Photo Flash: First Look - Amanda Peet, Jeffrey Tambor in NBC's BENT
BENT is a romantic comedy about a womanizing, surfer dude contractor and his beautiful, no-nonsense, type-A client, who work together to remodel each other's lives as they renovate her Venice, California home.
On the surface, Alex (Amanda Peet, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") and Pete (David Walton, "Perfect Couples") could not be more different. The recently divorced Alex is a hard-working, high-strung lawyer who is raising her 8-year-old daughter, Charlie (Joey King, "Ramona and Beezus") as a single mom following her husband's incarceration for insider trading.
Unwilling to let anything get in her way, she downsizes into a smaller house and hires charismatic Pete, a free-spirited ladies man and recovering gambling addict who desperately needs this gig with Alex to jumpstart his life -- and prove that he is no longer a screw-up. Upon hiring him, Alex quickly realizes that she has met her match in Pete, who -- along with his motley construction crew - will not only tear apart her kitchen, but transform her worldview in the process.
Adding to the charm of Alex's family life is her wild younger sister, Screwsie (Margo Harshman, "Sorority Row"), who, unfortunately for Alex, seems to be cut from the same reckless cloth as Pete. Meanwhile, Pete's home life includes his narcissistic, live-in father, Walt (Jeffrey Tambor, "Arrested Development"), a perpetually unemployed actor who still yearns to get back in the game.
Peet has appeared in a variety of films, including the 2003 psychological horror 'Identity', the 2005 action-thriller 'Syriana' and the 2006 comedy-drama 'Griffin & Phoenix'. She has also appeared in the 1999 drama series 'Jack & Jill' and the 2006 comedy series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Jeffrey Tambor made his Broadway debut in 1976 in the comedy Sly Fox, appearing opposite George C. Scott and directed by Arthur Penn. He appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Measure for Measure that same year. He has remained active in theater, directing Lanford Wilson's Burn This at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles and acting and directing at many regional theatre companies, including the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago and the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard and in plays by Shakespeare, Molière and Chekhov, as well as contemporary writers. In 2005, he returned to Broadway in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.