CBS Hot for 'Bad Teacher'
Network reportedly developing new sitcom based on the Cameron Diaz flick
By Kenny Herzog Oct 8, 2012 9:08AM
TV shows spun off from movies have a long and checkered history. For every success story ("Clueless," "Parenthood," "Buffy" et al), there are countless disasters that got lost in translation (hello, "Clerks: The Animated Series"). But perhaps in an effort to bolster the edgier side of their prime-time lineup, it looks as if CBS is hoping for good things from a small-screen adaptation of "Bad Teacher."
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Vulture, The Wrap and Hollywood Reporter have all cited anonymous sources (man, these guys must each hang out at the same L.A. soirees) who claim that the Cameron Diaz-starring theatrical comedy (itself spun off from the Billy Bob Thornton-led "Bad Santa") is being retooled for weekly episodic treatment. In other words, you'll see it on your boob tube with a presumably different cast at a designated day and time on CBS somewhere in the near future.
"Community"/"Happy Endings"/"My Name is Earl" producer/writer Hilary Winston will reportedly pen the adaptation, which is said to be executive produced by the original film's scribes, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Although no one has commented as of yet on how a critically lamented R-rated picture that coasted on foul language and star appeal will succeed in a 22-minute, PG-format. As always, stay tuned.