Eliza Coupe to Star in USA Network Pilot “Benched”
Oh Happy day: Eliza Coupe is once again bringing her comedy chops to TV.
The Happy Endings aluma has been tapped to star in Benched, a single-camera project that received a pilot order from USA Network on Wednesday.
From executive producers Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife) and Damon Jones (The Groundlings), as well as Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) and Andrea Shay (Family Tools), the sitcom centers on a career-driven attorney who loses out on a promotion, suffers a nervous breakdown and rebounds as a public defender.
Party Down creator John Enbom will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
Coupe — who most recently co-starred on ABC’s ill-fated Happy Endings and portrayed Will Arnett’s ex on CBS’ The Millers — will next recur on Season 3 of Showtime’s House of Lies.
Adam Pally Explains How He Ended Up in ‘Iron Man 3′
Comedy fans who watched Iron Man 3over the weekend might have been surprised to see comedian and Happy Endings star Adam Pally in a cameo role. Midway through the movie, Pally appears as a cameraman who is a big fan of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. Pally gave an interview to Vulture this week explaining how that happened, and it turns out he’s known Downey Jr. for years. Here’s Pally talking about his involvement in the movie:
I actually got the role in a roundabout way: I got called in about three years ago to meet Robert Downey Jr. and write web series stuff for him. He’s basically my idol, and he was trying to find an online presence for himself, and through that we just started working together. Eventually I got the call for Iron Man, and I read sides that had nothing to do with what I did in the movie …
Universal and Gold Circle have found the thesps to lead their “Search Party” with T.J. Miller, Adam Pally and Thomas Middleditch on board to star in the comedy.
Todd Phillips’ collaborator, Scott Armstrong is set to make his directorial debut and will rewrite the script. The original script was written by WME repped Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller and was featured on the 2010 blacklist.
Pic revolves around two roommates who go to serious lengths to save their friend who is stranded somewhere in Mexico.
Brooks will produce for Gold Circle with COO Scott Niemeyer executive producing. Neal H. Moritz will produce under his Original Film banner alongside Armstrong and Ravi Nandan for American Work.
Universal will distribute. U and Gold Circle had previously worked together on “Pitch Perfect,” with a script already in the works for a sequel after “Pitch Perfect” over-performed with more than $100 million at the worldwide B.O.
Miller is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment, Middleditch is repped by WME and manager Kirsten Ames and Pally is represented by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Happy Endings fans, rejoice! Eliza Coupe will be back on your TV this fall.
The actress has been snagged by CBS’s forthcoming comedy The Millers, EW has learned exclusively. She will recur on the show as the ex-wife of Nate (Will Arnett) and first appear in the Oct. 24 episode.
Coupe’s addition to The Millers, which also stars Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges, rounds out a supporting cast that already includes Gleestar Jayma Mays, who will play Nate’s sister Debbie, and VEEP‘s Nelson Franklin, who will play Debbie’s husband.
Meanwhile, Coupe is not the first Happy Endings cast member to land a post-cancellation gig. Adam Pally and Damon Wayans Jr. have secured spots on The Mindy Project and New Girl, respectively while Casey Wilson landed a network deal at ABC.
Elisha Cuthbert, star of Happy Endings (ABC Fridays, 8 P.M.), is planning her wedding to NHL player Dion Phaneuf, 27, with the help of the iPad mini stowed in her Coach Saffino tote. “All my inspiration is on my Pinterest boards,” she says. “I haven’t been stressed at all!” What else does she have handy?
Manis to Go
“I’ve got a ton of nail polish with me, probably more than normal people, because I swap a lot with [costars] Casey Wilson and Eliza Coupe. I also have cuticle oil, a top coat, a nail file, everything!”
Even Better Than Netflix
“I’m still carrying Oscar screeners. My favorite movie so far is Silver Linings Playbook. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I loved it!”
It’s Da Balm
“When it comes to lip products, I’m pretty simple. I like Carmex. And I’m obsessed with EOS balms (Eos Lip Balm Smooth Spheres-Summer Fruit $3.30, evolutionofsmooth.com). I have four.”
‘Happy Endings’ star Eliza Coupe dons sexy monokini for Esquire
“Happy Endings” star Eliza Coupe is showing off her fantastic figure and her sharp wit in the April issue of Esquire.
