Oct. 02--Today's TV talk includes good news about a show from the talented John Mulaney, and not-so-good news for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which saw its second-week ratings take a tumble. Let's get to it:
John Mulaney gets his own show: Fans of John Mulaney, a gifted stand-up comic and writer for "Saturday Night Live" have been rooting for him to get his own show. When NBC announced its new schedule, comedy fans were irked that the network had passed on Mulaney's show which, as The Hollywood Reporter reminds us, was developed at NBC. And now it's looking good. Today, Fox announced the network has given a series order to "Mulaney" (that's the working title), created, written by and starring Mulaney.
Described as "a young ensemble comedy," the multi-camera series will be produced by Universal Television and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, the "Saturday Night Live" bossman whose company also produces "Portlandia."
More good news: Martin Short will be a co-star. The series is set in New York, and inspired by Mulaney's life and comedy. As the press release says, it follows an aspiring comedian (that would be Mulaney) "coming of age under the influence of his boss (Short), his roommates and his neighbors."
The case of the dropping ratings: After last week's pilot drew a huge audience, last night's second episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." saw its ratings drop 34 percent, as The Wrap reports.
Entertainment Weekly notes that even with this week's drop to 8.4 million viewers, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was still getting good numbers. This week's episode also featured a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson, in his Nick Fury role, familiar from the Marvel superhero movies universe.
Did you watch the second episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."? What did you think?
-- Kristi Turnquist
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