USA Network Cancels ‘Benched’ After One Season

“Happy Endings” alum Eliza Coupe starred in the half-hour series, which wrapped its run in late December

Last Updated: January 14, 2015 @ 9:40 PM

It’s one and done for USA’s “Benched. The half-hour comedy, produced by ABC Studios, has been cancelled by the network, TheWrap has confirmed.

“Happy Endings” alum Eliza Coupe starred in the series as a high-stakes, tough-as-nails attorney whose bad attitude leads to a major life adjustment. She loses her job and winds up working at the public defender’s office for Los Angeles County.

While the series held onto consistent ratings of approximately 800,000 viewers throughout its 12-episode run in the fall. Those numbers were below those for “Siren,” but on par with “Playing House.” “Playing House” earned an unusual renewal, thanks to its strong VOD viewership. It will now premiere on VOD before airing on USA.

No such luck for “Benched,” though there are some reports in the media that producers ABC Studios are in the process of shopping the show to other networks.

“Benched” was created by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones. The series co-starred Jay Harrington, Carter MacIntyre, Oscar Nunez and Jolene Purdy.

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