CBS picks up 'Bad Teacher' series after all

Though CBS's upfront presentations were a week ago, the network has decided to give a late pick-up to new series Bad Teacher, whose pilot had been presumed dead after the show didn't receive an early pick-up. Instead, it looks like Bad Teacher will go to series after all, though we'll probably have to wait until spring 2014 to see it.

The series will be based on the 2011 comedy film Bad Teacher, though it will star Ari Graynor (Fringe), not Cameron Diaz, as the show's titular teacher. The series deviates slightly from the series -- instead of the lead being a gold-digger dumped by a wealthy fiance, CBS's bad teacher will be a "former trophy wife who becomes a teacher in order to meet a new man," according to Hitfix.

Bad Teacher's pilot was written by Hilary Winston (a writer for Community's first two seasons, as well as My Name Is Earl and Happy Endings), and is executive produced by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who co-wrote the original film's screenplay.

What do you think about CBS picking up Bad Teacher? Are you excited to see a weekly take on these high-school antics?

Bad Teacher will probably be slated for an early 2014 premiere, though it could honestly premiere anytime in the 2013-2014 television season.

- Bad Teacher
- Ari Graynor

Written by: mcpherson
May 22nd, 2013, 2:16 pm

Image courtesy of Vanity Fair


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Message Posted On May 22nd, 2013, 5:06 pm

I can't beleive CBS is this desperate. They must be expecting heavy attrition in their new shows. Let's be serious, the movie was only passible so why would I think slightly altering the premise is going to make this into a good show. And why put Ari Graynor in a part that needs a strong comedic lead. This whole thing looks like a train wreck waiting to happen.


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Message Posted On May 22nd, 2013, 2:19 pm

I'll give it a try but i can't really see Ari Graynor being a strong enough lead, granted all i've seen her in is Fringe.

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