David Koechner

'Superior Donuts' has sweet performances but is full of holes

'Superior Donuts' has sweet performances but is full of holes

“Superior Donuts” doesn’t exactly scream CBS, at least on paper.

For starters, the sitcom, premiering Thursday, is based on a play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tracy Letts —  decidedly highbrow source material for a proudly mainstream network where James Patterson adaptations are generally about as literary as it gets.

Then there’s the subject matter.  Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch) is the owner of a proudly old-fashioned doughnut shop in Chicago’s up-and-coming Uptown neighborhood, where crime is still a problem but yuppies and Starbucks are beginning to take over. Enter Franco Wicks (Jermaine Fowler), an enterprising young black man who wants to...

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