5:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Under the Dome' Alum Boards USA's 'Benched' (Exclusive)
USA Network's upcoming Eliza Coupe legal comedy has hired a new intern.
Under the Dome alum Jolene Purdy has boarded Benched as a series 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 not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler.
Purdy, who played the beloved radio station engineer on the freshman season of CBS' Dome, will portray Micah, an intern in the public defender's office. She joins a cast that also includes The Office's Oscar Nunez.
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.
Purdy, repped by DBA and Vanguard Management, has also appeared in Breaking Bad, Glee, Raising Hope and Gigantic.