USA Network has put Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington on the case, picking up the courtroom comedy Benched, the network announced today.
The Happy Endings actress will star as Nina, a driven corporate lawyer who suffers a public nervous breakdown after losing out on a promotion, and find herself in unfamiliar waters when she starts working as a public defender. Harrington, who headlined another ABC cult comedy, Better Off Ted, plays Phil, Nina’s new co-worker who is described as “tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler.”
The single-camera Benched pilot was written by Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) and Damon Jones (Halfway Home), who are serving as executive producers along with Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds). A premiere date for the first season, which consists of 12 episodes, has not been set.