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USA Orders ABC Signature's 'Benched'

Comedy is First under ABC Studios' Boutique Division 1/24/2014 12:50 PM Eastern


USA has ordered comedy Benched, marking the top-rated cable network's first pickup of 2014.

The courtroom comedy stars Eliza Coupe (Scrubs, Happy Endings) as a corporate lawyer who suffers a nervous breakdown after getting passed over for a promotion and becomes a public defender. Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted) also stars one of Coupe's new colleague.

The series order comes as USA is gearing up for its push into the comedy genre. The network has been airing Modern Family repeats since September to launch its originals, the first being Sirens in March followed by Playing House, which is expected to bow sometime this  spring.

Benched is the first series to come out of ABC Signature, a boutique division of ABC Studios. The single-camera comedy is from Trophy Wife's Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones (Halfway Home). Party Down cocreator John Enbom serves as an executive producer.


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