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Fox Cuts 'Mulaney' Season Order from 16 to 13 Episodes

After bad ratings and bad reviews, here's some more bad news for Mulaney: THR reports that Fox has wrapped production on the freshman sitcom early and cut its season order down from 16 to 13 episodes, but for now there are no plans to move it from the 9:30pm Sunday night time slot. While Mulaney's ratings fared poorly during its series premiere earlier this month, its second episode saw a 10% increase thanks in part to its Family Guy lead-in — a sign of hope that Fox is counting on. According to THR, Will Forte's midseason sitcom Last Man on Earth will likely take Mulaney's [...]

John Mulaney on His New Fox Show, 'SNL,' and the Scars of Catholic Schooling

It's been nearly two years since news first broke that standup and former SNL writer John Mulaney landed his very own television show. Since then, Mulaney has evolved from a proposed NBC series to a highly anticipated Fox sitcom with the backing of executive producer Lorne Michaels and an all-star cast including Nasim Pedrad, Martin Short, and Elliott Gould. Ahead of Mulaney's series premiere this Sunday, I recently got the chance to talk with the man who co-created Stefon about how the pilot evolved from NBC to Fox, why he prefers the multi-cam sitcom format, and some of the misleading advice he took during [...]

Check Out a Preview for 'Mulaney' with Nasim Pedrad, Natasha Leggero, and More

A week ago Fox posted the above sneak peek of the upcoming debut season of Mulaney, and while it's tough to judge a new show based on a 30-second preview, one thing is for certain: "It's Andre!" is going to be the hottest TV catchphrase come October 5th.

Nasim Pedrad Confirms She's Unlikely to Return to 'SNL' Next Season

Many SNL fans have assumed that this past season would be Nasim Pedrad's last due to her new television role on Mulaney, and over the weekend, the SNL player was asked at the Austin Television Festival whether that's true and all but confirmed her departure in her response: "I haven't heard any official word so far, but…as far as I know, I'm in LA now."

Pedrad, who was hired on SNL in 2009, made a name for herself with recurring characters like Shallon and Bedelia and impersonations including Kim Kardashian, Barbara Walters, and Arianna Huffington. She's been attached to SNL writer John Mulaney's pilot [...]

Penny Marshall and Lorraine Bracco Are Playing a Lesbian Couple on 'Mulaney'

Fox's upcoming sitcom Mulaney, created by and starring standup John Mulaney, has started lining up guest stars. Penny Marshall and Lorraine Bracco have been cast as a lesbian couple who will appear in the show's second episode, TV Line reports. Marshall and Bracco will play Tutti and Vaughn, friends of Mulaney's neighbor Oscar (played by Elliott Gould). The series stars John Mulaney as an aspiring standup who writes for a game show hosted by Lou Cannon (Martin Short) and lives with rommate Jane (SNL's Nasim Pedrad). The series, which NBC passed on last spring, is expected to premiere on Fox later this year.

'Mulaney' Scores the Lowest Series Premiere Ratings This Fall

John Mulaney's new Fox sitcom premiered last night, and unfortunately the overnight ratings are just as bad as the reviews. According to Variety, the series premiere drew the lowest score of every fall series premiere this year with just 2.3 million viewers — just over 50% of its Family Guy-lead in, which itself was down 50% from last week's Simpsons/Family Guy crossover premiere. Compared to Mulaney, Fox's other comedies did notably better and at least broke the 3 million mark — The Simpsons (4.1M), Bob's Burgers (3.2M), Family Guy (3.7M), and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (3.3M) — so hopefully Mulaney finds a way to rebound next week before getting [...]

Paul F. Tompkins and John Mulaney Talk 'SNL,' Shirtless Commercial Auditions, and More

While you're waiting for the series premiere of Mulaney this Sunday, here's the newest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with special guest John Mulaney, who talks with Tompkins about his attempts at "adult talk" as a child, his time as an SNL writer, the power of the phrase "my wife," the pressure of creating and starring in a show called Mulaney, his shirtless Starburst commercial audition, and much more.

John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad Talk Leaving 'SNL' for Fox's 'Mulaney'

At TCA over the weekend, former SNLers John Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad got the opportunity to talk about leaving the long-running NBC sketch show to work on the upcoming Fox sitcom Mulaney, which is set to premiere on Sunday, October 5th. Aside from making a joke about how he directly copied Seinfeld, Mulaney went on to describe his intentions behind choosing the more traditional multi-cam format for his show: "I just remember thinking to myself, the type of show I want to do is the type of show that I grew up on. [I thought] it would be really cool to try to do one with my [...]

The Trailer for John Mulaney's Fox Show 'Mulaney' Is Finally Here

It's been nearly 14 months since John Mulaney's sitcom Mulaney was first considered by NBC, and now you can finally watch the trailer, which costars Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman, Martin Short, and Elliott Gould and is set to premiere on Fox this fall.

Nasim Pedrad to Co-Star in Fox's 'Mulaney', Potentially Leaving 'SNL'

Splitsider has learned that Saturday Night Live cast member Nasim Pedrad will be joining the cast of John Mulaney's upcoming Fox sitcom, Mulaney, which the network greenlit this morning. Pedrad starred in the original pilot for the show, which NBC produced and passed on last season, as one of Mulaney's roommates. At the end of last season, she was poised to leave SNL, where she's been a cast member since 2009, if NBC ordered the pilot to series. After this morning's news that Fox has ordered Mulaney to series, we know Pedrad will still be on the show, but we're awaiting confirmation about whether she's leaving SNL. It'd be impossible [...]

The Critics Are Not Being Kind to Fox's 'Mulaney'

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."

Mulaney's traditional [...]

Watch a 22-Minute Behind-the-Scenes 'Mulaney' Preview

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.

'SNL' Firing New Cast Members Displays a Show Still Deeply In Transition

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 Orders an Additional 10 Episodes of 'Mulaney'

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 [...]