By David Kramer
This week was the Halloween episode of “Mulaney,” and the bad omens started early. On Saturday it was reported that Fox has cut the order from 16 to 13 episodes. Now, this does not mean the show has been canceled or even will be canceled. But it is not a promising sign from a show that has not been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
The good news? This week’s episode is the best one yet. The writing of the show is improving, and the jokes are no longer just adapted-for-television versions of stand-up jokes. While the acting is still a bit clunky, it is improving, and the characters are getting more likeable. The studio laughter is still awkward, but that’s a hurdle that the show is getting closer to leaping over with better jokes.