NBC, once the king of primetime network television, is trying to make a comeback in the ratings war. Numbers are up a bit for the peacock network this year, but with "The Office", "30 Rock" and maybe "Community" coming to an end, NBC is going to have to bring in some solid talent to keep audiences laughing. This could be a step in the right direction. On Friday, NBC announced they have ordered a pilot for a multi-camera sitcom to be written by and starring stand up comedian, John Mulaney.
Mulaney is best known for his recent stand up special, "New in Town". He's also served his time as a writer and producer for "Saturday Night Live". The show, which will be produced by his "SNL" boss Lorne Michaels, will be loosely based on Mulaney's life and center on a group of friends, who end up in some crazy adventures.
As far as sitcom ideas go, the concept doesn't sound like anything new, but Mulaney is hilarious and this is a fantastic move by NBC. Mulaney is without a doubt one of the best stand up comedians in the business right now. Hopefully NBC will give him free reign to do his thing and not lock him into one of their formulaic sitcoms. If you haven't heard any of John Mulaney's stand up, you need to. He's featured on Comedy Central all the time, even making appearances on the brand new "Kroll Show".
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