[07/20/15 - 11:43 PM] Development Update: Monday, July 20 Updates include: Adult Swim pulls the plug on "China, IL"; Lucy Lawless dismisses rumors of a "Xena: Warrior Princess" revival at NBC; and Aurora Perrineau joins the cast of ABC's "Blood & Oil."
[06/03/14 - 11:39 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, June 3 Updates include: Brian Dennehy on track to join Amazon's "Cocked"; Alexis Carra cast in ABC Family's "Recovery Road"; and Richard Kind first to board Amazon's "Red Oaks."
[02/27/14 - 11:33 PM] Development Update: Thursday, February 27 Updates include: Gina Rodriguez is "Jane the Virgin" for The CW; Tommy Dewey to lead "Mission Control" for NBC; and Joe Pantoliano to spend "More Time with Family" over at CBS.
[02/12/14 - 11:31 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 12 Updates include: Cristin Milioti is the first to board NBC's "A to Z"; FOX gives series order to Will Forte's "Last Man on Earth"; and Jonathan Ryland is NBC's "Lifesaver."
[10/23/13 - 11:21 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, October 23 Updates include: Eliza Coupe to get "Benched" at USA; Kathryn Prescott to lead MTV's "Finding Carter"; and Keenen Ivory Wayans to pen comedy pilot for ABC.
SEASON(S): 1 (12 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES: confirmed as canceled on 1/14/15
DESCRIPTION: (from USA's press release, September 2014) Courtroom drama is no laughing matter... until now! USA Network's new original half hour comedy BENCHED will premiere Tuesday, October 28th (10:30-11 p.m. ET/PT) immediately following USA's laugh-out-loud reality hit CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST. BENCHED, starring Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings"), is a single-camera comedy about a high-powered corporate lawyer's fall from grace into the rough-and-tumble world of the public defenders. BENCHED from ABC Signature Studio, stars Coupe as Nina Whitley, a distinguished corporate lawyer who has given up everything in her climb to the top. However, when she's hit with her ex-fiancé's engagement announcement and learns that she hasn't made partner at her high power firm, Nina snaps -- breaking vases and burning bridges. Now that Nina is shunned from the corporate world, the only place she can get a job is at the Public Defender's office: home to the underfunded, understaffed, overworked, "if you can't afford a lawyer, one will be provided... " lawyers. In addition to her new clients, Nina must learn to connect with her co-workers, including the roguish Phil (Jay Harrington, "Better Off Ted"), the idealistic Carlos (Oscar Nunez, "The Office"), the useless empathetic Cheryl (Maria Bamford, "Adventure Time") and the dedicated intern Micah (Jolene Purdy, "Under the Dome"). If that didn't sound tough enough for Nina, she'll also be going head-to-head with her ex-fiancé, Trent, (Carter MacIntyre, "Drop Dead Diva") the rising star of the District Attorney's office.