February 26, 2013 12:04pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Martin Short Nears Deal for NBC's Lorne Michaels Comedy (Exclusive)
Martin Short is poised to turn game show host for NBC.
The Emmy winner and former Saturday Night Live castmember is wrapping up a negotiation to join the network's John Mulaney comedy pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The ensemble comedy was created, written by and stars stand-up comedian Mulaney and is based loosely on his life.
Short will play Mulaney's boss Lou Cannon. He's a game show host, and Mulaney writes jokes for him.
Mulaney will pen the pilot for the untitled multicamera entry and executive produce the Universal Television, Broadway Video and 3 Arts entry alongside Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Dave Becky and David Miner.
Short has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards for his work on Damages, Primetime Glick, The Martin Short Show, Merlin, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! and SCTV Network, for which he earned the statuette for outstanding writing in a variety or music program in 1983.
The project reunites Short and Michaels, who worked together during the former's mid-'80s stint on SNL.
Repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, Short's recent credits include Frankenweenie, The Santa Clause 3, Weeds, How I Met Your Mother and Arrested Development.