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Benched: Season One Ratings

10 December 2014 6:15 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The scripted dramas on USA Network have all been way down in the ratings this year. How will their Benched sitcom perform? Will it be a winner? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

On Benched, a high-powered corporate lawyer (Eliza Coupe) experiences a fall from grace and lands in the rough and tumble world of public defenders. The series also stars Jay Harrington, Oscar Nunez, Maria Bamford, Jolene Purdy, and Carter MacIntyre.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Why You Should Be Watching: Benched

11 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Eliza Coupe has an uncannily innate ability to seem like the most composed and least poised person at the same time on screen. It is a trait that Happy Endings used well, even if it didn’t fully embrace it until the final season, when it delved into Jane’s increasingly slapstick job with the Car Czar. When dealing with the messiness of Brad or Alex’s tomfoolery, Coupe’s Jane Kerkovich-Williams was the only one keeping everything together, yet when she was unable to live up to her own standards of perfection, she fell apart before you could squeak out a trademark Kerkovich “What?”

Benched, the new half-hour comedy on the USA Network, harnesses this quality well. Centering on the career obliteration of “money law” Hbic Nina Whitely (Coupe), following a public breakdown stemming from being passed over for a promotion, the show embraces the less than glamour-filled world »

- Whitney McIntosh

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Benched

29 October 2014 5:58 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: USA

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: October 28, 2014 -- Tbd

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Eliza Coupe, Jay Harrington, Oscar Nunez, Maria Bamford, Jolene Purdy, and Carter MacIntyre.

TV show description:

This single-camera comedy follows a high-powered corporate lawyer who experiences a fall from grace and lands in the rough and tumble world of public defenders.

Nina Whitley (Eliza Coupe), a distinguished corporate lawyer, has given up everything in her climb up to the top. But, when she learns that her ex-fiance is getting married and that she hasn’t made partner at her high power firm, Nina snaps. She ends up breaking vases and burning bridges.

Shunned by the corporate world, the only place she can get a job is at the »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Benched: Will You Proceed With USA Network's New Legal Comedy?

28 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Elevators. Relationships. Conversations with other human beings in general. As evidenced by Tuesday’s series premiere of USA Network’s Benched, none of these things are lawyer Nina Whitley’s strengths.

Related USA Network’s Benched: Ep Talks Eliza Coupe’s Unfiltered Legal Comedy

Fortunately — for the viewers, at least — her failures are spectacularly entertaining.

After being passed over for partner at her corporate firm — by a less-qualified, larger-breasted friend, no less — Nina (Happy EndingsEliza Coupe) unleashes the proverbial Kraken, telling off every single one of her co-workers with the kind of speech most hard-working, under-appreciated Americans only dream of. »

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Fall TV reviews: 'Benched' & 'The McCarthys'

28 October 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We finally had our first network cancellation of the fall season last week, when ABC dropped the ax on "Manhattan Love Story." Had the Alphabet waited one more week, we'd have made it through the first season in a while where all the new fall shows got to debut before one was canceled. But that was not to be, and instead we have our final new network fall show (with plenty more on the bench for midseason, or whatever the broadcast nets are willing to call it these days) coming up this week, along with a new cable comedy. Both, oddly, feature Jack McGee in a supporting role (the result of cable and network shows often filming on different schedules), and that — along with the fact that I don't feel strongly about either one at this stage — is enough excuse to put them together in the same post for a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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USA Network's Benched: Ep Previews Eliza Coupe's Unfiltered Legal Comedy

28 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Nina Whitley, the main lawyer on USA Network’s new legal sitcom Benched — premiering Tuesday at 10:30/9:30c — isn’t someone you’d necessarily choose to have in your corner. Then again, she probably wouldn’t want to help you, either.

Related Benched First Look: Eliza Coupe Breaks Down Her Twisted New Legal Comedy

“She’s not a crusader,” Benched creator/executive producer Michaela Watkins admits to TVLine. “She’s not someone who’s out to help the disenfranchised.”

In fact, Nina — played by Happy EndingsEliza Coupe — is a former corporate lawyer who finds herself slumming it with »

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Paul Greengrass Directing Berlin Wall Drama ‘The Tunnels’ (Exclusive)

24 October 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

FilmNation Entertainment has acquired film rights to Greg Mitchell’s book proposal for Berlin Wall drama “The Tunnels” and attached “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass to helm.

Mark Gordon (“The Messenger,” “Saving Private Ryan”) will produce the escape drama with FilmNation, which is continuing to amplify its production and financing activity on high-profile projects.

“The Tunnels” is the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.

The deal was brokered by Aaron Ryder and Alison Cohen on behalf of FilmNation, and CAA.

