Friends and frequent collaborators Adam McKay and Will Ferrell (who have teamed up for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and The Other Guys) are working with actress Anne Heche to produce Bad Judge, a half-hour comedy series for NBC.
Deadline reports Chad Kultgen (who wrote the forthcoming film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell), is writing the series, which Heche brought to Ferrell and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions banner.
Right now Heche is only producing the series (along with Hot Rod and Mean Girls executive producer Jill Messick) about a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance, as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system. It’s obviously just a TV series adaptation of Bad Teacher, which is interesting since the film that starred Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel is also getting the TV series treatment at CBS.
Does this mean every network will have their own series with a morally questionable character having an influential job? Something like Bad Doctor seems pretty likely (though that’s basically House M.D. or The Mindy Project) or maybe Bad Cop (and the inevitable spin-off Good Cop). The possibilities are endless!
Heche is already busy at NBC with the mid-season comedy series Save Me coming next year. The series follows Beth (Heche), who is revived after a near-death experience, only to realize she now has a direct line to God. Of course, her husband Tom (Michael Landes) is skeptical and dismissive – and his mistress (Alexandra Breckenridge) is stunned to learn that her lover’s wife is now a prophet. But when inexplicable things begin to happen, everyone’s beliefs are tested.
Sounds like a risky venture, so if Save Me doesn’t work out, it might be nice to have Bad Judge in her back pocket, maybe as a starring vehicle in addition to a producer’s credit. Stay tuned.