Among the comedies NBC has added to their 2010-2011 roster is Friends with Benefits, which stars Ryan Hansen of Veronica Mars and Starz’s currently airing comedy series Party Down.
In addition to Hansen, this new relationship-centered comedy also stars One Tree Hill’s Danneel Harris and Dollhouse’s Fran Kranz. From the cast, it already sounds like this show’s going to have a lot of personality. Hansen is hilariously douchy in his role on Party Down (a trait that served him well in Veronica Mars) and Kranz played the adorably geeky mega-genius, Topher Brink in the cancelled Joss Whedon series Dollhouse.
(Recent Update: According to Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello, Fran Kranz and Ian Reed Kesler were dropped from the show and will be recast. That's disappointing. Wondering if they're going in a different direction with the characters.)
NBC didn’t specify in their release of this information but since it's not included onNBC's fall schedule, it seems Friends with Benefits won’t be premiering until 2011. (That’s always subject to change).
Below is NBC’s description for the series.
From Oscar and Emmy winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Arrested Development), Friends With Benefits is a half-hour comedy revolving around a group of twenty-something singles as they navigate the difficult, and often confusing, world of dating. Ben Weymouth (Ryan Hansen, Party Down) is on the hunt for the perfect woman who meets his unique set of standards, while his best friend, Sara Maxwell (Danneel Harris, One Tree Hill), is just looking for a man to settle down with and raise a family. Ben and Sara have fallen into the habit of turning to each other for moral and physical support as they wait for Mr. and Ms. Right to arrive. Their friend Aaron (Fran Kranz, Dollhouse), a romantic at heart, doesn't approve of Ben and Sara's complicated friendship, but he, along with womanizer Hoon (Ian Reed Kesler) and straight shooter Riley (Jessica Lucas, Cloverfield), are all distracted with their own dating trials and tribulations.
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