John Mulaney’s new Fox sitcom may be in some trouble. Fox execs cut its order for Mulaney from 16 episodes to 13. The show has recently wrapped filming its thirteenth episode, so it appears that the network wanted to stop the show from spending any more money as they decide its fate. Mulaney has not impressed like many hoped it would. The show’s first two episodes opened to a 1.0 and 1.1 rating, respectively, amongst adults 18-49. Mulaney’s new series has had a whacky development story as is and the low ratings and episode trimming may be the beginning of a sad ending.
Mulaney follows its titular protagonist in a similar way as Seinfeld: a stand-up comic surrounded by his colorful friends and strange boss. The show began as a beloved pilot passed by NBC. Fox swung in to the rescue last year and greenlit it for a six-episode order. In an exciting development, the network ordered another ten episodes earlier this year before the show even aired. Suits must have thought the show would be a hit to make such a rare move. Sadly, the show debuted to lackluster fan fare.
Fox has a few new mid-season comedies to choose from if they decide to cancel Mulaney and replace it with a different show. After all of the drama and excitement surrounding the talented former Saturday Night Live writer’s show, hopefully the quality of the series gets better and saves itself from cancellation.