Bad Teacher is headed to CBS.
The show, based on the sleeper 2011 comedy of the same name, has been in development for some time. There was some recent doubt over whether it would be picked up by a network after it was ignored at the upfront presentations last week.
However, CBS announced one week later that it would be picking up Bad Teacher for a 13-episode order.
Adapted from the film by Community‘s Hilary Winston, the TV series Bad Teacher stars funnygal Ari Graynor in the Cameron Diaz role.
CBS describes Graynor’s character as an “inappropriate, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless.”
Ryan Hansen, David Alan Grier, Sarah Gilbert and Kristin Davis will round out the cast.
The Hollywood Reporter calls her character “a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher in order to find her next husband.”
Though there are still some doubts as to whether Bad Teacher will find success, CBS is bulking up its comedy block, possibly looking for a How I Met Your Mother, which will likely wrap after next season.
Along with Bad Teacher, CBS is testing five new comedies: The Crazy Ones, The Millers, We Are Men, Mom, and Friends With Better Lives which is also benched for midseason.
If there’s one persuasive argument for the show’s success, it’s Ari Graynor. A criminally-underrated comic actress, she has made regular and memorable appearances in various films and TV shows.
Most recently, she starred in For A Good Time Call … after writer and co-star Lauren Miller sent her a letter calling her “one of the only people out there who could be both sexy and vulnerable and funny all at the same time.”
Are you a fan of Ari Graynor? Do you think that Bad Teacher will be a success for CBS? Sound off!
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