CBS is well aware that it needs to find a suitable replacement for “How I Met Your Mother,” and at the same time “Two and a Half Men” is starting to run out of steam as the series enters its eleventh year. Thanks to that, they have ordered what feels almost like an unprecedented fifth comedy pilot.
As you may know already, the network has “We Are Men,” “The Millers,” and the Robin Williams-led “The Crazy Ones” all airing as a part of their fall schedule, and the James Van Der Beek series “Friends with Better Lives” is being plotted out now for mid-season. Now, we’re finding out that “Bad Teacher” will officially be joining. The network has ordered the adaptation of the 2011 Cameron Diaz movie to series on Tuesday, and the suggestion here is that it, like “Friends with Better Lives” will air early next year.
Ari Graynor (“Fringe”) stars in this version as a foul-mouthed teacher who wears revealing clothing looking to find a new husband. The premise alone feels like something that could turn into a good series, it’ll really depend on Graynor’s performance. What the show does have going for it right now is instant name recognition as the movie was a box-office hit, and though this does not guarantee success (just ask “My Big Fat Greek Life”), it does help.
As for where this series fits, especially given that “Mike & Molly” is also a mid-season entry, that remains to be seen. Our guess is that the network will try to air some of their series without repeats, and thus allow themselves to have fewer weeks of reruns than they had for much of last year. With that being said, there’s no way that “The Big Bang Theory” will ever be replaced by anything since this show is a beast.
If you want to check out the rest of the CBS fall schedule, all you have to do is visit the story over at the link here.