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Fresh Faces of Fall TV: Beth Behrs of "2 Broke Girls"

Critics have been hailing as one of the most promising new shows of the fall the odd-couple comedy "2 Broke Girls," created by former "Sex and the City" showrunner Michael Patrick King and comedienne Whitney Cummings (who is also starring in her own sitcom this fall, NBC's "Whitney"). A kind of modern day "Laverne & Shirley," "2 Broke Girls" will have a special debut following megahit "Two and a Half Men" on Sept. 19 before settling into its regular 8:30 p.m. Monday timeslot following "How I Met Your Mother."

As the sharp-tongued, cash-strapped, seasoned Brooklyn diner waitress Max, Kat Dennings continues to tap the sarcastic vein of humor she's been perfecting in films like Thor and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

But to play Caroline, the Paris Hilton-type socialite who is forced to find a job after her dad is sent to prison and her family loses all its money (can anyone say Bernie Madoff?), King and Cummings went with the unknown Beth Behrs, who reportedly edged out much higher-profile actresses for the part.  

Until now, Behrs's biggest credit has been a lead role in the 2009 straight-to-DVD sequel American Pie Presents: The Book of Love. She credits some Funny or Die videos that she made with a friend for helping her land the coveted part in "2 Broke Girls," which is shaping up to be one of the new season's comedy breakouts. Behrs was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Marin County near San Francisco. She graduated from UCLA with a degree from the School of Theater, Film and Television in 2008, and began booking small parts on TV shows including "NCIS: LA" and "Castle."  

Perhaps this musical theater vet — she once auditioned to play Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, which she has called her "ultimate dream role" — might even get to show off her pipes in an episode or two. How about karaoke night at the diner?

Take a look at a preview of "2 Broke Girls" below. And keep checking Young Hollywood for more Fresh Faces of Fall TV!

 

 

- Andre Chautard, YH Staff