‘Saturday Night Live’ alumni Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah score leads in Showtime comedy pilots

SNL -Well, it certainly did not take very long at all for the futures of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah to be a little bit more clear following their departures from “Saturday Night Live” earlier this season.

While at Showtime’s TCA Summer Press Tour event on Thursday, it was confirmed that the two actors have landed roles in some comedy pilots that could eventually be turned into series. Here’s what we know about them for the time being.

“White Famous” – In this particular series, Pharoah would play a black comedian who starts to become a celebrity on a “white famous” level, and has to balance both this level of fame and also his credibility that got him there in the first place. Jamie Foxx is listed as an executive producer on the show, and could recur in the event that it gets picked up.

“Mating” – Meanwhile, this anthology comedy from Stu Zicherman, Michelle Lee, and “Friday Night Lights” alum Jason Katims could feature Killam in its first season as a recently-divorced guy who, after marrying young, has to figure out a way to navigate the single world once more. It’s a chance for some fun awkward comedy, and Killam should get a good opportunity to shine here.

Given that these sort of roles surely were not booked in the past two days, this should of course be a sign that Taran and Jay knew what was coming down the pipeline with “SNL”; luckily, if these shows get picked up we’re going to have a great chance to see both of them very soon.

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