USA Network has given a pilot presentation order to Benched, a courtroom single-camera comedy to star Happy Endings alumna Eliza Coupe. The project hails from ABC Signature, the boutique division of ABC Studios launched earlier this year with Tracy Underwood at the helm, which focuses on cable, emerging platforms, off-cycle and lower-cost programming for broadcast networks. Benched, from ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co., will be directed by Mike Fresco from a script by Saturday Night Live alumna Michaela Watkins and The Groundlings’ Damon Jones. Party Down co-creator John Enbom has come on board as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Watkins, Jones, Gordon and Andrea Shay. Benched centers 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.
Happy Endings alumna Eliza Coupe, Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Killing), Rob Gleeson and Ryan Gaul have been cast in a recurring roles on the upcoming third season of Showtime‘s comedy series House Of Lies, joining recently added new recurring player Mekhi Phifer. Coupe will play Marissa, a wild-child Internet company head and heir to a wealthy media family. Taylor-Klaus, repped by the Corsa Agency and Curtis Talent Management, will play Lex, a badass genderqueer basketball player who connects with Marty’s (Don Cheadle) son Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.). She also recurs on The CW’s Arrow. Gleeson, repped by Innovative and Main Title, will play Jeffrey, a very quiet and intense numbers guy. Gaul is repped by Gersh, Think Tank Management and Jackoway/Tyerman.
Eliza Coupe, Demetri Martin, Kyle Bornheimer, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Join Indie Comedy ‘The Last Time You Had Fun’
EXCLUSIVE: A Quiet Little Marriage director Mo Perkins is rounding up familiar and new faces for her next indie comedy. Her Marriage star/collaborator Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) has joined Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Demetri Martin (In A World…), and Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette) in The Last Time You Had Fun, about two men and two women who meet in a bar and decide to leave their spouses, exes, and responsibilities behind for a night on the town in a stretch limo. Charlyne Yi, Jimmi Simpson, and Todd Berger also star. Script is by Hal Haberman (Special). Drea Clark, who collaborated with Perkins on ITVS project Futurestates and is a former executive director of the Slamdance Film Festival, is producing the pic. Filming is underway in LA.