We may have seen the last of midseason CBS comedy series Friends With Better Lives and Bad Teacher. CBS has quietly pulled the shows off the schedule as it is making a push for a freshman comedy series that got renewed for next season, Mom. Repeats of Mom will move into Friends With Better Lives‘ Monday 8:30 PM slot, where it will air next fall. For extra sampling, reruns of Mom also will air behind the biggest comedy series on television, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, in the Thursday 8:30 PM slot for the next few weeks. Starting this week, fellow renewed freshman comedy The Millers, which will return to the Thursday 8:30 PM slot in the fall, will temporarily move to the 9:30 PM berth currently occupied by Bad Teacher, following Two And A Half Men. CBS has an available half-hour slot on Monday for the summer, with 2.5 Men reruns also airing at 9:30 PM there, following Mike & Molly. But the network seems to be going for a clean break from the just-finished season, opting not to continue with any of its cancelled comedies and focusing on the shows that are coming back. There are no plans at the moment for the remaining episodes of FWBL, which has aired 9 of its 13 produced episodes, or Bad Teacher, which has aired 5.
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Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius is set as executive producer and showrunner of NBC‘s newly picked up comedy series Bad Judge. The gig is part of an overall deal Brixius has with Universal Television, which produces Bad Judge with studio-based Gary Sanchez Prods. Written by Chad Kultgen, Bad Judge stars Kate Walsh as wild child Rebecca Wright who knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. Brixius will executive produce alongside Kultgen, Walsh, Anne Heche, Jill Sobel Messick, Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Brixius, repped by WME and Jamie Mandelbaum, most recently created NBC’s comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma.
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After picking up five new drama series and two new comedy series yesterday — plus previously ordered straight-to-series Battle Creek — CBS proceeded with cancelling all of its freshman bubble shows. That includes fall comedy The Crazy Ones, which marked the TV return of Robin Williams; drama Hostages, and midseason entries Friends With Better Lives, Bad Teacher and Intelligence. That means that the only freshman CBS series to make it to Season 2 are comedies The Millers and Mom. Meanwhile, the only returning series still on the bubble, veteran The Mentalist, has been renewed.
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The demise of Intelligence and the long-forgotten Hostages was fully expected as neither made a mark in the Monday 10 PM time slot though there was some argument made about procedural Intelligence. Friends With Better Lives, which had been envisioned as a potential successor to How I Met Your Mother and launched behind the series finale of the long-running CBS comedy, had a shot at a renewal and had supporters at CBS. I hear producer 20th TV may shop it elsewhere. For Bad Teacher, the cancellation comes only three episodes into its run. The comedy, based on the hit movie, exceeded ratings expectations in its debut but dropped off in Episodes 2 and 3. Still, some thought CBS would wait until after the upfronts to make a decision on its future to give it more time. Read More »
CBS is tweaking its Thursday comedy lineup and adding two series in late midseason, new comedy Bad Teacher and returning procedural Unforgettable. Beginning February 27, the first week after the Sochi Olympics, veteran Two And A Half Men and freshman The Crazy Ones will switch places, with Men airing at 9 PM, followed by Crazy Ones. This is a more conventional lineup, with established shows (The Big Bang Theory, Men) as 8 PM and 9 PM anchors and newbies (The Millers, Crazy Ones) in the hammock positions behind them. I hear the reason CBS didn’t go with this schedule last fall was to try to protect Elementary at 10 PM, which was losing its drama lead-in as the network expanded its comedy block to two hours. A seasoned performer, Men was slated at 9:30 PM to lead to Elementary. After a huge launch in September behind an hourlong Big Bang, Crazy Ones has been delivering middling ratings, most recently posting a 1.7 in 18-49 last Thursday vs. 2.7 for its lead-in, The Millers, and 1.8 for lead-out Men. Crazy Ones also is a single-camera comedy sandwiched between two multicams, and Men will likely do better airing behind two other shows of its kind, Big Bang and Millers. Crazy Ones will wrap its 22-episode order on April 17 and will be replaced at 9:30 PM by another single-camera comedy, Bad Teacher, on April 24. The Men-Crazy Ones switcheroo is being done in part to prepare a launch pad for Bad Teacher, based on the hit feature, which will have three weeks to prove itself to CBS brass before they set the schedule for next season. