Comedy Central Inks SPT Deal For UK Rights To ‘Bad Teacher’

Comedy CentralComedy Central UK has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to CBS’ short-lived comedy series Bad Teacher after striking a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television, TVWise has learned.

Bad Teacher follows Meredith Davis, a confident and unapologetic divorcee who cons her way into a teaching job at a local middle school in hopes of finding her next husband among the student body’s rich single fathers, all while dispensing unconventional wisdom to her students.

The half-hour comedy series was developed for television by Hilary Winston and produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Mosaic Media Group. The cast includes Ari Graynor, Kristin Davis, Sara Gilbert, Ryan Hansen and David Alan Grier.

Bad TeacherBased on the Cameron Diaz feature film of the same name, Bad Education got a late order for the 2014-2015 broadcast season and, after failing to pull in a big audience when it launched on CBS in May 2014, was ultimately cancelled after just a handful of episodes had aired.

Comedy Central UK’s acquisition of Bad Teacher flew pretty much under the radar, with the series having launched on the Viacom owned channel this past Tuesday at 9pm. The series will continue to air in that time-slot until the series finale in June.

For its part, Bad Teacher is the latest exclusive acquisition for Comedy Central UK, who have been shopping for a new “high impact” US sitcom for the past few months. The channel previously struck deals for the exclusive UK rights to such series as Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly, The Middle and the short-lived Friends With Better Lives.