The funny woman, 31, shows off her curves in a sexy black monokini for the magazine’s “Funny Joke from a Beautiful Woman” feature.
“A man races into a bar, sweating and visibly shaken. He turns to all the patrons and starts yelling, ‘Does anyone own a 6-foot penguin?’” the comic started.
“All the patrons shake their head. The guy says, ‘Damn, I hit a nun,’” the actress quipped.
Coupe, who stars alongside Elisha Cuthbert and Casey Wilson on the ABC sitcom, opened up about her upbringing. Coupe may look like the height of femininity these days, but in her childhood, she enjoyed brawling over a hockey puck with her two brothers.
“I was basically raised as a third son,” the star confessed. “But I’ve girlied out.”
Coupe also admits that she’s still sweet on her childhood celebrity crush, Jim Carrey. She even had a run-in with the “Ace Ventura” star.
“I was in the back at this awards show and kind of got pushed off to the side and backed into something I thought was just a bench,” the actress explained. “I looked over my shoulder, and there’s Jim Carrey sitting on a crate. My butt was in his face.”
Alas, Coupe didn’t grab the opportunity to meet “The Mask” comedian.
“I could have said anything. Like, ‘How’s it going? I’m attracted to you,’” Coupe recalls. “But I just said sorry and walked away. That was me.”
Along with fellow CalArts’ School of Theater alumnae Alison Brie (“Community”) and Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”), Eliza Coupe is making a splash in the world of comedy. She stars in the recently released romantic comedy, “Shanghai Calling,” and can also be seen on the ABC ensemble sitcom “Happy Endings.”
During a recent phone interview, we talked to Coupe (Theater BFA 06) about her work on Shanghai Calling, her acting career and advice for the graduating class of actors who are heading east for the New York Showcase on Monday.
Shanghai Calling was shot in six weeks in Shanghai and required Coupe’s expat character to be fluent in Mandarin. Coupe said she had about two weeks to immerse herself in the pinyin (phonetic) system before leaving, practicing two hours each day with a teacher here in LA.
“I think it’s hilarious, but when I got the call about this film, I was actually coming back from a French lesson,” she said. “I thought learning a language is like learning a language…no it’s not. Learning Chinese was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I’m not a mathematical person, and Mandarin is incredibly mathematical.”
Coupe said the learning was an important part of the process. “As an actor, it was important to me to actually act and not just mimic, so I needed to know what [my character] was saying.” The hard work paid off, with the film and Coupe getting good notices from Variety and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
While her comedy career’s now in high gear, Coupe is the first to admit that the road wasn’t easy. “I took a class at the Groundlings and was not asked to move forward,” she said. “In their defense, I was not in a place where I could actually take in what I was learning. I needed to grow up a little bit…I wasn’t ready for it, and it showed.”
She retreated to her family’s New Hampshire home before making the move to New York, where she worked as a waitress and bathroom attendant in Times Square. In New York, Coupe said that she’d buy one ticket to either the Upright Citizen’s Brigade or the People’s Improv Theater and watch the sets from opening to last call, breaking down what the players were doing.
Damon Wayans Jr. Poised to Rejoin “New Girl” Cast for Major Season 3 Stint
Happy Endings‘ Damon Wayans Jr. is thisclose to hooking up with the Girl that got away.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Wayans is nearing a deal to reprise his New Girl role of Coach for a significant Season 3 arc.
You’ll recall Wayans appeared in the New Girl pilot, but was forced to drop out when Happy Endings scored a surprise Season 2 renewal; Lamorne Morris’s Winston was brought in to fill the void. Endings‘ official (and extremely unfortunate) demise paved the way for Wayans’ likely return. (Fox declined to comment for this story.)
Jake Johnson, who’s currently shooting the comedy Let’s Be Cops with Wayans in Atlanta, kicked up the Coach comeback buzz last month when he told TVLine in the wake of Happy Endings ABC cancellation that he’d be thrilled to “welcome [Wayans'] back to the loft,” adding, “I would be surprised if he doesn’t come back for a while. There would be such funny episodes with the Coach seeing what’s happened in the past two years since he’s [been] gone.”
New Girl kicks off its third season on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
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