Brian d’Arcy James Superior Donuts

Superior Donuts: Brian d'Arcy James to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot

Hot on the heels of Spotlight‘s Oscar triumph, co-star Brian d’Arcy James has booked the lead role in CBS’ multi-cam comedy pilot Superior Donuts, TVLine has learned.

Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the potential series follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.

James — best known to TV audiences as the estranged hubby of Debra Messing’s Julia on Smash — will play the shop’s owner, Arthur, a typically gruff, to-the-point Chicagoan and the patriarch to his loyal customers.

The cast also includes comedian Jermaine Fowler (as Franco, the shop’s newest employee) and Better Off Ted‘s Maz Jobrani (as a high-energy, opportunistic businessman who wants to buy the donut shop from Arthur).

Former Community and Scrubs EPs Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan penned the pilot with Desperate Housewives‘ Bob Daily. James Burrows is set to direct.