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Fox reduces episode order for struggling 'Mulaney'

'Mulaney,' a new Fox comedy starring John Mulaney, has struggled since its debut two weeks ago

Is Fox's "Mulaney" on the ropes?

The network has cut the episode order for the freshman comedy starring comic and former "Saturday Night Live" writer John Mulaney from 16 to 13. The series has drawn lackluster ratings since its premiere two weeks ago.

However, insiders say the reduction does not mean the end is near for the show. Thirteen episodes have been completed, and they reduced the order just as production was to start on the 14th installment. The  network maintains that is enough episodes for the time being.

Sources also pointed out that the series' second installment improved 10% from its premiere.

"Mulaney" will continue to air in its regular Sunday time slot, and executives maintain they have confidence in the show and its creative team.

The comedy, which co-stars Martin Short, Elliott Gould and former "SNL" performer Nasim Pedrad, features Mulaney as a stand-up comic who has a group of oddball friends. Many critics compared the series' concept and format to "Seinfeld."

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