“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity,” Ryder said. “Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. We have no doubt that Mark »

- Dave McNary

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TV Review: ‘Benched’

24 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stop me any time if this sounds familiar: A lawyer at a big corporate firm is denied a promotion, engages in a spectacular meltdown, and finds herself, after a period in purgatory, taking a job as a public defender, uniting her with wacky office mates (including one who’s kinda dreamy) and a new array of unpleasant smells. “Benched” plucks its leads from defunct ABC comedies — Eliza Coupe of “Happy Endings” and “Better Off Ted’s” Jay Harrington — and generally presents the sitcom version of a recycling program. The greatest indignity might be that its unscripted lead-in, “Chrisley Knows Best,” delivers more laughs.

Much like USA’s “Satisfaction,” the outburst by Coupe’s Nina, delivered to a shocked conference room full of colleagues, helps set the plot in motion. Not only does the bridge-burning eruption result in her frequent humiliation — since the legend surrounding the actual event seems to grow »

- Brian Lowry

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Taylor Swift to shut down Hollywood Blvd for her 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' debut

14 October 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Taylor Swift to shut down Hollywood Blvd for her "Jimmy Kimmel Live” debut She'll perform on the Kimmel show and sit on his couch for the 1st time on Thursday, Oct. 23 (Swift previously appeared in a segment with Guillermo). Over the course of a week, Swift will appear on three ABC shows — “Gma,” “The View” and Kimmel. “Star Wars Rebels” sets a Disney Xd record The premiere's 1.03 million viewers makes it the most-watched cartoon in Disney Xd history. “The Affair” has a disappointing debut About 507,000 watched the premiere of the Showtime series, which is way below the 872,000 who watched the launch of “Penny Dreadful” and the 1 million who tuned in for the “Masters of Sex” premiere. Click Read Full Post For More ABC orders “Men in Shorts,” based on openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producing the comedy based on the life of the »

- Norman Weiss

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Producers Guild hands Mark Gordon its Norman Lear Award

22 September 2014 11:23 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If Mark Gordon's name isn't familiar, his filmography will be. The producer's diverse 20-year includes "The To Do List," "Rampart," "Source Code," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Wonder Boys," "A Simple Plan," and "Speed." He earned an Oscar nomination in 1999 for "Saving Private Ryan." His upcoming films include Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic and Todd Phillips' upcoming comedy "Arms and The Dudes" starring Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg. And today, the Producers Guild of America announced that Gordon would be honored with a lifetime achievement award — for his contributions to television. Yes, Gordon's success stems to successful TV too. Gordon is currently the executive producer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” with notable past work including "Private Practice," "Army Wives" and "Reaper." The PGA will present Gordon with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television during its 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. »

- Matt Patches

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USA Network's Legal Comedy Benched Gets Premiere Date — Watch First Clip

22 September 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Think you‘ve got a case of the Mondays? Just wait until you watch this first look at USA Network’s new comedy Benched, premiering Oct. 28 at 10:30/9:30c.

Related Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Happy EndingsEliza Coupe stars as Nina Whitley, a corporate lawyer who loses everything — her shot at making partner, her sanity, etc. — and is forced to seek employment at the Public Defender’s office. (Gross, right?)

Benched also stars Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Maria Bamford (Adventure Time), Jolene Purdy »

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USA Network Sets Oct. 28 Debut for Comedy ‘Benched’

22 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

USA Network has set Oct. 28 as the premiere date for its latest original comedy series, “Benched.”

The half-hour from ABC Signature, the cable wing of ABC Studios, will air in the 10:30 p.m. slot behind USA’s comedic reality series “Chrisley Knows Best.” USA’s Tuesday comedy block is anchored from 8-10 p.m. by “Modern Family” reruns.

Benched” stars Eliza Coupe, an alum of ABC’s “Happy Endings,” as a high-powered corporate lawyer who falls from grace and is forced to work as a public defender. Jay Harrington, Oscar Nunez, Maria BamfordJolene Purdy and Carter MacIntyre also star.

Benched” was created by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones, who exec produce with showrunner John Enbom for ABC Studios’ and Mark Gordon Co. Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay also are exec producers.

Benched” is the third original comedy to hit USA this since the cabler invested big bucks in »

- Cynthia Littleton

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'Hot in Cleveland' bloopers: The ladies gang up on Valerie Bertinelli

1 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Valerie Bertinelli needs to get it together if she doesn't want her "Hot in Cleveland" costars to gang up on her. Zap2it has proof: An exclusive video of the ladies taking Bertinelli to task after she stumbles over her lines a few times.

Watch below, then check out the episode, "Surprise," on Wednesday (April 2).

