CBS has ordered a single-camera comedy based on the Cameron Diaz movie “Bad Teacher” to series for the 2013-2014 season, the network announced today. Ari Graynor (“For a Good Time, Call…,” “Whip It”), who’s really earned a bigger platform for herself after so many funny sidekick roles, will take the lead role as Meredith Davis, an unapologetic former trophy wife turned inappropriate instructor in search of a new man to support her after being left penniless by her last marriage.
“The Office” alums Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky wrote the original film and are executive producing the half-hour TV series alongside Hilary Winston (“Happy Endings”), who wrote the pilot — Don Scardino was the director.
“Bad Teacher,” which has been given a 13-episode order, co-stars Sara Gilbert (“Roseanne”), Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”), Ryan Hansen (“Party Down”) and David Alan Grier (“In Living Color”). Sony Pictures Television are co-producing the series with CBS Television Studios.