In a move that amounts to some must-see TV for Homer J. Simpson, CBS has picked up the pilot for a show called Superior Donuts, reports Variety. The comedy is based on a 2008 play by Tracy Letts, and its plot follows "the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee, and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago."
The Superior Donuts writing team consists of Bob Daily, a veteran of Desperate Housewives and Frasier, and Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, both of whom wrote for Family Guy, Scrubs, and Community. Starring in the show, according to Deadline, are:
- Brian d'Arcy James (Smash) as Arthur, the owner of a doughnut shop.
- Jermaine Fowler (Friends of the People) as Franco, Arthur's young employee.
- David Koechner (The Office) as Tush, a regular customer at the shop.
- Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement) as Randy, a "sarcastic and matter-of-fact street cop."
- Theater actor Sarah Stiles as Dana, a professor at nearby Loyola University "with a weakness for jelly donuts and a soft spot for Arthur and her fellow patrons."
There's no guarantee the show will be picked up for a full season, but the team will hope it can garner the kind of accolades earned by series such as Bob's Burgers. If that happens, there might be a cookbook in Superior Donuts future.