TVLine Items: Under the Dome Actress Benched, Super Bowl Winner Visits Y&R and More

Benched Jolene PurdyUnder the Dome alumna Jolene Purdy is rebounding with a series regular role on USA Network’s upcoming comedy series Benched, per The Hollywood Reporter.

RELATED | Benched Casts The Office‘s Oscar Nuñez

The single-cam laugher — penned by Trophy Wife‘s Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones (Halfway Home) — stars Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) as Nina, a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion and finds herself working as a public defender.

Purdy will play Micah, an intern at Nina’s new office.

Read for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

• You just won the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson! What are you going to do next? Guest-star on The Young and the Restless on March 13, of course!

• Showtime’s Ray Donovan has cast Kip Pardue (Mad Men, ER) in a multple-episode guest spot for Season 2, per The Hollywood Reporter. The actor will play FBI agent Volchek, who works for Hank Azaria’s James Cochran.

RELATED | Ray Donovan Season 2 Casts Wendell Pierce

• BET’s Being Mary Jane has upped Stephen Bishop to a series regular, reports our sister site Deadline. Bishop portrays David, a man with whom Mary Jane tries to work things out.

• TLC has ordered a Breaking Amish spin-off, titled Return to Amish, which follows original cast members Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah and Kate as they acclimate to their new lives while still applying some Amish traditions to holidays and major life events. The six-episode series is slated to premiere in June.



Comments (6)

  • Awesome! Jolene Purdy was one of the only good things about Under the Dome and I can’t wait for her in this new project.

    Comment by Matt – February 21, 2014 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! I liked her a lot in Under The Dome and I think Eliza Coupe is amazing, so I’ll definetly check that one out!

    Comment by Parker – February 21, 2014 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Benched sounds like a watered down Enlightened.

    Comment by Et al – February 21, 2014 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad Jolene will be back on TV in a new show. She was great on Under The Dome.

    Comment by Joey – February 21, 2014 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely glad to hear this! Two of my favorite actresses on one show!!😊😍

    Comment by Matt – February 21, 2014 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • *Referring to Eliza Coupe and Jolene Purdy. I also don’t watch that much TV, but I might actually check out “Benched”

      Comment by Matt – February 21, 2014 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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