The third season of The Mindy Project just got bigger. Variety reports that Fox has ordered an additional six episodes of the Mindy Kaling-created Tuesday night series, bringing its total season order up to 21 episodes (its first and second seasons had 22 and 24 episodes, respectively). Meanwhile, Fox's struggling freshman sitcom Mulaney has not been as lucky on Sunday nights between its chopped season order and time slot switch with Bob's Burgers.
John Mulaney's sitcom premieres this Sunday, and while fans and critics across the board agree that Mulaney himself is a talented and likable writer/performer, between the endless Seinfeld comparisons (in reviews and the actual show) and the series' long evolution from an NBC pilot to Fox series, he's had to face an unusually harsh response from TV critics over the past few weeks. So far, Mulaney has been called a "contrived, airless comedy" (Huffington Post), "something a dutiful student might have produced for his final project in his 'Tropes and Themes in the 1990s Sitcom' class" (Time), and labeled doomed to fail by The Hollywood Reporter: "There is no saving a show this heinous."
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Mulaney's premiere on Fox is a month away, but in the meantime the network released the above 22-minute preview featuring some clips from the show as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with Mulaney, Lorne Michaels, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman, and Elliott Gould. The preview is heavy on clips of Mulaney's standup and light on clips of what he calls the "throwback sitcom" format, but at least we know now that Andre is acceptably annoying because he's a weed dealer.
Word has come down this week that SNL cast members Noël Wells, John Milhiser, and Brooks Wheelan have been let go from the show after one season, with Nasim Pedrad also leaving to work as a regular on Mulaney (a move that has long been anticipated) and Mike O'Brien's status currently in talks. Their departures don't come as too huge a shock — as we recapped at the end of last season, the three saw little screen time and had few memorable moments during the season. And while it must come as a disappointment to those actors and their fans, let's not forget that at least a third of everyone [...]
Fox is putting a lot of faith behind comedian and former SNL writer John Mulaney's upcoming multi-cam show Mulaney. THR reports that the network has ordered an additional 10 episodes of the series, totaling the current order to 16 episodes. The move is part of Fox's new approach to ordering shows, in which they've done away with pilot season completely and instead have been giving straight-to-series orders. Mulaney's cast also includes Martin Short, Elliott Gould, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman, and SNL cast member Nasim Pedrad, whose future on the NBC sketch show is now up in the air considering the new 10-episode order for Mulaney will tape in [...]