The network was set to offer a comedy lineup led only by white men
Widely criticized for a lack of diversity in its fall lineup, CBS is hoping to remedy the situation, at least partly, by adding a redeveloped comedy “Superior Donuts,” starring comedian Jermaine Fowler.
CBS has eight new shows for 2016-17 but the entire comedy lineup was set to feature white men: Kevin James in “Kevin Can Wait”; Joel McHale in “The Great Indoors” and Matt LeBlanc in “Man With a Plan.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Superior Donuts was shot as a development project. Now, because of the the dust-up about the overall lack of diversity, CBS decided to reshoot the pilot with new actors and has ordered 13 episodes of the show.
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the comedy follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop (Judd Hirsch, who replaced Brian d’Arcy James), his new young employee (played by Fowler) and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.
“This show has been very high on our radar since we first put it into development last winter,” CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller told The Hollywood Reporter. “Jermaine Fowler is a rising young star, Judd Hirsch is a comedy legend and the entire cast is full of great comedic talent. We’re very excited to expand our comedy lineup with Superior Donuts.”