Jermaine Fowler To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Superior Donuts’, James Burrows To Direct

Jermaine Fowler has closed a deal to star in and co-executive produce Superior Donuts, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by The Odd Couple showrunner Bob Daily and Community alums Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan. James Burrows has come on board to direct the pilot for CBS TV Studios.

Based on the play by Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur, his new young employee, Franco (Fowler), andCBS Logo their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. Fowler’s Franco is a high-energy, fast-talking force of nature who sees Superior Donuts as a symbol of everything he loves about the neighborhood — it’s authentic and real.  As Arthur’s new (and only) employee, he’s going to make it his mission to drag the shop — and Arthur — into the 21st century …

Daily, who serves as showrunner, executive produces the pilot alongside Goldman, Donovan, Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman.

As a co-executive producer, Fowler is expected to have creative involvement in the project.

jamesburrows copyThis is the second pilot directing gig this season for sitcom veteran James Burrows, who is celebrating a milestone — 1,000 TV episodes directed — with a primetime special on NBC. Burrows also is finalizing a deal to helm CBS/CBS Studios’ multi-camera pilot starring Matt leBlanc.

CBS has been very high on rising actor-comedian Fowler. It pursued him aggressively in the summer, signing him in a rich development deal for a multi-camera starring vehicle that also included a comedy special on sibling Showtime.

This is the second consecutive pilot for Fowler. Last year, he toplined a semi-autobiographical half-hour at ABC, with Whoopi Goldberg playing his grandmother.

Fowler, an alum of the CollegeHumor troupe, co-created, writes and stars in TruTV’s sketch comedy Friends Of The People and has been featured on MTV2’s Guy Code and Comedy Central’s Comedy Underground With Dave Attell. Fowler is repped by WME, 3 Arts and and attorney Jared Levine.

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  1. Don J.on Feb 9, 2016 2:49 pm

    How’d they get so many good people attached to the worst pilot script of the season?

    • Stratuson Feb 9, 2016 10:04 pm

      Terrific news! It would be nice if there was a pilot channel where fans could see the projects that don’t go forward to series.

    • Clariceon Feb 9, 2016 11:29 pm

      You must not have read Chunk and Bean.

      • Don J.on Feb 10, 2016 10:28 am

        Chunk and Bean is on my reading list today…. not looking forward to it now.

  2. Maxon Feb 9, 2016 6:44 pm

    They could have got an African American to direct this pilot instead of an old white guy. Same old story. Cast a person of color to star and have a white person tell him what to do.

    • Anonymouson Feb 9, 2016 11:41 pm

      I’m an African American actor who has been directed by James Burrows! Let me tell you this show is very fortunate to have a genius like him working on it!

    • Kelly Burrowson Feb 10, 2016 1:44 am

      Max, Surely you jest. An old white guy? A white person? How dare you objectify this extraordinary legend; James Burrows is the real deal. He’ll bring out the best in the cast. Mark my word. He’s also one of the most down to earth, genuine gents. Ever. Comedy knows no color my dear friend, Max. Open your mind and your heart. Leap of Faith. Blessings to you.

      • Maxon Feb 10, 2016 10:06 am

        Hey man…I know the guy is a good director and everything but I’m just talking diversity.

        • Kelly Burrowson Feb 11, 2016 2:07 am

          Hey Max. I have a feeling you’re young. Good for you! Please make time to read about Abe Burrows. Abe is the Father of James Burrows. And read about Jimmy. Tough to imagine television without James Burrows! What a rich history; full of hard work, devotion, talent, family, comedy/humor and Love…so much Love. A keen interest in people. All people. Compassion and tireless love for the work. For artists of all trades. Here’s hoping Superior Donuts is a great success for all involved. Blessings Max!