CBS Orders 'Bad Teacher' Sitcom for Mid-Season
CBS Orders 'Bad Teacher' Sitcom for Mid-Season
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
If the 22 new comedies the four major networks have already ordered for the 2013-2014 TV season aren't enough for you, CBS is adding one more. The network has ordered its TV adaptation of the Cameron Diaz film Bad Teacher to series.

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The show joins CBS' already crowded field of half-hour comedies for next season. The fall will bring four new comedies as well as four returning ones, while Mike and Molly and the new show Friends with Better Lives are slated for mid-season. Bad Teacher makes 11 sitcoms for the network that already has a slew of successful dramas.

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The show stars Ari Graynor (Olivia's sister on Fringe) in the Diaz role as a teacher desperate to find a new husband after she was dumped. The sitcom also stars Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, The Talk), David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) and Sara Rodier.

Bad Teacher is being adapted by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, writers from The Office. The pair are also executive producers of the new ABC comedy Trophy Wife and co-writers of the upcoming HBO comedy Hello Ladies starring Stephen Merchant.

This is the sixth new comedy CBS has ordered for next season. It already has Mom starring Anna Faris, We Are Men with Tony Shalhoub, The Millers with Will Arnett, The Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar and mid-season sitcom Friends with Better Lives with James van der Beek.

With eight comedies on the fall schedule and three set for mid-season, either CBS is planning on many of its new sitcoms to fail or perhaps the network will try to expand to a new night of comedy at mid-season, following its' two-hour blocks Mondays and Thursdays.

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