The web series-turned-pilot hails from Community’s Alison Brie. Teachers revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online to altering grades, the teachers are changing the world one student at a time. TV Land will film Teachers as a single-camera comedy, marking its second in the works at the network behind upcoming series Jennifer Falls.
Brie is attached to executive produce, and stars Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas have all signed on to reprise their roles from the web series. The Chicago six were trained at the iO Theater in Chicago and now perform together at iO West in L.A. as The Katydids. Matt Miller and Cap Gun TV will exec produce alongside Brie, TV Land president Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox. The Katydids and Miller created the web series.
With the seventh and final season of Mad Men off to a great start, seeing how much Don, Joan, Peggy and the gang have changed over the years is more obvious than ever. One of the most dramatic transformations of all is that of Trudy Campbell, played by the talented Alison Brie, who goes from being head-over-heels in love with her husband Pete Campbell, to kicking him out of their family home in season 6. We caught up with the actress, currently starring alongside Adam Scott in a series of hilarious videos for Smirnoff, to find out what it was like developing Trudy as a character, and how she grew from year to year.
“It’s really interesting working on a TV show like this where everything that happens to the character is a constant surprise,” Brie tells InStyle.com exclusively. “I think Trudy started out seeming very superficial and driven by money and appearances. We definitely saw real growth as she struggles with trying to conceive and start a family, which makes you realize that she has more at stake in this life, and has deeper wants and needs than it appeared.”
The new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! debuts on IFC on Thursday, May 8 at 10:30 p.m. eastern on IFC. We’re the first to tell you about the lineup of guest stars that Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts have lined up, which includes Fred Armisen, Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Josh Groban, Bob Odenkirk, Nick Offerman, Patton Oswalt, Craig Robinson, Zach Galifianakis, Paul F. Tompkins, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the proverbial “many more*.” The season will consist of 20 episodes, which will run May-July, and then October-December.
Episode 5.13 – Basic Sandwich
When everyone learns about Greendale’s first dean, they embark on a mission to find his old computer lab; Subway enlists Chang to spy on the group as part of its plan to take over the school.
Lest all those utterances of “six seasons and a movie” be lost in time, like tears in Internet comment boards, some serious discussion has begun about fulfilling Community’s blood oath by whatever means necessary. Last week, Dan Harmon told HitFix he believed in the “shamanism” inherent in the throwaway joke that’s since become the show’s mantra, believing he’s now predestined, through powers beyond his control, to not only see the series through that sixth season, but also to make the movie. “If the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that’s how the movie will be made, because there has to be closure,” Harmon said, sounding, as always, both invigorated and a little insane. “The title of the book about the show is not Community, An Interesting Journey Into A Show No One Ever Watched. The title of the book is obviously going to be, Six Seasons And A Movie. So it’s already over.”
Now TV Guide says there has been some actual talk about that movie—and particularly about who might also be there, overseeing things in Harmon’s basement—reporting that there’s been some consideration about bringing in Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to helm the fated film. Lin, of course, directed several Community episodes, including the episode that actually made paintball cool again (without saying that out loud). And if he’s unavailable, the article reminds that the show also has former executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo, who recently graduated to Captain America, as well as Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasekhar. So, plenty of people with feature film experience for destiny to lay its icy hand upon.
Good news for fans of NBC’s Thursday night line-up! Stars from Community and Parks and Recreation could join forces for a new–and likely deliciously twisted–romantic comedy called Sleeping With Other People.
THR reports that Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott and Community’s Alison Brie are in negotiations to join writer-director Leslye Headland’s second feature, Sleeping With Other People. We first got word of this project in the summer of 2013, when Kirsten Dunst and Jason Sudeikis had been lined up to star.
Penned by Headland, Sleeping With Other People will focus on the friendship that blossoms between a womanizer (Sudeikis) and a serial cheater (Dunst). As you might expect, the ladykiller and the man-eater end up falling for each other, and their bad romance habits become a real obstacle.
TV Land has given a pilot order to Teachers, a comedy based on the popular web series of the same name. Community co-star Alison Brie is attached to executive produce the project, which revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online to altering a grade because the art teacher is “kind of a b****,” these teachers are certainly changing the TVLand Logo 2012 Blue (with TM)world, one student at a time.
The stars of the web series — Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas — aka The Katydids (their names are all variations of Katie) – are signed on to reprise their roles. “From the second this project came across my desk, I’ve been in love with it,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “The tone of the show is unlike anything we’ve had on TV Land. I’m really excited about the idea of building this unexplored world, where teachers are the eccentric characters you always hoped they weren’t.”
Alison Brie, who stars in NBC’s Community and recurs on Mad Men, is set to join Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard, the Etan Cohen-directed comedy. In the Gary Sanchez-produced pic for Warner Bros, Ferrell plays a wealthy investment banker wrongly convicted of a crime, who toughens up for prison under the wing of the guy who washes his car (Hart). Brie will play the fiancee of Ferrell’s character. Repped by WME, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Sloane Weber, she next will be seen on the big screen in Universal’s Search Party.
B.J. Novak, widely known for his role as Ryan Howard on The Office, recently published a short story collection called One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.
One of the short stories in the collection, “Julie and the Warlord,” is a surrealist piece about the first date between a young woman and a warlord. It’s hilariously intriguing.
The piece was read for the radio show This American Life by Novak as the narrator, Alison Brie as the young woman and TV On The Radio vocalist Tunde Adebimpe as the warlord.
Listen to the captivating audio from This American Life below. Skip ahead to 7:02 to listen to the story, or just stream the whole episode.
— Community (@nbccommunity) March 3, 2014