot of "on paper" potential.

    But this was NOT a good pilot. Nearly every joke was stale and every character a lame old trope (Gay neighbor! Black friend! Drunken lush girl!). I was shocked, SHOCKED, watching it. How could Mulaney, a guy with such a sharp wit and a unique voice, write such dreck? it felt like a first draft, honestly.

    Not surprised this didn't make it. Though obviously, it's surely better than a bunch of other stuff that got picked up and I'm also sure it had a possibility of a becoming great show (the first episode of Seinfeld, for instance, is unwatchable and stilted).

  • Evan Roche

    God dammit, NBC,

  • http://davidsask.wordpress.com/ DavidSask

    This sounds good even with cast noting, best be some good reasons for total pass of it. Maybe after Lorne's last failure for them that was enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/red.golem.940 Red Headed Golem

    "The pilots they did pick up had better be good."
    …or else what?