Martin Short Nears Deal for NBC's Lorne Michaels Comedy (Exclusive)

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 07:  Actor Martin Short arrives at premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" held at Disneyland on May 7, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Proceeds from the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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.

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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.

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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.

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