Brilliant stand-up comic and Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney has signed a deal with NBC to develop a sitcom based on his own life, to be produced by Lorne Michaels. This is good news for fans of Mulaney (which ought to be anyone who has heard him), who have been waiting for the thing that's going to take him to the next level. I never really thought it would be a sitcom that did that for him, but I'll take what I can get.
The landscape has cleared a little on NBC, as far as comedian sitcoms go. Still no word on that Sarah Silverman show, and NBC has decided not to air Next Caller, the Dane Cook sitcom, despite having shot several episodes (though the network has retained its development deal with the comic, and still insists they want to be in the Dane Cook business). Chelsea Handler's show is already canceled, and I'm not sure Whitney Cummings' is long for this world. Mulaney having his own sitcom at NBC is very different than it would have been just a year or two ago.
What disappoints me in all of this is that I've been championing Mulaney to take over as anchor on "Weekend Update," and maybe to fill Seth Meyers' shoes as head writer, too. There's no word that Meyers will be leaving the show (especially since he lost the gig to co-host Live with Kelly Ripa), but it seems like his run should be coming to an end. Mulaney has done a couple of on-camera pieces on "Update" during his time at the show, and they're some of the best segments of the last couple of years. It would be a great showcase for his comedic voice. Maybe a sitcom will be, too, but I fear we're going to be denied the John Mulaney era of SNL.
In either case, I'm happy for his success and looking forward to seeing more of him on TV. Good things need to happen to good comics more often.
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