TV Land has given a pilot order to Teachers, a comedy based on the popular web series of the same name. Community co-star Alison Brie is attached to executive produce the project, which 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 b****,” these teachers are certainly changing the world, one student at a time. (Watch a sizzle reel for the web series below.) The stars of the web series — Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas — aka The Katydids (their names are all variations of Katie) – are signed on to reprise their roles. “From the second this project came across my desk, I’ve been in love with it,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “The tone of the show is unlike anything we’ve had on TV Land. I’m really excited about the idea of building this unexplored world, where teachers are the eccentric characters you always hoped they weren’t.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Alison Brie, who stars in NBC’s Community and recurs on Mad Men, is set to join Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard, the Etan Cohen-directed comedy. In the Gary Sanchez-produced pic for Warner Bros, Ferrell plays a wealthy investment banker wrongly convicted of a crime, who toughens up for prison under the wing of the guy who washes his car (Hart). Brie will play the fiancee of Ferrell’s character. Repped by WME, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Sloane Weber, she next will be seen on the big screen in Universal’s Search Party.
Alison Brie has signed with WME. She was at UTA. Brie currently juggles two series — she is a female lead on NBC’s cult comedy Community, which recently was renewed for a fifth season, and recurs on AMC’s Emmy-winning drama Mad Men. Additionally, Brie stars in the indie Kings Of Summer. She continues to be managed by Scott Fish at Velocity Entertainment Partners and repped by David Weber.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Oscar-nominated Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver to join the cast of Five Year Engagement, the Judd Apatow-produced comedy that stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans and Lauren Weedman. Nicholas Stoller is directing the script he wrote with Segel. The comedy charts the ups and downs of an engaged couple en route to the altar. Weaver’s repped by ICM and Elevate.
The actress starring in the Mike Leigh-directed Another Year was yesterday nominated for a BAFTA Award (the British Oscars) for her performance. And Lesley Manville was also awarded Best Actress by the National Board of Review. Her previous screen credits include Vera Drake, Topsy-Turvy, All Or Nothing, and A Christmas Carol. Manville is a sought-after UK stage actress, having starred in several high profile productions at The Old Vic and the National. Although ICM just signed her, she continues to be represented in the UK by Sue Latimer and is managed by Marsha McManus. ICM is now repping several Oscar-touted thesps this year like Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Robert Duvall (Get Low), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). Clients Al Pacino (for HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack), Laura Linney (for Showtime’s The Big C), and Melissa Leo won Golden Globes in their respective categories Sunday night.
In other Hollywood agency signings, Alison Brie, who plays the female lead opposite Joel McHale on NBC’s comedy series Community and Trudy Campbell on AMC’s Mad Men has just signed with UTA. She has a lead role in the upcoming Scream 4. She’s still with Vital Management Group.