"Starved" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" were two new comedies recently premiered by the FX Network. About the cancellation of "Starved," FX President John Landgraf told the industry paper, "The show had a lot of fans, so it was tough to choose [between it and 'Sunny']. Ultimately, we felt that we're just not in a position to spread our resources. We launched our dramas one at a time, and launching two like we did this summer just didn't work out as well."
Co-starring Sterling K. Brown, Del Pentecost and Eric Schaeffer, "Starved" featured Benanti as one of four friends, all in their thirties, who were dealing with eating disorders. Benanti played Billie, a "bisexual recovering bulimic/anorexic who is an up and-coming singer/songwriter." The other characters included a recovering anorexic, a compulsive overeater and a recovering bulimic.
Described as a "comedic take on America's addiction to food," "Starved" was written and directed by Eric Schaeffer, who co-starred in the series. Schaeffer and Dan Pasternack were executive producers of the comedy.
Laura Benanti most recently portrayed Claudia in the Tony-winning revival of Maury Yeston’s Nine. She received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Swing! and the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She was also seen in The Sound of Music, Time and Again and the City Center Encores! mounting of Wonderful Town. Benanti’s regional credits include roles in A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha and A Winter’s Tale. Benanti will return to Broadway this season in The Wedding Singer.
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