Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, showrunners of Comedy Central’s Peabody Award-winning Key & Peele, have been tapped for the same job on TV Land‘s new scripted comedy pilot Teachers. Based on the popular web series, Teachers revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online to altering a grade because the art teacher is “kind of a bitch,” these teachers certainly are changing the world, one student at a time. It’s set to tape this summer.
“As TV Land begins to explore different comedic styles, we’re excited to collaborate with such talented showrunners like Ian and Jay,” said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. “And we’ll finally unveil one of childhood’s great mysteries: what really goes on behind the door to the teachers lounge.”
Roberts and Martel’s most recent feature screenplay Get Hard is currently in production at Warner Bros with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart starring. Roberts, a founding member of Upright Citizens Brigade, has appeared in numerous TV series and films including Parks And Recreation, Arrested Development, I Love You, Man and Step Brothers. Two-time Emmy nominee Martel wrote and directed the independent feature Terrorists, served as producer and head writer on Comedy Central’s Strangers With Candy. Roberts and Martel are repped by Verve and Principato Young.
Teachers will be executive produced by Alison Brie (Community). It stars Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas – also known as The Katydids – who are reprising their roles from the web series. Matt Miller and Cap Gun TV are exec producing the pilot alongside Brie, and Jones and Keith Cox will serve as executive producers for TV Land.
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