Is 13 an unlucky number? Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels and standup comedian John Mulaney hope not, because NBC handed out its 13th comedy pilot order of the season to their untitled project.
This multi-camera comedy represents yet another entry in the semi-autobiographical genre that is proving to be so hot this development season. The project, executive produced by Michaels, is vaguely described as a young ensemble vehicle for Mulaney, who will pen the script based loosely on his life.
In addition to his work on Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin, Mulaney has written for SNL and its Weekend Update Thursday specials since 2008 and helped Bill Hader create the popular Stefon character.
Bucking the trend of single-camera comedies, this project is one of only a handful of multi-camera pilots ordered by NBC this season. Broadway Video, the production company owned by Lorne Michaels, had a number of other comedies in development, including projects starring Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson and head writer Seth Meyers.
If all goes according to plan, we will find out what is so special about John Mulaney's life that a substantial portion of the viewing public would want to watch a show about it every week.