Mating on Showtime

Jim Belushi to Play Taran Killam's Father in Showtime Comedy Mating

In addition to their Saturday Night Live connection, Jim Belushi and Taran Killam now also share a TV bloodline: Belushi has been tapped to play Killam’s father in the Showtime comedy pilot Mating, TVLine has learned.

From Friday Night Lights and Parenthood auteur Jason Katims, Mating centers on the recently divorced Jay (Killam) who married young and now finds himself completely unprepared for the brave new, frank and fluid world of dating and hooking up. Belushi co-stars as Paul, Jay’s dad and business partner.

Stu Zicherman (The American, The Affair) penned the script and Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) is set to direct.

Mating is designed as an anthology series, with each season focusing on a different protagonist’s journey through modern dating and relationships.

Belushi will next be seen in Amazon’s 10-episode period drama Good Girls Revolt. He’s also set to appear in Showtime’s forthcoming Twin Peaks revival.

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  1. Mark says:

    Sounds a lot like the Pete Holmes project at HBO, just with the anthology fad added.

    • Patrick says:

      Its a misdirect. First, this show sounds like soft core porn wherein “name” actors/actresses get naked and simulate sexual acts. One of the reasons that HBO shows have had success is because they have used graphic nudity, graphic violence, and graphic language. The edited versions of these shows can be borderline unwatchable. That said, if the first season of this “anthology” is successful, the popular characters (and their portrayers) will be back for future runs. If the show is moderately successful, they will employee the “anthology” strategy to give us new people to look at.

  2. dman6015 says:

    Good for Killam, after being dumped by Lorne Michaels.