CBS's loss is Craig Robinson's gain.
Formerly attached to CBS midseason comedy Friend Me, Amanda Lund has been tapped for the female lead opposite the Office regular in NBC's single-camera pilot written by Office scribe Owen Ellickson and executive produced by Office developer Greg Daniels.
She will play Elizabeth, a perky and earnest teacher who has a hard time relating to Craig's loose and self-motivated behavior. A strong believer in positive reinforcement, Elizabeth feels that the best way to teach students is to shower them with constant and unwavering praise.
Best known for playing warehouse manager Darryl on The Office, Robinson stars in the untitled project as Craig, a talented musician with his share of rough edges who must adjust to his new life teaching music in a big-city middle school. He encounters a whole new world of teacher politics and the temptations of single mothers.
Previously, Lund starred in Friend Me, a new multi-camera comedy that CBS had ordered for midseason. That series stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Braun as two best friends who move to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at a website coupon service company called Groupon. Lund was set to play the female lead, an upbeat and socially awkward young woman who heads to L.A. after breaking up with her boyfriend and lives next door to the guys.
Following the death of co-creator Alan Kirschenbaum in October, Friend Me remained in limbo and was not featured on the network's midseason schedule. The episodes will likely be burned off over the summer.