The Detour Laura Benanti Series Regular Season 3

The Detour Promotes Laura Benanti to Series Regular Ahead of Season 3

Apparently, mail fraud is a bigger problem on The Detour than we’d been led to believe, because Edie’s sticking around: Laura Benanti has been upped to series regular status on the TBS comedy, TVLine has learned.

The Tony winner/Supergirl alum guest-starred in Season 2 as a United States Postal Service inspector who took her job very, very seriously and who crossed paths with Nate (played by Jason Jones) and Robin (Natalie Zea).

When The Detour was renewed for a third season in April, TBS exec Thom Hinkle put out a statement promising that — based on what he’d heard from executive producers Jones and Samantha Bee, “Season 3 is going to be even more effed up” than the previous two.

Benanti played Supergirl‘s Aulra Zor-El until recently, when work commitments in New York (the superhero show shoots in Vancouver) meant she had her to leave the role. (Smallville grad Erica Durance will take over the part.)  Benanti’s long list of TV credits includes NashvilleGo OnThe Good WifeLaw & Order: SVURoyal Pains and The Playboy Club. In addition, she’s shown up a few times on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, performing her (pretty wicked) Melania Trump impression.

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5 Comments
  1. Dijeirusan says:

    I liked her character in S2. Passive-aggressive pregnant cop is a new one. But I wasn’t really fussed if we never saw her again.

    As for the actress – so she couldn’t commute to Vancouver or commit to shooting against greenscreen in NYC, but she can commit to doing 12 episodes of a sitcom that will be shot primarily in Georgia and on-location on a mountain? Hmmm…

    • Lauren says:

      hmm, play a pollyanna ghost, or play an actual character? tough call there! Plus she obviously had this brewing, so “just shooting greeenscreen in NYC” wasn’t possible. lol

    • ScottJ says:

      Its more likely to be a case of timing. She will know exactly when she’s needed in Georgia, and its only the equivalent of 6 hour show episodes. Recurring on Supergirl would have been much more random. Plus she has a nearly 6 month old baby.

    • johnhelvete says:

      $20,000-$40,000 per episode as a series regular vs $8,000 or less per episode to recur.

    • Sue says:

      I haven’t seen that the producers offered her to do a greenscreen version for Supergirl. I tried googling that and only came up with someone in a comments section suggesting it, so I’m not sure that was even an option that was offered. A flight to Vancouver is about 6 hours as opposed to Atlanta, which is 2 1/2. That’s a huge difference especially with a baby. Also 12 episodes of a half hour comedy is a much different commitment than a 23 episode one hour drama where each episode takes a week or more to shoot.