Darien Sills-Evans (HBO’s Treme) and Anna Baryshnikov (Wiener-Dog) have been cast as regulars opposite Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsch in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot Superior Donuts. After the end of this past pilot season, where Fowler starrer Superior Donuts was in serious consideration for a series pickup, CBS ordered a new pilot for the project with some character and casting changes.
Written and executive produced by Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily based on the play by Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur (Hirsch), his new young employee (Fowler) and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. Sills-Evans will play James, a police officer and regular customer of Superior Donuts. Baryshnikov plays Maya, a perpetual graduate student with multiple degrees who comes to Superior Donuts to work on her Ph.D. dissertation. Maya is a new character, while Sills-Evans replays James Earl who played the role in the original pilot.
The cast of Superior Donuts also includes Maz Jobrani, David Koechner and Rell Battle who was promoted from a guest star in the original pilot.
Daily, Goldman and Donovan executive produce alongside Fowler, Mark Teitelbaum, John R. Montgomery and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman for CBS TV Studios.