In a bid to make sure his semi-autobiographical comedy gets picked up by NBC, former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney has landed the services of future Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for a guest role in the pilot.
Executive produced by SNL godfather Lorne Michaels and 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock, the untitled multi-camera project is an ensemble comedy written by Mulaney and loosely based on his life. Mulaney will star as John, a naive fellow whose desire to be a "good person" causes conflict with his roommates Jane and Seymour, played by SNL's Nasim Pedrad and standup comedian Griffin Newman. The top-notch comedy cast also includes Martin Short as John's game-show mentor Lou, Elliot Gould as a tough elderly gay neighbor, and comedian Seaton Smith as a comic by the name of Motif.
Although details are scarce, Fallon will portray himself in the pilot episode. Weeks ago, NBC announced that the Late Night host will succeed Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show beginning in the spring of 2014. When Fallon takes over, the venerable late-night staple will move from Los Angeles to New York and add Lorne Michaels as executive producer.
With that cast, creative team, and a guest appearance from the next host of the Tonight Show, the Mulaney project seems to be a good bet to go to series. What do you think?