As the fall season gets underway, CBS has just ordered a new donut-centric comedy.
The network has ordered 13 episodes of the multi-camera comedy Superior Donuts starring Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler. Based on the Tracey Letts play, Superior Donuts centers on the curdmudgeonly owner of a donut shop (played by Hirsch) and his his ambitious new employee (Fowler), as well as the patrons of the establishment, which is located in a gentrifying Chicago neighborhood.
The cast also includes Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, and Rell Battle.
“This show has been very high on our radar since we first put it into development last winter,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller in a statement. “Jermaine Fowler is a rising young star, Judd Hirsch is a comedy legend and the entire cast is full of great comedic talent. We’re very excited to expand our comedy line-up with Superior Donuts.”
The project, which will debut later this season, returns Hirsch to CBS, where he starred on Numb3rs. The Taxi alum also appeared this year in two episodes of The Big Bang Theory, and starred in the shortlived late-’90s comedy George & Leo on the network.
Fowler, a comedian whose credits include TruTV sketch comedy Friends of the People, The Eric Andre Show, and BoJack Horseman, headlined the 2015 Showtime standup special Give Em Hell Kid.
With Fowler in a starring role, the show gives the network some much needed diversity in its prime time lineup. The network was criticized at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in August for offering up six new shows all with white males as leads. “We need to do better, and we know it,” Geller said at the time.