In "Surprise," Melanie tells Alec (Jay Harrington) that she's pregnant, which does not go over well with his current girlfriend (Jaime Pressly). Meanwhile, the women are monitored closely by an FBI agent (Thomas Lennon) due to Victoria's husband's mysterious disappearance.

"Hot in Cleveland" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on TV Land.

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- editorial@zap2it.com

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Hollywood's E-League Players Talk Making Baskets, Jason Collins' NBA Debut

25 February 2014 12:47 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stars swapped their movie sets and TV studios for the basketball court Sunday when they came out for the opening game of the E-League, a "secret society" that unites actors and athletes for the love of the game. Among the players who were organized into teams representing major U.S. sporting cities were Fantastic Four's Michael B. Jordan, James Van Der Beek, Dean Cain, Bill BellamyJay Harrington (Hot in Cleveland), and even former NFL star Terrell Owens. Now in its 17th year, the E-League plays at the Equinox Sports Club in West L.A. and mimics the real

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- Debbie Emery

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‘Office’s’ Oscar Nunez Joins USA Courtroom Comedy ‘Benched’

12 February 2014 5:10 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC’s “Office’s” Oscar Nuñez is sticking around NBCUniversal. Nuñez will star on NBC’s cable sister USA Network’s new comedy series, “Benched,” in a series regular role. He will play a public defender and colleague to Eliza Coupe’s Nina on the single-camera comedy series. Aside from Coupe (“Happy Endings”), Nuñez joins “Better Off Ted’s” Jay Harrington. Also read: USA Network Picks Up Courtroom Comedy ‘Benched’ From ABC Signature and The Mark Gordon Company In addition to nine seasons on “The Office,” the Emmy-winner’s television credits include FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, »

- Jethro Nededog

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'Office' alum Oscar Nunez joins USA comedy 'Benched'

12 February 2014 1:38 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Oscar Nunez is coming back to TV.

This time, The Office alum will star alongside Happy EndingsEliza Coupe in the upcoming USA Network comedy Benched, about a corporate attorney whose breakdown leaves her working as a public defender. Nunez, who joins as a series regular, will play a colleague of Nina’s.

The single-cam comedy, from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) and Damon Jones (Halfway Home), also stars Jay Harrington, who plays a public defender at Nina’s office.

Since signing off with The Office almost year ago, Nunez has appeared on It’s Always »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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'Office' alum Oscar Nunez joins USA comedy 'Benched'

12 February 2014 1:38 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Oscar Nunez is coming back to TV.

This time, The Office alum will star alongside Happy EndingsEliza Coupe in the upcoming USA Network comedy Benched, about a corporate attorney whose breakdown leaves her working as a public defender. Nunez, who joins as a series regular, will play a colleague of Nina’s.

The single-cam comedy, from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) and Damon Jones (Halfway Home), also stars Jay Harrington, who plays a public defender at Nina’s office.

Since signing off with The Office almost year ago, Nunez has appeared on It’s Always »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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‘The Office’s Oscar Nuñez Joins New USA Comedy Series ‘Benched’ As Regular

12 February 2014 5:01 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: In his first regular TV gig since The Office, Oscar Nuñez has joined the cast of newly picked-up USA Network single-camera comedy series Benched, from ABC Signature and the Mark Gordon Co. The courtroom comedy focuses on Nina (Eliza Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working as a public defender. Nuñez will play a public defender and colleague in Nina’s new office. Jay Harrington co-stars. Groundlings alum Nuñez is best known for playing Oscar Martinez on NBC’s The Office for the series’ entire nine-season run. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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“Flash” Adds a “Vampire Diaries” Star and Margaret Cho Joins Tina Fey Comedy

27 January 2014 4:44 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

News

I’m now forced to choose between my blissfully happy avoidance of 24 and my enjoyment of Stephen Fry, as Deadline reports that Fry has signed up to play the UK Prime Minister in the upcoming 24 series.

The CW’s Flash pilot has cast two (potential) villains with Rick Cosnett (you might recognize him as The Vampire Diaries‘ Dr. Wes) as Eddie Thawne, a police detective whose name sounds a lot like a certain Flash archvillian‘s alter ego. Meanwhile, Denielle Panabaker will play Caitlin Snow a bioengineering expert who definitely shares a name with a another DC Comics villain.

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USA has ordered Benched, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedy stars Happy EndingsEliza Coupe as a former corporate attorney who becomes a public defender after suffering from a nervous breakdown. Better Off Ted hottie Jay Harrington plays her co-worker.

Paul James is making his way to Grey’s Anatomy. »

- Lyle Masaki

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

25 January 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

News 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. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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