Good news and bad news for the fans of FOX’s new Mulaney sitcom. On the downside, the network has cut the first season order, from 16 to 13 installments. On the positive side, they haven’t cancelled it — yet.
Mulaney follows a rising stand-up comic John Mulaney (Mulaney) who’s trying to take his career to the next level. He’s both helped and hindered by his friends and mentors. The rest of the cast includes Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman, and Elliott Gould.
The show has been doing very poorly in the ratings. It debuted to a lowly 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.3 million viewers. The second installment drew a 1.1 in the demo with 2.19 million. With numbers like these, Mulaney is sure to be cancelled but FOX doesn’t seem willing to thrown in the towel just yet. They also seem to have no interest in airing it past mid-season.
According to Deadline, FOX cut the show’s episode order as cast and crew were about to go into production on episode 14.
The network initially ordered six episodes in October, then ordered 10 more in May when execs decided not to order any new comedy pilots to series. FOX does have four straight-to-series half-hour shows in the works however.
What do you think? Do you like the Mulaney sitcom? Do you think it has a chance of surviving to see a second season?