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Cameron Diaz, who played the title role in the hit 2011 Columbia Pictures comedy Bad Teacher, is boarding the feature’s upcoming series adaptation for CBS. Diaz will serve as a producer on the midseason comedy produced by Sony TV, CBS TV Studios and Mosaic. She reunites with the movie’s writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg who serve as executive producers on the series alongside the show’s writer/showrunner Hilary Winston, Jimmy Miller, Sam Hansen and Michael Lasker. The single-camera Bad Teacher centers on hot, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor, also a producer) who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless. The role was played by Diaz in the movie where the character was named Elizabeth Halsey. Diaz will next be seen next in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and is currently filming Columbia Pictures’ Sex Tape, which reunites her with her Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and co-star Jason Segel. Her upcoming projects include The Other Woman and Annie. Her first foray into television producing was Trippin, a 10-episode environmental adventure series for MTV, which premiered in 2004.
UPDATED: Exactly a week after its upfront presentation, CBS has picked up another comedy series for midseason, the single-camera Bad Teacher starring Ari Graynor, which has received a 13-episode order. Sony Pictures TV produced the pilot, an adaptation of the 2011 movie, which will now be a co-production with CBS TV Studios. Bad Teacher was among a slew of half-hour pilots that CBS were brass were high on this season. It screened and tested well and, despite not making the cut before the upfronts, talks between CBS and Sony continued through and after upfront week until a deal was reached. Bad Teacher brings the number of new CBS comedy series on tap for next season to a whooping six, the most in almost two decades. (Last season the network picked up a total of two, only one of which, Partners, got on the air.) CBS’ 2013-14 comedy class is split evenly between multi-camera (fall entries Mom and The Millers and midseason’s Friends With Better Lives) and single-cam (fall’s The Crazy Ones and We Are Men, plus Bad Teacher).
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The pickup brings the number of new Sony broadcast series for next season to eight, a record for the independent studio. It was able to land new shows on every network (The Michael J. Fox Show, The Blacklist, Welcome To The Family and After Hours at NBC, Rake and Us And Them on Fox, The Goldbergs on ABC and Bad Teacher on CBS). Sony was able to get The Blacklist, Welcome To The Family and After Hours picked up and Community renewed for a final season in a complex, hard-fought negotiation with NBC that went down to the wire and resulted in Sony getting all shows involved picked up and securing NBC’s best launching pad, the post-Voice Monday 10 PM slot, for Blacklist. Leveraging the red-hot Blacklist, which had tested through the roof, I hear Sony held firm, indicating it was ready to leave rather than take a bad deal. Meanwhile, I hear NBC got ownership in Blacklist, which could make hundreds of millions of dollars profit in success, and is paying license fee vs. full freight on Community. Read More »
Sex And The City alumna Kristin Davis is returning to series television with a role in the CBS comedy pilot Bad Teacher, from Sony TV. Based on the 2011 movie, CBS’ single-camera pilot, written/exec produced by Hilary Winston, directed by Don Scardino and exec produced by the film’s writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, centers on hot, confident, unapologetic former trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), who becomes a teacher to find a new man after her husband leaves her without a dime. Davis, repped by UTA, Mosaic and Lawyer Jason Sloane, will play Ginny, a history teacher, choir director, Faculty President and Meredith’s nemesis. The role was played by Lucy Punch in the movie. The pilot is also exec produced by Michael Lasker, Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen.
