After switching networks and going through a format change, Mulaney has made its way on to Fox’s fall programming slate. The titular character and series creator John Mulaney originally developed a pilot for the show last year at NBC, but surprisingly, they passed on it. At that point, Mulaney was a single camera comedy. When Fox took on the project and eventually ordered it to series, they transformed Mulaney into the traditional multi-cam sitcom format.
Mulaney offers up a glimpse of what might be a fresh, different take on the multi-cam sitcom. Since this is a series starring the hilarious John Mulaney, along with a fantastic cast that includes Martin Short, Naseem Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Elliot Gould, and Zack Pearlman, there’s already a smart, diverse comedic base for the series to work from. John Mulaney’s successes as a stand-up comedian and writer on SNL will hopefully offer up a sense of humor that toes the line between the expectations of a multi-cam set-up and audiences looking for more sharp, niche comedy. You can see all of this clearly in the series trailer for Mulaney that was just released today.
When this series premieres in the fall, it could also mark the arrival of another era of comedian-centric sitcoms (i.e. comedians getting to tell a version of their life story through a half hour TV show). It’s been a while since the days of Seinfeld, but Mulaney, along with the newly ordered Cristela at ABC and Louie, now in its fourth season at FX, might just create a great new wave of sitcoms featuring the lives (and names) of stand-up comedians.