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Jason Katims Comedy Anthology Gets Cast-Contingent Pilot Order at Showtime

“Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” boss Jason Katims has landed a cast-contingent pilot order for a new half-hour anthology comedy series at Showtime, Variety has confirmed.

The project, titled “Mating,” is written and exec produced by Stu Zicherman (“The Americans”), and will explore modern dating and relationships, with each potential season exploring a different protagonist’s journey. Casting for the lead is currently underway, and the anthological structure of the prospective series could prove enticing to talent who might otherwise be averse to a long-term TV commitment, as demonstrated by the star power of shows such as “True Detective” and “Fargo,” which refresh their casts each season.

The pilot hails from Katims’ True Jack Productions and is a co-production between Universal TV and Showtime. If ordered to series, the comedy will center on a recently divorced guy who tries to evolve and connect one date at a time. Katims, Zicherman and True Jack’s Michelle Lee will serve as exec producers.

It’s a busy development season for Katims who also has drama pilot “Bunker Hill” in contention at CBS for the 2016-17 season, plus a pilot order for romantic drama “Us” at HBO. He also serves as exec producer on Hulu’s upcoming drama “The Path,” starring Aaron Paul, Hugh Dancy and Michelle Monaghan.

Katims is repped by CAA, while Zicherman is repped by WME and Mosaic.

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