EXCLUSIVE: The Talk creator/exec producer/co-host Sara Gilbert is returning to her comedy series roots with a co-starring role on the CBS comedy pilot Bad Teacher, from Sony TV. If the project goes to series, Roseanne alumna Gilbert will do both Bad Teacher and The Talk the way Kelly Ripa juggled her co-hosting duties on Live! and starring role on the ABC comedy Hope & Faith. In both cases, the talk shows and the primetime series are on the same network, which helps in coordinating schedules. Based on the 2011 movie, CBS’ single-camera pilot Bad Teacher, written by Hilary Winston, directed by Don Scardino and produced by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, centers on hot, confident, unapologetic former trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), Read More »
Robbie Amell has landed the lead role in the CW drama pilot The Tomorrow People. Written/exec produced by Phil Klemmer based on the cult British series, exec produced by Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti and directed/exec produced by Danny Cannon, Tomorrow People revolves around several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution and work together to defeat the forces of evil. Amell, repped by ICM Partners, Coast To Coast and Protege Entertainment, will play Stephen, a tormented man who longs to be normal and is relieved when he learns that he’s not crazy but rather part of a group of genetically superior “Tomorrow People.”
Party Down and Veronica Mars alum Ryan Hansen will co-star opposite Ari Graynor in Bad Teacher, CBS’ single-camera comedy series adaptation of the 2011 movie. Written by Hilary Winston, directed by Don Scardino and produced by the film’s Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the pilot centers on hot, confident, unapologetic former trophy wife Meredith Davis (Graynor), who becomes a teacher to find a new man after her husband leaves her without a dime. Gersh-repped Hansen will play the shorts-wearing athletics coach at the school, a version of the character played in the movie by Jason Segel. He recurs on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and was the lead in Fox’s comedy pilot El Jefe last season. Read More »
Ari Graynor (For A Good Time Call) will play the lead in Bad Teacher, CBS‘ single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie. Written by Hilary Winston, directed by Don Scardino and produced by the film’s writers-producers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the pilot centers on hot, confident, unapologetic former trophy wife Meredith Davis (Graynor) who becomes a teacher to find a new man after her husband leaves her without a dime. A smart and savvy survivor, she sets her sights on a teaching career when she hears there are a lot of rich single dads at a local middle school. Meredith Davis knows what she wants and more importantly, how to get it. The role was played by Cameron Diaz in the movie. In addition to starring, Graynor will also serve as a producer on the pilot where she joins previously cast David Alan Grier. Graynor, repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment and Jamie Feldman, recurred on Fox’s Fringe.
Veteran actor-comedian David Alan Grier has joined Bad Teacher, CBS‘ single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie. Written by Hilary Winston and produced by the film’s writers-producers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the pilot centers on a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband. In Living Color alum Grier, repped by Innovative and Roar, will play the school’s principal. In the movie starring Cameron Diaz, the principal was played by John Michael Higgins.
Bad Teacher, a single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie to be penned by Hilary Winston (Happy Endings, Community) and produced by the film’s writers-producers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, has been set up at CBS. The movie, from Columbia Pictures and Mosaic, starred Cameron Diaz as a foul-mouthed, gold-digging junior high school teacher. The TV adaptation is being produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Winston is under a deal, Mosaic and Stupnitsky and Eisenberg’s Quantity Entertainment. Winston, Stupnitsky and Eisenberg executive produce, with Winston set to showrun.
Winston, repped by UTA, Mosaic and Jared Levine, just sold another comedy project to NBC with penalty. Titled Girls On Film, the show is about three college best friends, who all find themselves single at 30 but with very different levels of dating experience. Winston is writing/executive producing for Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare.
It has been a big last few weeks for ABC Studios-based Eisenberg and Stupnitsky. The duo, repped by WME and Mosaic, got two pilot orders, one at HBO for Hello Ladies, which they co-wrote and executive produce with Stephen Merchant, and one at ABC for Trophy Wife, written and executive produced by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins and starring Malin Ackerman. They also are writing and exec producing an adaptation of the British series Pulling for ABC.
