CBS Developing ‘Bad Teacher’ TV Series

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Last summer the raunchy comedy Bad Teacher – starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel – hit theaters, and the modestly budgeted comedy was quite a success pulling in over $216 million at the worldwide box office.

Now Bad Teacher will be looking for successful television ratings as the comedy from director Jake Kasdan and The Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg is being adapted into a TV series at CBS.

The film followed an ill-mannered, irresponsible, weed-smoking, gold-digging teacher (Diaz) who tries to woo a wealthy fellow teacher (Timberlake) in order to live the good life with little to no effort. Of course, she ends up finding true love and a satisfying life with the school gym teacher (Segel). It’s not hard to see how this story can translate to TV – something like New Girl but with a far less charming lead character and a little less hipster and indie sensibilities.

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THR ┬áreports Hilary Winston (who has written for series like Happy Endings, Community and My Name is Earl) will script the series and executive produce along with Eisenberg and Stupnitsky. Winston has been busy working on getting a series of her own off the ground for awhile as she developed the workplace comedy Happy Valley this past fall, but NBC passed on the series which would have starred Freddie Prinze Jr. and Mena Suvari. In addition, she’s also working on Girls on Film, a comedy about three best friends who are all single at 30 with different levels of dating experience. The project already has a script plus penalty commitment from NBC.

The question is who will step up to lead this series? Abby Elliott recently departed Saturday Night Live and has been looking for her own TV series to lead, and this could be right up her alley. Or maybe once The Office concludes, Jenna Fischer could show a different side to her comedic chops. Stay tuned as this project develops.


Source: THR

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  1. Does anyone really watch TV anymore. I think the total television demographic of viewers has been lowered since 2000 with the increasing amount of technology available.

    • theres more to just the us, poor countries all over the world watch tv because they have more access than computer, so no. Americans arent the only ones out there.

    • TV, especially on the cable side of things, has been growing in popularity and quality for the past five years. If anything, technology has made TV more popular than ever because new series can be watched anywhere.

      Evidence of this can be seen at Comic-Con where movie studio presence has decreased each year over the past three while TV shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and more just keep getting bigger.

  2. :-P

    • ^???^ I put a dude with his tounge out in disgust and they put a happy smiley guy…

  3. soo its pretty Much american version of Mr.D

  4. There is a UK series, (only 6 episodes) called Bad education, its well funny and to be honest I think with this sort of idea it could only be good with a maxmine of 20 episodes

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  6. This is ridiculous. Another plotless comedy! As a public educator I will not be watching and I am ask others to boycott as well, we face enough battles without having to defend our profession to this.