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CBS Orders New Comedy ‘Superior Donuts,’ Based on the Broadway Play

Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsch lead the comedy, which also stars David Koechner, Maz Jobrani and Katey Sagal.

Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsch, “Superior Donuts”


Time to make the “Donuts.”

CBS has given a series order to “Superior Donuts,” a new half-hour sitcom headlined by rising stand-up comedian Jermaine Fowler.

Fowler stars opposite TV veteran Judd Hirsch, who plays the gruff owner of a small donut shop in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Fowler is the enterprising new young employee.

David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, Rell Battle and Katey Sagal also star in the show, which is based on the play by Tracy Letts. “Superior Donuts” originally premiered in Chicago in 2008, and moved to Broadway for a brief run in fall 2009.

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This was the second round of development for “Superior Donuts,” which was originally shot as a pilot last spring. CBS decided to redevelop it, and a second pilot (with some re-casting, including the addition of Hirsch) was shot this summer.

“This show has been very high on our radar since we first put it into development last winter,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “Jermaine Fowler is a rising young star, Judd Hirsch is a comedy legend and the entire cast is full of great comedic talent.”

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CBS has ordered 13 episodes of the sitcom, to air this season. Bob Daily, Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery, Michael Rotenberg, Josh Lieberman and Fowler are executive producers; CBS TV Studios is behind the show.

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