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USA Network Picks Up New Comedy, BENCHED

January 24, 2014 by  

USA Network is adding to its original comedy series lineup: the network has picked up BENCHED, a courtroom comedy starring former HAPPY ENDINGS star Eliza Coupe and former BETTER OFF TED star Jay Harrington.

“BENCHED is one of those unique series that creates an immediate connection with the audience,” Chris McCumber, President, USA Network, said in a statement. “The lead is played brilliantly by Eliza Coupe, who has undeniable chemistry with Jay Harrington’s character. With Mark Gordon and his incredible pedigree behind this project, we are proud to add BENCHED to our line-up of original comedies.”

“We are thrilled to have such an incredibly creative team in front of and behind the camera on BENCHED,” said Melanie Frankel, Vice President Comedy Development, USA Network. “The auspices that this project attracted are a true testament to the fantastic script that Michaela and Damon wrote.”

Want more details about the show? Here’s what USA Network has to say: “BENCHED is a single-camera half-hour courtroom comedy that focuses on Nina (Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up 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 very quickly realizes that the law isn’t quite as fair as she once thought. Jay Harrington stars as Nina’s new colleague, Phil, a tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler.

The series is from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (“Saturday Night Live,” “Trophy Wife”) and Damon Jones (“Halfway Home”). John Enbom, co-creator of the critically acclaimed comedy “Party Down,” is also an executive producer. Mark Gordon (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” “Ray Donovan”) and Andrea Shay (“Family Tools”) are executive producing for The Mark Gordon Company.”

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One Response to “USA Network Picks Up New Comedy, BENCHED”

  1. Sarah on January 28th, 2014 10:38 am

    I am excited for this! I love Eliza Coupe, and I think she is ready to lead a show. I also adore Jay Harrington. I miss Better Off Ted!
    I will definitely be watching 🙂