CBS Greenlights ‘Superior Donuts’ for Midseason Debut

Elizabeth Wagmeister

CBS has greenlit the long-gestating comedy “Superior Donuts,” ordering a total of 13 episodes for the current television season, Variety has learned.

“Superior Donuts” was re-piloted, after being picked up to pilot this past development season.

Based on the play by Tracy Letts, “Superior Donuts” stars Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler, who has always been attached to the project — both as star and executive producer. The series follows the relationship between the gruff owner (Hirsch) of a small donut shop, his enterprising new young employee (Fowler) and their loyal patrons, in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood.

“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 line-up with ‘Superior Donuts.'”

The cast is rounded out by David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, Rell Battle and Katey Sagal.

Prior to the network ordering a re-pilot, “Superior Donuts” originally starred “Spotlight’s” Brian d’Arcy James in the role now filled by Hirsch.

CBS has been looking for a starring role for Fowler for quite some time. He developed a comedy during the 2015-2016 season that he wrote and was set to star in, but it did not go to series. He also headlined his own comedy special, “Jermaine Fowler: Give’em Hell Kid,” on CBS-owned cabler Showtime.

Fowler will serve as exec producer on “Superior Donuts,” along with Bob Daily, Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery, Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman. CBS Television Studios is producing.

No premiere date has been set, but “Superior Donuts” will premiere midseason on CBS.

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