Fresh off Spotlight‘s Best Picture win at the Oscars, one of its stars has lined up a CBS pilot.
Brian d’Arcy James, a three-time Tony nominee who appeared as King George III in the off-Broadway production of Hamilton, has been cast in Superior Donuts, a multi-cam sitcom.
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the series would follow the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee, and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. James will play Arthur, the aforementioned owner who’s a typically gruff, to-the-point Chicagoan and the patriarch to his loyal customers.
Two other characters have been cast. Jermaine Fowler (Friends of the People) takes up the role of Franco, a high-energy, fast-talking force of nature. As gentrification looms, he sees Superior Donuts as a symbol of everything he loves about the neighborhood: It’s authentic and real. As Arthur’s new (and only) employee, he’s going to make it his mission to drag the shop — and Arthur — into the 21st century.
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Maz Jobrani (The Interpreter) will play an over-caffeinated businessman named Maz. He is capitalism personified and living the American dream. He has been buying up buildings and investing in businesses in the Uptown neighborhood, waiting for gentrification to come and make him rich. He’s constantly after Arthur to sell him the donut shop so he can control the entire block.
Fowler serves as a co-executive producer on the pilot. Neil Goldman (Scrubs), Garrett Donovan (Scrubs), and Bob Daily (Desperate Housewives) will write and executive produce. Mark Teitelbaum (The Crazy Ones), John Montgomery (The Crazy Ones), Michael Rotenberg (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Josh Lieberman also take up executive producer duties.