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.

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  1. Donna says:

    Sounds kinda dumb, but Brian d’Arcy James is AWESOME.
    (Please please PLEASE let him sing while he makes to donuts! One of the biggest mistakes of SMASH was to not let BDJ sing.)

  2. Jake L. says:

    This means he would have to leave Something Rotten in the event of a series pickup, yes?

    • ninergrl6 says:

      My guess is that he’d be leaving SR this spring anyway — leads typically only stay for a year — regardless of this series’ future. So glad I got to see him as Nick Bottom twice. I LOVE that show!

  3. jakis says:

    That is one odd play to make into a sitcom. I mean… There is a lot more going on there than your basic sitcom premise. If they stick a laugh track on it, you know all is lost. Meanwhile, Brian d’Arcy James isn’t old enough or hippy enough. It was Michael McKean on Broadway, and the whole set up is that he is an old hippy with a gray ponytail.