"Teachers" -- with clockwise from bottom left, Kathryn Renee Thomas, Caitlin Barlow, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien, Cate Freedman and Katy Colloton -- premiere's on TV Land at 11 p.m. Wednesday.
By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PASADENA, Calif. — TV Land comedy “Teachers” is essentially “Women Behaving Badly” as it depicts a group of elementary school instructors with less self-regulation than their charges.
Debuting at 11 p.m. Wednesday (regular time slot: 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 20), “Teachers” stars the Chicago-based comedy troupe the Katydids, and although it’s not particularly original, it’s funny more often than expected.
The opening scene sets the tone as a snooty teacher, observing her students on the playground, yells, “Jared S., make a better choice!” Then she regales a fellow teacher in the story of her recent date with a drug dealer.
In a later scene, the snooty teacher takes exception to a student’s drawing.
“Is that supposed to be me?” the teacher asks, horrified. “Where are my cheekbones? … I’m not Miley Cyrus, I don’t have horse teeth. This is really bad. Let’s consider this a rough draft.”
“Teachers” began as a Web series of 30-second shorts before migrating to cable, and one of the cast members, Caitlin Barlow, was formerly a fourth-grade teacher.
“There’s so much untapped comedy gold in teaching,” Ms. Barlow said. “I did work with people like [one of the characters on the show], where when students are doing independent work, they’re on Tinder trolling for their next date.”
Actress Katy Colloton said “Teachers” is really all about first-job experiences.
“Those first couple of jobs in your 20s you may not be that great at,” she said. “You may have an inappropriate workplace relationship, and when it’s in front of the children it’s even funnier.”
Cyril Wecht’s LMN pilot
Thursday night at 11, cable’s LMN (Lifetime Movie Network) will air “Body Detective,” a one-hour unscripted pilot featuring former Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Cyril Wecht. The forensic pathologist shares a case he investigated: the 1997 death of Teresa Rollins, whose body was found on her West Virginia family farm.
Similar to Investigation Discovery’s “Homicide Hunter” starring Western Pennsylvania native Joe Kenda, “Body Detective” features Dr. Wecht re-telling his case along with re-enactments.
As a pilot, “Body Detective” is a test program that may or may not continue as a series.
“NCIS” star Michael Weatherly, who plays agent Tony DiNozzo, will exit the CBS drama at the end of the current 2015-16 TV season. … HBO’s “Girls,” returning for its fifth season Feb. 21, will end after its sixth season. … BET renewed “Being Mary Jane” for a fourth season. … BET is making a six-hour miniseries on the life of Nelson Mandela starring Laurence Fishburne. … Comedy Central renewed “Broad City” for seasons four and five. … “Inside Amy Schumer” returns for its fourth season in April and has been renewed for a fifth season.
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