Benched Cancelled by USA Network

Benched Cancelled USA Network

Benched has been… don’t make us say it.

USA Network has decided not to bring back the legal comedy, which starred Eliza Coupe, for a second season, TVLine has confirmed.

Our sister site Deadline first reported the cancellation.

The series’ first season finale aired Dec. 30.

TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect the cancellation.

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  1. Jane says:

    Noooo!!! This show was so good.

  2. Kalikym says:

    I figured as much no fire no winner just ok show

  3. Carl says:

    There goes the only USA show I ever watched.

  4. Ron Hyde says:

    I’m not surprised. I tried watching the show. Not funny at all. I do like Eliza Coupe. Hopefully she will find something soon.

  5. B says:

    I’m a fan of eliza coupe but I just couldn’t get into this show

  6. m3rcnate says:

    Makes sense, i just started watching it. lol.

  7. Ken says:

    The only show i’ve ever watched on USA. Won’t be watching anything else because they have pretty generic shows that don’t appeal to me.

    • aplwrites says:

      Have you ever tried Burn Notice? That show was the only thing from USA I stuck with. Benched just seemed extremely pedestrian with no character chemistry to speak of as well as a shallow plot line with no discernible story arc.

    • A says:

      You deprived yourself of the most glorious show on the face of the planet. Psych and it’s delicious flavor

      • Amy says:

        Yes, yes, yes!! Still watch the past seasons on a very regular basis. And still get depressed about once a month it’s not on anymore =(

    • jim says:

      but they have the realistic not fake wrestling….lol lol lol lol

  8. Linda says:

    Oh yeah, well that figures. One of the only smart comedies for the new season.. made us laugh and it’s smart – to smart I guess, just like Sean Saves The World – first show that’s made me LOL, like Friends did. I don’t get it – isn’t it juvenile enough – like the idiotic, inane Big Bang Theory?!!

  9. Angie says:

    I told myself I wouldn’t watch this, til I knew it was not going to be a 1 season show. But…I got bored over the holidays so binge watched it, and dammit I loved it.

  10. Leigh Penny says:

    USA has been making terrible cancellation decisions lately. This, Covert Affairs, Rush. What gives? They don’t have any good shows left!

    • Steven says:

      I still enjoy Suits, but that’s about it.

      • BeaAnn44 says:

        Suits is the only thing left on USA for me too. When that’s gone, I think I will be too as the sound of their new programming direction does not appeal to me. We’ll see, but I liked USA the way it used to be. With quirky, funny, original shows. And Burn Notice which is prob my all-time favorite USA show (but I know it’s been gone awhile).

    • mary moore says:

      Totally agree, this show had no chance with a reality (ugh) show sharing the hour.

  11. Tran says:

    Eliza Coupe was so hilarious on Happy Endings but I’m really shocked why USA Network pulled the plug on Benched after one full season. Who knew it was the same network that recently axed Covert Affairs and already marked the end of White Collar.

  12. B says:

    Bad move. I loved this show.

  13. Jo j o jo says:

    Boo boo boo. Great show!!!!!

  14. Me says:

    And I will not be watching anything on USA anymore. They really are canceling all of there good shows. Anything that is remotely happy and allows some escapism, gone.

  15. Ray says:

    Eliza Coupe deserves so much better.

  16. javadude54 says:

    Too bad. This show is hilarious.

  17. Lindsey says:

    I had a feeling that would happen. Such a shame. It was very funny. Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington both deserve successful shows.

  18. Carol C says:

    Very sad because I thought the show was funny and I wanted to know more. Pretty well my last reason to watch USA.

  19. Lex says:

    I am so sad! I love this show and am so disappointed to see it go!

  20. I’m so mad. I loved this show. :( And now that we know it isn’t coming back, it SUCKS the way they ended it. :(

  21. Hattie says:

    USA sucks.

  22. Raymond says:

    I never knew about Benched’s existence til I was channel-surfing and caught Eliza Coupe on Late Night w. Seth Meyers. I liked her so much in Happy Endings, I checked it out and really enjoyed it. I’m sure if people knew about Benched, it would have been a hit.

