SNL‘s Nasim Pedrad Lands a Role on Fox’s Mulaney
2:24 pm, October 3rd | by Colette McIntyre
Saturday Night Live‘s current longest-tenured female cast member may be joining the mass exodus from Studio 8H. Splitsider is reporting that Nasim Pedrad will co-star in former SNL writer John Mulaney’s upcoming Fox sitcom, Mulaney. It is unclear whether Pedrad will remain at SNL but as Splitsider notes:
It’d be impossible schedule-wise to star on a network sitcom while being in the SNL cast, so this is probably a safe bet. Mulaney is produced by Lorne Michaels and NBC’s parent company’s TV studio, Universal TV, making an early exit from her SNL contract a possibility.
Pedrad was attached to the original Mulaney pilot which was developed by NBC. After NBC passed on the semi-autobiographical comedy last season, Fox ordered a new version of the pilot script. Yesterday THR announced that Fox ordered the show to series, although an episode count has not yet been released. Mulaney follows an aspiring comedian (a fictionalized version of Mulaney himself) as he comes of age while dealing with his roommates, game show host boss (played by Martin Short), and neighbor. Pedrad will be reprising her role as Mulaney’s roommate Jane, a “sweet, intelligent and lazy grade school teacher who doesn’t love her job and wants to make changes but is addicted to procrastinating.”
While Pedrad would have exited the SNL cast if the project had moved forward at NBC, we don’t know whether the shift to Fox will affect her plan. At the time of writing, her status at SNL hasn’t been confirmed.