'Crazy Ones' books 'Mork and Mindy' reunion; Eliza Coupe returns to TV with 'Benched' and more

mork-and-mindy-reunion.jpgNews and notes from up and down the channel guide:

- "The Crazy Ones" has booked a "Mork and Mindy" reunion. Pam Dawber will reunite with Robin Williams 32 years after the series finale of their sitcom when she guest-stars on "The Crazy Ones" later this season as a free-spirited author who goes on a date with Williams' Simon Roberts. Williams says the reunion is "a dream come true" and Dawber adds that "it'll be a great week" because she hears the "Crazy Ones" set is "a very happy one."

- USA has picked up a legal comedy, "Benched," starring Eliza Coupe ( "Happy Endings") and Jay Harrington ( "Better Off Ted"). The show will follow Nina (Coupe), a corporate attorney, who suffers a public breakdown and ends up working as a public defender. Phil (Harrington) is her scruffy, gambling colleague. "Benched" will be executive-produced by Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones, John Enbom, Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay.

- AMC's Revolutionary War-era spy thriller "Turn" has found its George Washington. "Dawson's Creek" alum Ian Kahn will play the Founding Father in the series, which centers on Jamie Bell's Abraham Woodhull, a New York cabbage farmer who forms a group of spies in the summer of 1778, helping America in its fight for independence in the process. Kahn, as a pre-President Washington, will recur throughout Season 1, with an option to be series regular in Season 2. [ TVLine]

- "24: Live Another Day" has filled out another high-profile role. Stephen Fry joins the FOX event series British Prime Minister Trevor Davies, a strong and charismatic leader whose personal and political crises place pressure on both his friendship with President Heller ( William Devane) and the Anglo-American alliance, itself. The next chapter in the "24" franchise, which premieres May 5, picks up four years after the series finale with Jack Bauer ( Kiefer Sutherland) a fugitive in London. [ Deadline]

- "The Comedians," Billy Crystal's FX pilot, continues to flesh out its cast. The comedy, which co-stars Josh Gad and revolves around a superstar veteran comedian (Crystal) who is reluctantly paired with a younger, edgier comedian (Gad) for a late-night comedy sketch show, has added Matt Oberg ("30 Rock"), Stephanie Weir ("MadTV") and Megan Ferguson ("Mad Men") to its ranks. Oberg will play Mitch, the sketch show's head writer, while Weir is set as Kristen, the show's anxiety-stricken producer. Ferguson will play Esme, a no-nonsense PA. [ THR]

- FX is expanding its comedy roster, picking up "Married" and "You're the Worst" to series. "Married" stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina Bowman, respectively, who get along great in every room -- except the bedroom. The show will examine the lengths two best friends are willing to go in order to save their marriage. "You're the Worst," from "Weeds" scribe Stephan Falk, is a love story about what happens when two toxic, self-destructive people fall in love despite themselves and attempt the impossible -- a relationship. Chris Geere ("The Spa") and Aya Cash ("The Wolf of Wall Street") star. Both 10-episode first seasons will premiere in July.

- " True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto has just inked a new two-year deal with HBO. Currently working on Season 2 of the Matthew McConaughey/ Woody Harrelson drama, Pizzolatto recently revealed that if the series was picked up for a new season, the two stars would not return. "If we got to do it again, the setting would be a major character, along with our leads," Pizzolatto says. "I tried to make the format as broad for my tastes as possible in the sense that this is almost the 'True Detective' version of a buddy‑cop movie hunting for a serial killer. And there could be a season that's much more of a widespread conspiracy thriller, a season that's a small‑town murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it's a master criminal versus a rogue detective or something." [ Deadline]

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