This doesn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, right?
Fox has trimmed the order for new comedy series Mulaney by three episodes, from 16 to 13. The network made the call after two airings, as the series just wrapped filming Episode 13 and was about to go into production on Episode 14.
The multi-camera Mulaney had an unusual 16-episode order as Fox originally picked up 6 episodes last October and then ordered additional 10 in May when the net opted not not to pick up any of its comedy pilots to series. While no 2014 Fox comedy pilots went to series, the network has four straight-to-series half-hour shows for this season, Mulaney as well as live-action Last Man on Earth and Weird Loners and animated Bordertown.
Between the terrible previews and the terrible ratings, it seems like just a matter of time before Mulaney is canceled. Oh, also the show is terrible. That’s probably the best reason to cancel a show.
And the fact that this show is terrible is honestly the most surprising part of this. It’s really bad. The first episode has a prostate exam joke and then Mulaney tells a random doorman about it. It’s that bad. But John Mulaney is funny. And a great writer, and a phenomenal stand-up comedian. So why isn’t the show better?
Partly because writing a sitcom with funny characters is vastly different from writing a 5 minute sketch for Saturday Night Live. And partly because laugh tracks seem to suck the funny out of every show. But mostly because it really seems like everyone decided just to act out Mulaney’s stand up by throwing in terrible characters with terrible catch phrases. And that makes for a bad show.
At least this means Mulaney can get back to stand up, Nasim Pedrad can get back to not acting like a stereotypically horrible woman, and we can all get back to not paying attention to Martin Short.