Maybe there are a few happy endings after all.
Eliza Coupe, who played the uptight and competitive Jane Kerkovich on the dearly departed ABC show Happy Endings, will star in a new comedy series on USA called Benched. In the new show, Coupe will play a successful corporate lawyer who has a mental breakdown after being passed up for an expected promotion. Coupe sounds like a perfect choice for the character, who sounds suspiciously similar to Jane, who too exuded control but was really only a hair away from a complete manic break.
The half-hour comedy will be written and produced by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones, while John Enbom, co-creator of Party Down, will serve as showrunner. While it sometimes feels like cable TV is comprised of about 95 percent courtroom shows these days, the comedic talent behind Benched gives us hope that the show will add something fresh to the sameness of the doldrums that comprises most legal programs.
Coupe's previous show lies in the quiet graveyard of sitcoms that ended way too soon. The little comedy was a bright and shiny beacon of laughs that got shuffled in the confusing mish mash of ABC's scheduling. The frantic and quick-witted comedy gave the network a healthy injection of fun and unpredictability, but the show was sadly canceled after its third season, even after fans and other networks launched desperate campaigns to save it from termination.
Maybe Benched is USA's attempt to give fans a little solace after Happy Endings met its demise. The network obviously liked what Coupe brought to Happy Endings, and though that she had what it took to carry her own show. It won't be the show we wanted, but maybe it will be the next best thing.
It's a well-known fact that Canadians hold a special, maple syrupy-like power when it comes to nabbing themselves other Canadians to call their own. And it looks like Happy Endings TV star Elisha Cuthbert has used this sticky-sweet power of hers to reel in a proposal from NHL star/Toronto Maple Leafs captain/fellow Canadian Dion Phaneuf, according to People. Mazel!
Looks like The Girl Next Door won't have to wait 24 years for her Love, Actually, since Happy Endings exist for this Old School babe after all! (Are you rolling your eyes yet?) We've reached out to Cuthbert's rep for confirmation.
The two maple-leafed lovebirds have been dating since 2008. No word if they're planning on a banquet of poutine for the ceremony.
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It's shaping up to be an amazing year for top model Marisa Miller, who can now add the top spot on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list to her 2008 accolades.
The American beauty landed her first Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover in February and now she has beaten Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel to the coveted No. 1 on Maxim's annual countdown of lovely ladies.
Magazine editor James Kaminsky insists Miller was his choice because "she represents the return of the great American supermodel."
The top 10 on the new Hot 100 list is:
1. Marisa Miller
2. Scarlett Johansson
3. Jessica Biel
4. Eva Longoria Parker
5. Sarah Michelle Gellar
6. Elisha Cuthbert
7. Eva Mendes
8. Christina Aguilera
9. Lindsay Lohan
10. Ashley Tisdale
(Click here to view our photo gallery of the top 10!)
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