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Eliza Coupe is coming off the bench.
The star of the canceled USA comedy Benched has booked a five-episode arc on Hulu’s Casual. The comedy, which hails from Jason Reitman, follows a bachelor brother (Tommy Dewey) and his newly divorced sister (Michaela Watkins) as they deal with the crazy world of dating while living together and raising a teenager (Tara Lynn Barr).
Coupe will join the cast as Emmy, described as the perfect match for Dewey’s Alex because she is “witty, sharp and unapologetic in her perspective on sex and relationships.” But her free spirit threatens to drive them apart.
Casual reunites Coupe with Watkins, who created Benched with Damon Jones. The comedy was canceled in January after one season. Coupe, who is repped by UTA and Kirsten Ames Management, also starred as Jane Kerkovich-Williams in ABC’s Happy Endings, which ended its three-season run in 2013. Her television credits also include House of Lies, The Millers and Scrubs.
Casual landed a 10-episode straight-to-series order from Hulu in October as the streamer continues to bulk up its original fare with comedy series Difficult People, Jason Katims drama The Way and J.J. Abrams event series 11/22/63. Written by Zander Lehmann, Casual will launch later this year. Reitman, Lehmann, showrunner Liz Tigelaar and Helen Estabrook are executive producing the series for Lionsgate Television and Hulu.
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