About The Show
“Benched” is a single-camera comedy about a high-powered corporate lawyer’s fall from grace into the rough and tumble world of the public defenders.
Distinguished corporate lawyer Nina Whitley (Eliza Coupe, “Happy Endings”) has given up everything in her climb to the top. However, when she’s hit with her ex-fiancé’s wedding announcement and learns that she hasn’t made partner at her high power firm, Nina snaps -- breaking vases and burning bridges. Now that Nina is shunned from the corporate world, the only place she can get a job is at the Public Defender’s office: home to the underfunded, understaffed, overworked, “if you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be provided…” lawyers. In addition to her new clients, Nina must learn to connect with her co-workers who include the roguish Phil (Jay Harrington, “Better Off Ted”), the idealist Carlos (Oscar Nunez, “The Office”), the useless empathetic Cheryl (Maria Bamford, “Adventure Time”) and the dedicated intern Micah (Jolene Purdy, “Under the Dome”). If that didn’t sound tough enough for Nina, she’ll also be going head-to-head with her ex-fiancé, Trent, (Carter MacIntyre, “Drop Dead Diva”) the rising star of the District Attorney’s office.
“Benched” is from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins (“Saturday Night Live,” “Trophy Wife”) and Damon Jones (“Halfway Home”). John Enbom, co-creator of the critically acclaimed comedy "Party Down,” serves as executive producer and showrunner. Mark Gordon (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” “Ray Donovan”) and Andrea Shay (“Family Tools”) are executive producing for The Mark Gordon Company. “Benched” is from ABC Signature, a division of ABC Studios