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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.

Looks Like 'Happy Endings' Is Done for Good

It looks like Happy Endings didn't find a new home. After ABC canceled its low-rated cult favorite sitcom in May and negotiations with USA to pick up the show fell through, Deadline reported that the studio was looking for another distributor for the series, citing Netflix and Amazon as possibilities. In a new interview out today with TV Line, showrunners David Caspe and Jonathan Groff say they're moving on and indicate that Sony's attempts to find a new home for the show didn't pan out.

"There were ongoing talks with a lot of places," Caspe explains. "It just didn’t work out."  He adds, "The truth is, [...]

ABC Cancels 'Happy Endings'; Will USA Save the Show?

ABC announced Friday evening that they've canceled their critically-acclaimed sitcom Happy Endings after three seasons. After being given a late premiere by the network in a super competitive comedy timeslot at the start of the season, Happy Endings saw its ratings drop. The network put the show on hiatus a few months later before burning off the rest of the season on Friday nights, a timeslot that TV people have long called the "Friday night death slot."

Just because ABC has canceled the show doesn't mean this is the end yet. Reports began coming in last month that the USA network may be interested in picking up the [...]

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair Are Making a New Show Together for USA

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, stars and creators of last season's short-lived but critically-acclaimed NBC comedy Best Friends Forever, are moving to cable for their new show. Deadline reports that USA has ordered a pilot presentation (a.k.a. short pilot) written by and starring Parham and St. Clair. The untitled project is a comedy about a single mother (Parham) calling on her career-driven best friend (St. Clair) to help her raise her kid. The Office's Zach Woods, who started his career performing improv with Parham and St. Clair at the UCB Theatre in New York, is being eyed for a supporting role. Woods recently signed on [...]

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 [...]

USA Passes on 'Happy Endings'; Studio in Talks with Other Distributors

ABC canceled its critically-acclaimed but low-rated sitcom Happy Endings last month after three seasons, and cable channel USA went into negotiations to keep the series going with a fourth season immediately after ABC's decision. Now, though, it looks like the comedy won't be moving ahead at USA. Deadline reports that network execs have passed and that they were reluctant to invest marketing and promotion money in the show due to its low ratings and would rather put that money towards its new original comedies like Denis Leary's Sirens or Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's Playing House.

While USA has turned down an opportunity to [...]

USA May Save 'Happy Endings' If ABC Doesn't

Critically-acclaimed sitcom Happy Endings has been moved around ABC's schedule like crazy this season after being given a late premiere and a two-month midseason hiatus by the network, but it looks like the show may have a new home once ABC inevitably cancels it. Deadline reports that Sony TV, the studio behind Happy Endings, has reached out to the USA Network and NBC about picking up the show if ABC axes it. USA, which is looking to expand into comedy in 2013, has already had discussions with Sony about picking up the show. Sony TV is known for fighting to keep its shows alive, and [...]

Will Ferrell's Company Is Developing a Late Night Talk Show for USA

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company Gary Sanchez is developing a new late night talk show for the USA Network, TV Guide reports, and the series sounds like it'll be pretty different from anything else on the late night dial. Created by Rob Cohen (Life and Times of Tim, Big Bang Theory)  and Owen Burke (who runs Gary Sanchez's TV division), the untitled project will be a morning show airing at 12:01 am, which is technically the morning. The show will be modeled after Live With Kelly and Michael and the fourth hour of Today hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, and producers are [...]

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 [...]

USA Is in Talks to Pick Up 'Happy Endings' But a Deal Is Unlikely

ABC canceled its critically-acclaimed but underwatched comedy Happy Endings last week, and there's been speculation that the USA network would pick up the show just like how TBS saved Cougar Town from the clutches of cancelation last year. USA is officially in negotiations with Happy Endings' studio Sony TV to pick up the show, Variety reports, but Deadline reports that, "At this point … a pickup appears unlikely but the network is carefully exploring the opportunity to migrate a show with some success on broadcast TV and a dedicated fan base." Happy Endings is the only recently-canceled network sitcom that fits that description, unless Go On has [...]

Keegan-Michael Key Joins Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's USA Pilot

Keegan-Michael Key, one of the stars of Comedy Central's Key & Peele, has joined the cast of a new USA Network pilot from Best Friends Forever stars/creators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. The untitled single-camera show, which has received a pilot presentation (a.k.a. short pilot) order from USA, stars St. Clair as a career-driven woman named Emma helping her best friend Maggie (Parham) raise her new baby. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Key will play a supporting role as a Mark, a police officer whose proposal Emma turned down when they were 23. Brad Morris (Cougar Town) and Zach Woods (The Office) have also joined the [...]