Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CBS Gives Series Order to Comedy 'Superior Donuts' Starring Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler

CBS is making a major fix with its lack of diversity. The network has just given a series order to Superior Donuts, a multi-camera comedy starring Emmy winner Judd Hirsch and stand-up comedian Jermaine Fowler.

The comedy shot a pilot during the last development season. It narrowly missed a series pickup back in May. And yet, CBS opted to reshoot and recast the pilot in the hopes of it landing a midseason slot on the schedule. And now, that has officially occurred. The comedy has a series order for 13 episodes to debut in early 2017.

Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop (Hirsch), his new young employee (Fowler) and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.

The cast also includes David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, Rell Battle and Katey Sagal.

Bob Daily, Neil Goldman and Garret Donovan wrote the pilot. They serve as executive producers with Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery, Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman. James Burrows directed the pilot. CBS Television Studios produces.

"This show has been very high on our radar since we first put it into development last winter," said Glenn Geller, CBS Entertainment president. "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 lineup with Superior Donuts."