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USA's Eliza Coupe Comedy 'Benched' Books Carter MacIntyre

He'll board the legal comedy as the ex-fiance and professional nemesis of the "Happy Endings" alum.

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Carter MacIntyre

USA Network's upcoming Eliza Coupe legal comedy Benched has enlisted the services of Carter MacIntyre.

The Drop Dead Diva alum has boarded the series as a regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The single-camera series focuses on Nina (Happy Endings' Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a public nervous breakdown after getting passed over for an expected promotion and finds herself working as a public defender. Her personal and professional worlds are turned upside down when she joins the ranks of the legal world's underdogs, and she quickly realizes that the law isn't quite as fair as she once thought. Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted) co-stars as Nina's new colleague, Phil, a tall, dark and handsome, if a bit scruffy, public defender and avid gambler.

STORY: USA Orders Eliza Coupe Comedy 'Benched' to Series

MacIntyre will play Trent, Nina's former fiance and professional nemesis. The actor most recently guest-starred on ABC's Mixology and The Tomorrow People and he appeared in the pilot Schlub Life. Other credits include Private Practice and Undercovers. He joins a cast that includes The Office's Oscar Nunez and Under the Dome's Jolene Purdy.

The half-hour comedy hails from writers/executive producers Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live, Trophy Wife), Damon Jones (the Groundlings) and John Enbom (Party Down), the latter of whom will serve as showrunner. Prolific producer Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Ray Donovan) is on board as an EP alongside Andrea Shay for The Mark Gordon Co. The comedy marks the first project to come from ABC Studios' recently launched boutique division, ABC Signature. Mike Fresco directed the pilot presentation.

MacIntyre is repped by UTA and Principato-Young.

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