All Rise! Hilarity is Now in Session with BENCHED, Premiering October 28, Exclusively on The Comedy Network

— October 20, 2014

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TORONTO (October 20, 2014) – The Comedy Network is heading to court for the debut of the all-new comedy series BENCHED, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. In this 12-episode, single-camera, half-hour series, Eliza Coupe (HAPPY ENDINGS) stars as Nina Whitley, a distinguished corporate lawyer who after having spent her career climbing to the top, hits a career low after a very public breakdown. This turning point in Nina’s life lands her a new job in the public defender’s office where she attempts to rise from the ashes of her old life surrounded by criminals, the disenfranchised, and a group of eccentric coworkers. 

Jay Harrington and Eliza Coupe take over the public defender’s office in BENCHED

“When Bell Media secured BENCHED in June as part of our big-ticket acquisitions, we knew it fit right in with Comedy’s roster of premium comedy,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “With the charismatic Eliza Coupe at the helm of this quick-witted series, we’re confident BENCHED will fast become a fan favourite.”

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Joining Nina in the courtroom are attractively scruffy public defender Phil (Jay Harrington, BETTER OFF TED); co-workers Carlos (Oscar Nunez, THE OFFICE) and Cheryl (Maria Bamford, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); Nina’s dedicated intern, Micah (Jolene Purdy, UNDER THE DOME); and Trent (Carter MacIntyre, DROP DEAD DIVA), Nina’s ex-fiancé and professional nemesis.

In the series premiere of BENCHED, Nina learns that her ex-fiancé is engaged, three months after their breakup. When she finds out that she’s been passed over as partner at her high-power corporate law firm, Nina loses it, breaking vases and burning bridges. Shunned from the corporate world, the only place Nina can find work is at the Public Defender’s office.

BENCHED is from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, TROPHY WIFE) and Damon Jones (HALFWAY HOME). John Enbom (PARTY DOWN) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Mark Gordon (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Andrea Shay (FAMILY TOOLS) are executive producing for The Mark Gordon Company. BENCHED is from ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios.



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