Taran Killam Showtime Pilot

Taran Killam Lands Lead in Mating, Jason Katims' Showtime Comedy Pilot

Within minutes after Jay Pharoah was revealed as the lead of Showtime’s White Famous series, fellow Saturday Night Live vet Taran Killam has been announced as the star of the cabler’s Mating comedy pilot.

Killam and Pharoah’s Showtime pilot castings come just days after it was announced that they were not invited back for SNL Season 42 — though Showtime boss David Nevins said on Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the plan had been to work around the actors’ SNL schedules.

An anthology series that explores modern dating and relationships, with each season chronicling a different protagonist’s journey, Mating‘s freshman run will star Killam as a recently divorced guy who married young and now finds himself completely unprepared for the brave new, frank and fluid world of dating and hooking up.

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Stu Zicherman (The Americans) will pen the pilot, executive-producing with Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Michelle Lee.

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  1. Patrick says:

    So, Lorne got wind that the actors were prepping for a final season, and were lining up roles for after that, and he fired them. He really is a giant, prolapsed, A-hole, isn’t he?

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Taran got a new show! Hope it gets pickup to series!

  3. RC says:

    He just did an indie movie with almost the same premise. Typecasting? (I can’t post a link to IMDB, evidently, but the title is “Casual Encounters.”

  4. Weezy says:

    Gee what a coincidence…

  5. HAP says:

    Would be great if they had a role for his wife to play. (Cobie Smulders)

  6. Phil says:

    “I have NO IDEA why my contract wasn’t picked up” literally as he’s in talks for another show? I think I might have SOME idea…
    (Not saying Lorne was right or wrong – just that Mr. Smulders knew exactly what game he was playing.)