USA Greenlights Eliza Coupe's Courtroom Comedy 'Benched'


USA Greenlights Eliza Coupe's Courtroom Comedy 'Benched'


Eliza Coupe is about to return to the small screen in a 'lawfully' big way...

According to TVLine, the USA Network has officially announced its decision to grant a 12-episode series order to the 'Happy Endings' star's latest comedy project: 'Benched.' Coupe will star in the half-hour, single-camera comedy sitcom as Nina — a driven corporate lawyer who suffers a public nervous breakdown after losing out on a promotion, and finds herself in unfamiliar waters when she starts working as a public defender.

USA Greenlights Eliza Coupe's Courtroom Comedy 'Benched'Joining the actress in the courtroom comedy is 'Better Off Ted's Jay Harrington, who will co-star as Nina’s new colleague, Phil — a “tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler.”

Something tells us that maybe a few sparks will fly between these two. (No objections here, Your Honor!)

The pilot was written by Michaela Watkins ('Saturday Night Live,' 'The Trophy Wife') and Damon Jones ('Halfway Home'), who will serve as executive producers along with Mark Gordon ('Grey’s Anatomy,' 'Criminal Minds'). As of now, a premiere date for the show's first season has yet to be set. We guess you could say that the jury's still out on that one.

This series pick-up for Coupe brings yet another member of the 'Happy Endings' gang rightfully back to primetime television. Damon Wayans Jr. is currently a regular this season on FOX's 'New Girl,' while Adam Pally has been promoted to a series regular on the same network in 'The Mindy Project.'

- Jay Harrington
- Eliza Coupe
- USA Network
- Benched (2014)

Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Jan 24th, 2014, 1:35 pm

Images courtesy of Getty Images and ABC/Ron Tom


Message Posted On Jan 24th, 2014, 2:17 pm
If I understand the premise ONLY the only venue accepting mentally ill attorneys is the public defenders office. That explains a lot about the penal system.
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