Superior Donuts: New CBS Sitcom Gets a Special Post-Big Bang Premiere

It’s time to make the donuts: CBS has given its new sitcom Superior Donuts a premiere date… and a nice, cushy launching pad.

Donuts will debut Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8:30/7:30c after (natch) an all-new episode of mega-hit The Big Bang Theory. (CBS, wisely, has used the Big Bang ratings halo to launch several new comedies in recent years.) Then it’ll settle into its regular timeslot on Feb. 6: Mondays at 9/8c, between Man With a Plan and 2 Broke Girls.

The comedy stars TV veteran Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Dear John) as the prickly owner of a Chicago donut shop and stand-up comic Jermaine Fowler (Friends of the People) as his young employee, who helps his boss keep up with a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Let the Odd Couple-style shenanigans begin!

Rounding out the Donuts cast are familiar names like Katey Sagal (as a street cop who’s a regular at Superior Donuts), Anchorman‘s David Koechner and Better Off Ted‘s Maz Jobrani. Interestingly, Hirsch and Sagal play in-laws on Big Bang; Hirsch plays Leonard’s father, and Sagal just guest-starred this season as Penny’s mom.

Does Superior Donuts sound tasty to you? Give us your early review in the comments. 

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15 Comments
  1. Kevin says:

    CBS may have another awful sitcom. #sorrynotsorry

  2. Carmen says:

    I hope this is good bc I LOOOOVE this cast! it’s lead by a black actor and the show will tackle racism. I don’t think the CBS audience is ready for this. Anyway, Im looking forward to this but why is CBS still stuck in multicam set sitcoms? Ugh laugh tracks in 2017? Annoying!

  3. Louise says:

    This show is based on a great play by Tracy Letts, but seems so far removed from its source material that it’s either bound to fail spectacularly or bound to be a hit. Nothing in between.

  4. TvLover says:

    Ugh, now I want donuts.
    I think Judd Hisch and Katy Sagal are great, the show . . . Meh.
    I’ll give it a try a couple episodes.

  5. It’s all about the cast!

  6. Penny Can says:

    Love JH but no.

  7. Jim J. says:

    I do not know how CBS could assign “Superior Donuts” to an X:00 pm timeslot already. Your sibling site Deadline said that one reason “2 Broke Girls” is being shifted to 9:30 pm is to help shore up “Scorpion” whose ratings have been really terrible this season. What kind of a lineup would have the only veteran sitcom be in an X:30 pm timeslot?

  8. BillyBobJohnson says:

    It was a mediocre play on Broadway with a limited run. One critic compared it to a TV sitcom. Maybe it will do better on TV.

  9. John says:

    I don’t understand why cbs cancels Mike&Molly. But puts stupid crap like this on.

    • Marlene KG says:

      Mike and Molly got cancelled because Melissa McCarthy lost all that weight. That was a stupid reason. That show was Chicago funny.

  10. Marlene KG says:

    Just watching the first episode now. Like that there’s Chicago cops in there, but they need to get it right. Mike & Molly had the uniform right. You need the Chicago flag on the sleeve, not the American flag. We LOVE that flag!

  11. Marlene KG says:

    Dang, they got another thing wrong about Chicago. There was a shot of an L train going by and it was not a Chicago L. This show needs to get more real, get interstitial shots that are actually from Chicago to give it the right look. Take a tip from Mike & Molly. There is some sharp, witty commentary. They’re taking political shots at city issues. Hmmm, gotta see where this goes, but get the details right.