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 [...]
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, 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 [...]
ABC is looking to re-pilot Super Fun Night, after CBS passed on the Conan O'Brien produced comedy a few weeks ago. Written and starring Rebel Wilson, the show follows three nerdy female friends as they aspire to have super fun Friday nights. One of those nerdy females was the wonderful and hilarious Jenny Slate; however, it's very possible that the show will recast everyone but Wilson in the move. To better fit with ABC's other comedies, the show will likely switch from a multi-camera to single-camera structure. It’s also being reported that USA is in talks to pick up Rebounding, the Will Forte as a widower sitcom that [...]
OK, the synopsis for the upcoming USA comedy On We Go is pretty amazing: "A single-camera comedy starring Nathan Lane as an unlucky actor whose career has been perpetually cursed by the fact that he resembles, but is in fact not, Nathan Lane." SOLD. I don't need to hear anything else about this, I love it.