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USA Finally Renews 'Playing House' for a Second Season

Fans of Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham's new USA comedy Playing House have been left hanging since the first season wrapped up in June, but now Deadline reports that despite its low ratings, USA has finally decided to renew it for a second season. The eight-episode season will debut on the network sometime in late 2015. For more on Playing House, check out our complete review of its debut season.

USA's 'Benched' Starring Eliza Coupe to Premiere on October 28th

Early this year it was announced that USA had ordered 12 episodes of a new half-hour comedy starring Happy Endings' Eliza Coupe called Benched, and the network just announced the official premiere date. Deadline reports that the show — which was co-created by Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones, and Party Down's John Enbom — will premiere on USA Tuesday, October 28th at 10:30pm. The series also stars Jay Harrington, Oscar Nunez, Maria Bamford, Jolene Purdy, and Carter MacIntyre and centers on Coupe as "a high-powered corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working in the [...]

Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner Share Details About Their Pilot; Hope to Do a 'Funny People' Parody

"We hope one day to do an episode like that movie Funny People, only instead of finding out she has cancer, Julie's character gets some liposuction on her inner thighs. Before the procedure, she decides to take stock of her life because she believes she may die during surgery — so she goes home to try to reconcile with her high-school crush, Seth Friedland."

-Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner giving Vulture some details about Difficult People, the pilot they're starring in and creating for USA.

Watch the Pilot of Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's 'Playing House'

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's new USA series Playing House doesn't premiere until April 29th, but you can get a head start on the show by watching the pilot episode over at USA's website. The series follows an expectant mother (Parham) in the middle of a divorce and her best friend (St. Clair), who gives up her career to help raise the baby. Supporting cast includes The Office's Zach Woods and Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key. Click here to watch the pilot.

USA Orders a Series Starring Eliza Coupe from 'Happy Endings'

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 [...]

The Weird and Wonderful World of Maria Bamford

Back in August, the web series Modern Comedian debuted an episode featuring standup Maria Bamford wherein she candidly breaks down her struggles with bipolar disorder and delivers a hilarious walkthrough of her favorite website Crazymeds.us. Lit by nothing but the glow of her computer screen, Bamford reads a panic attack-inducing list of side effects for one of her meds — including "instant old age," inability to drink alcohol, tooth loss, confusion, baldness, and dry skin — before bursting into laughter then telling the camera: "I don't mind losing a little hair. And, again, the tradeoff is pretty awesome."

In this little moment lies the true magic of [...]

'Playing House's Balance of Humor and Heart Makes It One of the Best New Comedies of the Year

Comedic duos are thriving right now (as we recently highlighted), bringing everything from absurdist sketch to buddy movies to a new level. No comedy pair, however, represents true friendship both on and off screen like Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. They've long been reliable sources of laughter during joint podcast appearances and in the six episodes of their 2012 sitcom Best Friends Forever that aired before NBC pulled the plug, proving that they could hold their own during a half-hour sitcom. Now in USA's Playing House, their second chance to bring their friendship to the masses, they've created a perfect combination of solid jokes and genuine heart that will, God [...]

Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner to Create and Star in a USA Comedy Produced by Amy Poehler

Billy on the Street star Billy Eichner and How Was Your Week? host Julie Klausner are starring in and creating a potential TV show together. The USA network has ordered a pilot presentation (a.k.a. a short pilot) for Difficult People, a scripted comedy produced by Amy Poehler, THR reports. Eichner and Klausner will play two best friends who are comedians in New York City who love pop culture and hate everyone except for each other. Klausner, who is currently writing on Fox's Mulaney, is Eichner's head writer on Billy on the Street. Poehler has guest starred on Billy on the Street, and Eichner had a recurring role on [...]

Watch Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, and Keegan-Michael Key in a New Clip from 'Playing House'

Here's a clip from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's new USA series Playing House, which premieres April 29th. It features Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key, who's also a regular on the show, in case you needed another reason to watch.

Eliza Coupe Will Star in a Lawyer Sitcom for USA

USA has just picked up a pilot to star former Happy Endings actress Eliza Coupe. The show, titled Benched, will follow "a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a public nervous breakdown after getting passed over for an expected promotion and finds herself working as a public defender. Her personal and professional worlds are turned upside down when she joins the ranks of the legal world's underdogs and she quickly realizes that the law isn't quite as fair as she once thought." The show will be executive produced by former Party Down EP John Enbom as well as Groundlings writers and producers Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones.

It's appropriate that Coupe should end [...]

'Playing House's Chances of Renewal "Do Not Look Very Good"

Fans of Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's USA comedy Playing House have been actively campaigning for the show's renewal since it debut season ended back in June, but the network hasn't given any indication about whether or not they plan to renew it. According to Deadline, USA has shifted its main focus to drama, and the future of Playing House doesn't look very bright:

USA got off a decent start in original comedy with Sirens, which developed a loyal audience and averaged 1.6 million viewers and 880,000 adults 18-49, topping both recently renewed freshman FX comedies, Married and You’re The Worst, to rank as one of the [...]

Rachel Dratch, Andrea Martin, and James Urbaniak Join Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner's USA Pilot

A few weeks ago, the USA network announced that they've ordered a pilot presentation (a.k.a. a short pilot) called Difficult People created by and starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, and now, we're learning more about who else will be in the pilot. The Difficult People pilot presentation has been shooting this week in NYC, and Klausner has been revealing some of the pilot's supporting cast/guest stars via Twitter, including Rachel Dratch, James Urbaniak, Tracee Chimo (Orange Is the New Black), and Andrea Martin as the mother of Klausner's character.

Difficult People, which is being produced by Amy Poehler, stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as a [...]

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham Are Back and Better Than Ever in USA's 'Playing House'

Over the weekend, the USA network debuted the first episode of its new show Playing House online ahead of its TV premiere next week. Playing House is the second show created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair (preceded by their short-lived but critically-acclaimed 2012 NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever), and it's even sharper than the first with a pilot episode that's packed with jokes and an eclectic cast of busy, talented comedy people.

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham's USA Show 'Playing House' Debuts April 29th

The USA network announced the premiere date of Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham's new comedy, Playing House. The series will debut on Tuesday, April 29th, at 10pm with back-to-back episodes. Created by and starring St. Clair and Parham, who also created and starred in the acclaimed but short-lived 2012 NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever together, Playing House follows an expectant mom (Parham) in the process of getting a divorce and her best friend (St. Clair), who abandons her business career to help raise the kid. The supporting cast The Office's Zach Woods and Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key.