Taran Killam Showtime Mating

Taran Killam-Fronted Comedy Mating Not Moving Forward at Showtime

Taran Killam‘s relationship comedy Mating won’t be going the distance at Showtime.

The cabler has opted not to move forward with the Jason Katims-produced project, which found the Saturday Night Live alum playing a young divorcé who found himself completely unprepared for the brave new, frank and fluid world of dating and hooking up. The cast also included Jim Belushi as Killam’s onscreen dad and business partner. 

The pilot was written by Stu Zicherman (The American, The Affair).

Mating was designed as an anthology series, with each season focusing on a different protagonist’s journey through modern dating and relationships. TVLine has learned that Universal TV, the studio behind the project, is currently looking for a new home for Mating.

Last summer, Killam was inexplicably pink-slipped at Saturday Night Live with one year left on his contract. (Co-star Jay Pharoah, whose own Showtime project was recently ordered to series, was similarly let go.) “I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract,” Killam said at the time. “I was never given a reason why, really.”

Killam is currently playing King George III in Hamilton on Broadway.

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  1. Joey Padron says:

    Sad to hear his pilot didn’t get order to series. Hope Taran will be back on TV soon.

  2. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    It’s Lorne Michaels’ fault.

  3. So basically he quit SNL for nothing?

  4. tjchurch2001 says:

    While they’re looking for a new home, can they also look for a new father, or write it in that his character’s parents are also divorced?! Look how much Belushi had to do on his last sitcom (that included name in title, but not surname), as nobody can stand to watch or work with him.

  5. Bruce Wayne says:

    Taran really has little to no appreciable talent.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Take off your cowl, so you can see he does & you don’t.

      Seriously, he worked on a comedy show on MTV for years before “SNL”, while also recurring on “How I Met Your Mother”. (The MTV show was improvisation-based, so any show with cue-cards was a step down for him.)