The USA network may have passed on saving Happy Endings last year, but they're giving a new show to one of Happy Endings' stars. USA has given a 12-episode order to Benched, a new half-hour sitcom starring Eliza Coupe, THR reports.
Benched, which was ordered as a pilot presentation in October, follows a career-driven corporate lawyer (Coupe) who has a breakdown after being passed over for a promotion and starts working as a public defender. Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted) plays her new colleague, a handsome, gambling-addicted public defender. The show was created by SNL alum Michaela Watkins, The Groundlings' Damon Jones, and Party Down co-creator [...]
Damon Wayans Jr., who was a cast member in New Girl's pilot but had to leave the show after that when Happy Endings was given a surprise pick up for a second season in 2011, is returning to New Girl in tonight's episode. The new episode, entitled "Coach," is the start of a six-episode arc for Wayans.
Here's Wayans explaining to E! Online why his character, Coach, is returning:
Coach is one of those guys who, when he gets into a relationship, he kind of disappears. So he's been in a relationship for two years and they finally broke up and now he's back and he's hitting [...]
Happy Endings executive producer Jonathan Groff has sold a sitcom pilot to CBS, according to Deadline. The show, The 40s, focuses on a group of friends…in their 40s who all live on the same street. Groff will write and executive produce the show. He's also on board to executive produce Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael's sitcom, DINKS, over at ABC.
Before Happy Endings, Groff wrote for Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother, and created the short-lived Andy Barker P.I. He also wrote for Late Night with Conan O'Brien from 1995 to 2001.
Happy Endings may be canceled, but its cast is having no trouble finding work. Following last week's news that Happy Endings' Damon Wayans Jr. has returned to New Girl for a recurring role in the new season, another Happy Endings star is joining a Fox sitcom for a multi-episode arc. TV Line reports that Adam Pally will have have a recurring role on the upcoming second season of The Mindy Project as a new doctor at the OB/GYN office where Mindy Kaling's character works. Still not as cool as Happy Endings coming back would be, but good news nonetheless.