Former “Happy Endings” star Eliza Coupe has landed her next TV job, starring in a comedy project in the works at USA.
The cable channel has ordered a pilot presentation for “Benched,” a comedy about a lawyer (Coupe) who takes a job as a public defender after her career as a corporate attorney comes crashing down.
Michaela Watkins (“Trophy Wife,” “Saturday Night Live”) and Damon Jones created “Benched,” and Michael Fresco (“Suburgatory”) will direct the pilot.
More TV news and notes:
– “Chuck” co-creator Chris Fedak has a new show in the works at NBC. It centers on four people who are given new leases on life thanks to an organ donor — who just happens to be a superhero.
– ABC hasn’t picked up any of its new comedies yet, but it at least wants to take a peek at what the future might hold. The network has ordered two extra scripts each for “Back in the Game” and “Super Fun Night,” following on script orders for “The Goldbergs” and “Trophy Wife” last week.
– “Parks and Recreation” star Rob Lowe and his former “West Wing” compatriot Kevin Falls have sold a drama pilot to ABC. “The Point” is about a single mother of two teenagers who moves to Malibu in the 1970s; it’s loosely based on Lowe’s own life. Lowe is also starring in and producing an NBC comedy pilot for next season. [Deadline]
– Speaking of “The West Wing”: Richard Schiff will guest-star in an upcoming episode of “Bones” as a scientist whose daughter is murdered. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney will also guest as a friend/rival of the victim. [EW]
– Former “90210” showrunner Rebecca Sinclair has a new project at The CW. She’s sold a script for an untitled drama set in the surfing community of Malibu circa 1961. Carol Mendelsohn (“CSI”) is an exec producer along with Sinclair.
– NBC will broadcast the American Comedy Awards in May, reviving an awards show that was once an annual TV special but has aired only intermittently and under various names in the past decade. The awards honor stand-up comics and TV and movie comedy as well.