The pilot pick-ups just keep on coming.
CBS is continuing to venture away from their traditional multi-camera sitcom format, issuing a pilot order for "Bad Teacher." The show is an adaptation of the 2011 feature starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, and Justin Timberlake. The plot revolves around a divorcee who has to return to teaching when her sugar daddy realizes she only married him for his money.
Hopefully the pilot will inject a little comedy with the misanthropy, because the film seemed to forget to do that -- not even Segel yelling at children could save that stinker. Given the talent involved, the series could be a significant upgrade, as "Community" and "Happy Endings" writer Hilary Winston penned the script for the adaptation and will serve as showrunner while the film's writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg took a producer credit.
On the drama side, The Eye is moving forward with filming the legal drama pilot from "The Mentalist" creator Bruno Heller, entitled "The Advocates." The project was written and produced by Heller, and centers on a female lawyer and male ex-con who team up as victim advocates, bending the rules and cutting through legal red tape to right wrongs and fight for the downtrodden. A little bit "Moonlighting" and a little bit "Leverage" perhaps?
What do you think about the latest pick-ups?