CBS’ new comedy “Superior Donuts” is part of a new wave of multi-camera sitcoms with something to say.
Comedian Jermaine Fowler and executive producer Bob Daily are taking advantage of that mandate, infusing their new show with biting commentary on everything, including gentrification, police brutality, Muslims in America, and the Trump era.
“Superior Donuts” began life as a stage play in 2008, written by playwright and actor Tracy Letts. The story, about an Arthur, an aging donut shop owner, and his new assistant, a young African-American man worried about his neighborhood’s fast gentrification, eventually moved to Broadway. The New York Times compared the play to a 1970s comedy, so it only makes sense that CBS decided to adapt the show.
Comedy directing legend Jimmy Burrows is behind the lens on “Superior Donuts,” which also stars Katey Sagal, David Koechner, and Maz Jobrani. “Turn It On” recently sat down with Fowler and Daily to talk about comedy, donuts and even Starbucks.
“Superior Donuts” premieres Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS, then moves to Mondays starting Feb. 6 at 9 p.m.
Also in this episode: We talk to filmmaker Charlie Ebersol about his new ESPN “30 for 30” documentary “This Was the XFL.”
Ebersol recounts the wild ride of the short-lived league, the brainchild of NBC Sports head (and Ebersol’s father) Dick Ebersol and his best friend, WWE titan Vince McMahon.
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