Canadian comedian Jason Jones has joined the cast of ABC's upcoming comedy pilot 'Divorce: A Love Story.'
Jones is best known as a correspondent on 'The Daily Show with John Stewart,' the series that took him to international fame. He has also appeared in such feature films as 'The Switch' and 'Pitch Perfect.' This starring role in a scripted ABC comedy could conceivably be a breakout for Jones, giving him the opportunity to jump from a backseat on 'The Daily Show' to the driver's seat on his own series.
'Divorce: A Love Story' is about a recently divorced couple who were bad together but discover they’re even worse apart. One half of that troubled couple will be played by Jones; the other half is to be played by Andrea Anders ('Mr. Sunshine,' 'Necessary Roughness'). Neither Jones nor Anders have commanded lead roles prior to 'Divorce,' meaning that ABC is content to rest on the quality of the pilot itself rather than relying upon star power to bring in new viewers.
'Divorce: A Love Story' is based on the original Israeli series 'Life Isn't Everything.' Jones would reportedly be leaving 'The Daily Show' if 'Divorce' is picked up as a series; he has been trying to land a steady comedy series for some time. In 2008, Jones and wife Samantha Bee wrote a pilot for a sitcom about a celebrity chef, with Jones attached to star; in 2010 he had a role in the pilot 'How to Be a Better American,' which wasn't picked up. Here's hoping that 'Divorce: A Love Story' breaks Jones' rocky streak.