  23. CJ says:

    WHAT?! Noooo!

  24. Pati says:

    I watched a few episodes and it was really funny.

  25. A says:

    Happy endings just needs to come back so my favorite tv married couple can be reunited. I miss you Brad and Jane!

    • gatesu says:

      Damon being on New Girl is pretty much the only thing that would get the way. Adam’s leaving Mindy. Eliza is free now. Casey, Zachary and Elisha’s shows also seem like they’ll be one-and-done shows as well. Not that Happy Endings will get revived at this point anyway, but damnit I wish Netflix or Hulu would’ve jumped on it.

    • kn1231 says:

      Eliza should head over to New Girl, as a romantic companion for Coach. That would actually spark my interest to start watching New Girl again.

  26. prish says:

    I am so grateful for the episodes they did make and let us see. It was one of the most brilliant shows, ever. Thank you, USA Network.

  27. Mike L says:

    What a pity. USA network had a winner in Eliza Coupe; a beautiful, talented comedic actress who carried the show. I looked forward to it.

  28. Bama girl says:

    Very disappointing news. This site was so funny and I really enjoyed it.

  29. bmac53 says:

    It really grew on me….disappointed

  30. Tiara says:

    Too bad…enjoyed the show once I found out it was on and then binge watched it.

  31. sherry says:

    that is so sad i really enjoyed that show it was a good comedy there are so many reality shows on now its hard to find just a good comedy like benched i hope they reconsider,

  32. I hate USA Network for cutting Benched. Just another example of how the networks don’t have a clue what people want to watch. They’ll probably replace it with some low budget reality trash.

  33. S says:

    So…..what shows are left on USA network??? Seriously though, it feels like everything is gone.

  34. jim says:

    Once again the a-holes in the upstairs offices have made a decision. People must realize we’re dealing with people who NEVER think of the consumers. I thought the show was very good but like always what we think don’t matter..HEY USA LOSE THAT FREAKIN GAY WRESTLING CRAP!

  35. aw says:

    That is really sad, it picked up so much and showed such great promise. And the lead actress is so great and gorgeous. Any chance of anyone else picking it up??

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  37. Joey Padron says:

    sad news, the show was good and funny. hope Eliza will be back on TV soon!

  38. Marc says:

    I’m a little disappointed. I enjoyed it, but I worked in (civil) legal services for the poor and a lot of the little things on the show rang true to me about what legal aid and public defender offices are like: the clients, the understaffing, the frustration.

  39. Anne Marie says:

    Perhaps it is time for USA to close up shop if they are so dissatisfied with their programming!

  40. Frankie says:

    Saw this coming when they started to do back to back episodes. Sure sign it was going to be cancelled when they start burning them off

  41. SherryB says:

    Not surprised..Fairly decent show but USA isn’t into giving fairly decent a chance to catch on..

  42. Maya says:

    Another show gone. What is going on with USA lately? They are returning to their pre-Psych/Burn Notice days when they was nothing on this network to watch. I wish they would have given this show a real chance. I used to watch so many shows on USA but now it’s only Suits.

  43. Dennis says:

    Ugh. This sucks

  44. Tallee says:

    well- CRAP!

  45. Maria says:

    damn, I liked this show…which is a tell tale sign. Every show I like gets cancelled. I don’t know if that says something about my taste or the networks…

    • It’s not you, it’s the Network. See, they have these executive types that are so out of touch with real people who believe they know more about us than we know about us. Bottom line..ARROGANCE! Some 30 something guy that is so full of himself thining he knows more about TV than the actual customer. Meanwhie they air that Crisly crap. DUMB!!!!!

  46. Song4Ten says:

    USA is falling into the same pattern as SyFy. They cancel the good stuff and keep the crap…

  47. Sarah says:

    Why?! Good writing/good actors. Very funny show. Dumb move, USA Network.

  48. marc says:

    Best comedy on TV. Combination of NightCourt and Cheers. Great ensemble, perfectly cast. USA honchos must be high.