With 350M Sony networked devices including TV sets and PlayStation game consoles expected to be in the market over the next two years “right now that integration has never made more sense,” Sony Corp Of America CFO Rob Wiesenthal told investors at the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference. ”The momentum is there and the capability is there. …You want to maximize the value of all these assets by keeping them together.” He says that the company is approaching $1B in revenue this fiscal year from its PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network. He’s also optimistic about the recent Sony/ATV deal to pay $2.2B for EMI’s music publishing operation which includes rights to 1.3M songs. The plan is still a little mysterious. “We’re coming up with a structure that we haven’t disclosed yet” to make music publishing a separate company. Still, he notes that “music publishing rights are a critical element of any music business” — with revenues that can come from just about any show or device that plays tunes. He also says that he’s encouraged by prospects for the overall music industry, even though it’s just a shadow of its former self. He says that music video site VEVO “is worth a fortune” and adds that “you’ll see music companies incubate new services.” He notes that “a lot of our business now is related to TV” through shows such as The X Factor and America’s Got Talent. In addition to … Read More »
That’s the most interesting part of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s announcement today about its video plans for the movie starring Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane. Yes, it’s noteworthy that people who buy a Blu-ray disc will also be able to access digital streams of Moneyball from the industry’s new UltraViolet initiative. Sony’s a vocal supporter of that, and already offers the same online streaming deal for people who buy Blu-ray discs of Smurfs and Friends With Benefits. But Sony’s stood alone so far in selling digital downloads of movies before they hit the stores. Digital sales of Moneyball begin on December 22 while the discs come out on January 10 (DVDs will go for suggested retail price of $30.99 and Blu-ray for $35.99). That’s a longer window than Sony gave to its first two films that provided early digital downloads: Bad Teacher was sold online about two weeks ahead of discs in October. The second film, 30 Minutes Or Less, had a similar window in November. The studio liked the results. Sony says total digital revenues were 24% higher than comparable films released the same day as discs — and it saw no signs of cannibalization from VOD.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has re-teamed Bad Teacher writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg with director Jake Kasdan for a new untitled comedy. The logline: After a Supercuts manager advises his best friend to break off his engagement, he unexpectedly falls in love with the jilted fiancee, testing both his new romance and his friendship. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky will produce with Mosaic, which produced Bad Teacher. So far, they haven’t made progress on mounting a sequel to Bad Teacher, a film that cost around $20 million and grossed around $215 million worldwide. The writers also worked for Sony Pictures on Ghostbusters III. While there has been no shortage of rumors that actors are being cast and that production will begin on the third installment as soon as spring, I’m told that the studio isn’t going to make it without Bill Murray. And as recently as last month, he had not read the script, or if he did, he has not reached out to get the dealmaking started. Without him, I don’t think the film has a ghost of a chance.
Movie moguls usually have to grit their teeth during the media company quarterly earnings season as they begrudgingly acknowledge the bombs they had to write off. But the 3Q reports that will begin to come out in two weeks could be different, RBC Capital Markets analyst David Bank says this morning. Only one film from the quarter — DreamWorks’ Cowboys & Aliens – “looks likely to be a write-down.” And the outlook for 4Q is encouraging due to “the strong existing slate, combined with the likelihood of surprise ‘tentpoles’ and … relatively easy comps” vs 4Q 2010. He’s particularly impressed by the soaring returns from overseas, where the number of movie theaters is growing. He notes that this year major films are generating more than 1.65 as much from international box offices as they do from domestic, up from 1.45 last year. Bank says that Hollywood is zeroing in on the right investment formula: Spend big on “culturally neutral action/adventure movies” that play well abroad — and slash budgets for comedies that often don’t travel well. Read More »
FX has closed a deal for the commercial TV premiere rights to Bad Teacher, the Sony comedy starring Cameron Diaz that bowed to $31 million during the weekend and finished second overall at the domestic box office behind Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2. The deal adds to a growing list of top features due for broadcast on the network, including Green Lantern, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Hangover Part II, Super 8, X-Men: First Class, Thor, Just Go With It, The Green Hornet, Tron: Legacy and Kung Fu Panda 2.