Ari Graynor Is TV's Bad Teacher, David Alan Grier Is Her Principal

Bad Teacher is being adapted for TV, which means more of that replacement casting fun we can have whenever a project skips up or down between the big screen and small.

In this case, it’s out with Cameron Diaz and in with Ari Graynor, out with John Michael Higgins and in with David Alan Grier.

Grier is the new principal, likely with an expanded role as the sitcom series spins on, and Graynor has the title role.

The show isn’t a continuation of the film but a proper do-over, apparently featuring new characters that loosely fit the patterns of the original. It’s a move from the Buffy playbook.

Deadline describe the set up:

The pilot centers on hot, confident, unapologetic former trophy wife Meredith Davis  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.

It seems pretty obvious to me that Graynor got the nod for her Diaz-ness. She’s not a Cameron clone, but there’s definitely some similarities. They both sound pretty nicotiney to me, for one thing.

And while Grier and Higgins obviously look rather different – they’re not racially the same, for one thing – they do have a similar “I like lift muzak” vibe.

The Bad Teacher pilot is being directed by Burt Wonderstone‘s Don Scardino and produced by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg who wrote the original feature.

IMG_0063

Denver Comic Con '15: Movie Cars Gone Wild

unnamed

Calling All Sixth Gun Fans! An RPG Is Headed Your Way

tumblr_nopwj3fnT41u4geubo5_540

Are You Cosplaying As A Character Kieron Gillen Has Written At Denver Comic Con? Come By...

IMG_0103

Denver Comic Con '15: Cosplay Day One Stars DinoJesus, KidRubix, Grootopia And More

IMG_0015

Once Upon A Time Withdrawal And Some News Of A New Book

JCWoM_JLau_cover_process-2

Jonathan Lau's Cover Art For John Carter: Warlord Of Mars

The Estate Of Wally Wood Challenges Marvel And Netflix Over Daredevil (UPDATE)

Prince Valiant_Process_art-4

Ron Salas' Process Art For King: Prince Valiant #2

BOD_001_COVER-D_DJURDJEVIC

Valiant Unveils New Cover Process With Book Of Death #1

IMG_0632

Denver Comic Con '15: A Tour Of Avatar's Booth During Epic Signing, Plus Exclusives