“This is a prime slot on our schedule for Benched. With Modern Family kicking off the night, followed by our laugh-out-loud hit series, Chrisley Knows Best, Benched will have a powerful comedic launch pad,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “We are excited to cap off the night with this standout comedy from some of the most talented creatives in the business.”
Created by Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife) and Damon Jones (Halfway Home), Benched follows distinguished corporate attorney Nina Whitley (Eliza Coupe), who hits her breaking point when she learns about her ex-fiancée’s engagement and the fact that she didn’t make partner at her firm. Shunned from the corporate world, Nina can only get a job at the Public Defender’s office and must find a way to get along with her overworked co-workers who lack her professional pedigree, in addition to handling the decidedly less sophisticated clientele that she’ll be dealing with.
In addition to Coupe, Benched stars Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Maria Bamford (Adventure Time), Jolene Purdy (Under the Dome), and Carter McIntyre (Drop Dead Diva), with the likes of Chris Parnell (Suburgatory), Fred Melamed (The Crazy Ones), and Jim Rash (Community) slated to guest star.
You can check out a clip of Benched, which will be USA’s third original comedy following Sirens and Playing House, here.
Will you be watching Benched? Are you excited to have Eliza Coupe as the head of her own series? Do you think this more overtly comedic version of HBO’s Enlightened will find an audience on USA?