CBS Orders Jermaine Fowler Comedy “Superior Donuts”

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After receiving a great amount of criticism for the lack of diversity in their new fall shows, CBS has ordered starring Jermaine Fowler. The multi-camera show was up this past development season but missed a pick up and was instead reshot.

The show follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee, and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. The series is based on the play by Tracy Letts. It stars Fowler, Judd Hirsch, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, David Koechner, Katey Sagal, Maz Jobrani, and Rell Battle.

Donuts has been given a 13-episode order and is produced by CBS Television Studios. Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery, Michael Rotenberg, Josh Lieberman, and Fowler produce the series. James Burrows directed the pilot.

When CBS revealed their fall line-up back at upfronts, there was backlash since they picked up three new sitcoms, all starring white men, including Kevin Can Wait (Kevin James), Man with a Plan (Matt LeBlanc), and The Great Indoors (Joel McHale).

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