Jermaine Fowler to Produce and Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Superior Donuts’

Jermaine Fowler
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CBS comedy pilot “Superior Donuts” has found its first cast member in Jermaine FowlerVariety has learned. Along with co-starring in the potential series, the comedian will also serve as a co-exec producer.

“Superior Donuts” is based on the 2008 play by Tracy Letts. The multi-camera comedy follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.

Fowler will play Franco, the highly energetic new employee at the donut shop, working under the owner, Arthur (yet to be cast). As gentrification looms, Franco sees Superior Donuts as a symbol of everything he loves about the neighborhood with its authenticity and realness, so he makes it his mission to drag the shop — and Arthur — into the 21st century.

Fowler has previously been in business with CBS, as he sold to the network a comedy project that he wrote and was set to star in earlier this year. He also headlined his own comedy special, “Jermaine Fowler: Give’em Hell Kid,” on CBS-owned Showtime.

Last pilot season, Fowler was cast in a semi-autobiographical ABC comedy with Whoopi Goldberg set to play his grandmother. That project wasn’t ordered to series, but Fowler has had upward momentum with two consecutive network pilots.

“Superior Donuts” is written by Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily, who will exec produce along with Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery, Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman. CBS Television Studios will produce. Daily will serve as showrunner.

Fowler is repped by WME.

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