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Brandon Jones Cast In Fox’s Matt Hubbard Pilot, Trio Join ABC’s ‘American Education’

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

brandonBrandon Jones has been cast in Fox‘s multi-camera comedy pilot/soon-to-be-series created/executive produced by Matt Hubbard and exec produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Directed/exec produced by Pam Fryman, the comedy is set at a women’s college that begins accepting men for the first time. Jones, repped by Greene & Associates and Velocity Entertainment, will play Gerald White, one of the four male students at the college — strapping, handsome, corn-fed, incredibly naive, from a town of 300 in Utah and a devoutly Mormon family. Read More »

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Brittany Snow To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘An American Education’

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

snowEXCLUSIVE: Pitch Perfect‘s Brittany Snow is set as the female lead opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot An American Education, based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. British actor-comedian Whitehall, who created and starred in the original series, is reprising his role as Alfie Wickers, now a British transplant and an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students, but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. Snow, repped by ICM Partners, Magnolia Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham, will play Sarah McIntyre, an earnest and book-smart chemistry teacher who is the object of Alfie’s eye as her current boyfriend is leaving the country. Rosie Perez co-stars the school’s hard-assed vice principal. Craig Zisk is directing from a script by Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory.

Related: ABC Gives Pilot Order To Adaptation Of Britcom ‘Bad Education’

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Rosie Perez Joins ABC Pilot ‘An American Education’, ‘Devious Maids’ Adds Regular

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 9:50am PST
Nellie Andreeva

perezEXCLUSIVE: Rosie Perez is set to star opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot An American Education, based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. British actor-comedian Whitehall, who created and starred in the original series, is reprising his role as Alfie Wickers, now a British transplant and an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. Perez plays Rita Gomez, the school’s hard-assed Vice Principal, a terrifying force that grew up in a bad neighborhood who intimidates Alfie by her no-nonsense, bullish, self-righteous, by-the-numbers approach to ruling the school, or how she sees it, her kingdom. Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote the script from a story they co-wrote with Whitehall and Ben Cavey. All four exec produce for ABC Studios. Read More »

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ABC Gives Pilot Order To Adaptation Of British Comedy ‘Bad Education’

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has made another early comedy pickup, greenlighting An American Education, a single-camera project based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. Film and TV writers Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote the script from a story they co-wrote with the original series’ creator/star Jack Whitehall and executive producer Ben Cavey through Tiger Aspect, which produces the British show. All four executives produce. 25-year-old British actor/comedian Whitehall is set to reprise his role as Alfie Wickers in the U.S. version where Wickers, a British transplant, is an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. He juggles his time between mentoring his students, bucking the system and pursuing the attractive new chemistry teacher. ABC Studios is producing, with filming slated for January in Los Angeles.

It is not unusual for the stars of overseas series to also star in the U.S. version, with examples including Wilfred‘s Jason Gann, Low Winter Sun‘s Mark Strong and Free Agents‘ Anthony Head. But all those shows had completed their runs by the time the U.S. series took flight. Meanwhile, Bad Education is still a hot series (watch a trailer below). It posted a BBC Three series premiere ratings records with its launch last … Read More »

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