CBS Picks Up Bad Teacher to Series, Well After the Bell

By Tim Surette

May 22, 2013

Even though the janitors JUST finished sweeping up the red plastic cups from The CW's post-Upfronts punch-bowl party, the Upfronts are NOT over! In an slightly unexpected maneuver, CBS has ordered one more pilot to series: the TV adaptation of the Cameron Diaz's 2011 zinger Bad Teacher. Joy.

Given the late decision, CBS will save this one for midseason. I'm guessing the network finally got a look at its crop of new sitcoms and panicked a bit. Plus, now that the network is expanding its Thursday comedy block to two hours, that's eight laughers on the schedule and there's nothing wrong with having a little backup. I just wish they'd picked up Super Clyde (with that ginger kid from Harry Potter as a fast-food worker/superhero) instead. 

Single-camera comedy Bad Teacher stars Ari Graynor in the role Diaz portrayed, that of a divorced woman who starts teaching to find a husband. I'm still trying to figure out how this setup is actually supposed to make sense. Doesn't she know that she'll be teaching KIDS? Is she trying to marry a kid? Is she going after single dads? Does she have eyes on the gym teacher? The series also stars Ryan Hansen, David Alan Grier, Kristin Davis, and Sara Gilbert. 

How does this sound to you, handsome/pretty reader?

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  • tazzzje May 24, 2013

    I wonder how many episodes it gets. The movie wasn't half bad but i don't think it will translate very well to a tv show.

  • FilmFanatic May 24, 2013

    The fact that people hate something that didn't even air yet is sickening. The film was very funny and the tv adaptation might go either way but give the show a chance before hating it!

  • mrfurious00 May 23, 2013

    I can't wait! til this gets canceled!

  • JT_Kirk May 23, 2013

    This is not a bad call on CBS's part, they had only 1 filler show in the chamber and there will be hiatuses and perhaps cancellations. This one has a simple premise and is obvious, that's the CBS sitcom recipe. The image provided does not help it though, it's like a bad halloween costume on that actress, not passable.

    Super Clyde was too high-concept, he's poor then he's rich then he wants to be a superhero with no abilities, the laughs just write themselves? I woulda watched, but I doubt few others would have joined us, Tim.

  • JosephCecil May 23, 2013

    I love Ari Graynor but this seems much more like an FX(X?) show than a CBS show.

  • FilmFanatic May 24, 2013

    Just because Anger Management is on FX doesn't mean all shows similar to films fit for FX. Let's not forget Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story were/are also on FX

  • cbod14 May 23, 2013

    So CBS couldn't keep Cold Case, CSI NY and Vegas but they found room for this? Brilliant where do I sign up to be a programming director?

  • AngelicaJones May 25, 2013

    Are you dumb? Cold case was cancelled WAY BEFORE this show was even written. So what are you talking about?

  • kanniballl May 23, 2013

    In their defense, a sitcom is typically cheaper to put together than a complex crime drama.

    Cheaper sets, no real "on location" stuff needed, simpler stories, fewer characters, less studio time to shoot, etc. And if it flops, the investment into it wasn't that huge. Even with a big name on the marquee, a sitcom tends to be cheaper.

    I'm not saying I agree: I am really going to miss Vegas and I thought Cold Case was solid. I'm just saying, it makes *some* sense.

    Trying something quick-and-cheap instead of difficult and more expensive... risk vs reward.

  • JessicaUhln May 23, 2013

    I so wanted Super-Clyde instead. That's one of the bigger bummers of 2013 up-fronts...

  • Notusedname May 23, 2013

    Hey, they cancelled Rules of Engagement, they put this upon themself. :-)

  • FilmFanatic May 24, 2013

    Rules of engagement was so funny!

  • Notusedname May 24, 2013

    I agree.

  • ChrisPeplinsk May 23, 2013

    I also loved the bad teacher movie as well.

  • Taccado May 23, 2013

    I will watch this if Anna Torv plays her sister. It looks like Anna hasn't gotten any work after Fringe ended, so maybe the producers of Bad Teacher could make my wish come true.

  • AngelicaJones May 25, 2013

    Wow, make it all about Anna Torv. Who cares about ari graynor! I mean Anna already had her damn show but heaven forbid that somebody other than Anna finds success. You anna fans are soooo pathetic.

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