What's new is old again when it comes to casting for John Mulaney's pilot 'Mulaney' at FOX. According to Deadline, the cast is pretty much identical to the project's original pilot when it was shot last season at NBC (the network passed on the show, giving the chance for FOX to pick it up).
Joining comedian Mulaney and Martin Short, who were the only ones attached to the series when it switched networks, are Elliot Gould, Nasim Pedrad ('Saturday Night Live') and comedian Seaton Smith. Gould and Pedrad are reprising their roles from the original pilot as Mulaney's obnoxious, opinionated neighbor and love-lorn roommate, respectively. Smith will play another one of Mulaney's roommates, Motif, who replaces Seymour, played by Griffin Newman ('Political Animals') in the NBC pilot. Motif is a comedian and also described as a "ladies man who Mulaney longs to emulate." Zack Pearlman ('The Inbetweeners') also joins the cast as Andre, a trust fund baby, who is a newly conceived character for the FOX version.
'Mulaney' is based on Mulaney's stand-up comedy and own life. It follows the coming-of-age of comedian John (Mulaney) along with his roommates. Short plays Mulaney's boss, an over-the-top gameshow host who once was a major comedian in the '80s and '90s and serves as somewhat of a mentor to Mulaney's character.
In addition to his standup career, Mulaney also wrote for 'SNL' for a few seasons, including its 'Weekend Update Thursday' specials. Not surprisingly, 'SNL's big cheese, Lorne Michaels, is one of the show's executive producers.