Comedy Central UK has secured the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to TV Land’s single-camera comedy series Teachers, TVWise has learned. The show’s ten episode first season is set to premiere on the channel on Monday November 7th at 11pm with a double-bill.
Teachers revolves around six Elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, even though they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From refusing to read fairytales because “sometimes Prince Charming wants to date other people” to hitting on the resident “hot dad,” these teachers are certainly changing the world, one student at a time.
The half-hour comedy series, which is based on the web series of the same name, stars improv group The Katydids – Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas – who also wrote and starred in the web series. They also serve as executive producers alongside showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel. The show premiered on the Viacom owned TV Land earlier this year and has been renewed for a 20 episode second season.
Teachers joins a healthy slate of first run imports at Comedy Central UK. The VIMN backed channel is also the exclusive UK home to such U.S. series as ABC’s The Middle, Fox’s animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers, NBC’s live comedy Undateable as well as CBS’ Mike & Molly. Comedy Central UK also holds the rights to South Park, which is produced for the U.S. Comedy Central network.
TV Land’s original series do not have a great track record of crossing the Atlantic. Only a handful have been picked up by UK broadcasters (with TLC UK taking both The Exes and Happily Divorced, while Sony Channel acquired Hot In Cleveland and Younger) to generally mixed results. That being said, the shift away from multi-camera to single-camera shows on TV Land in the US has seen a greater number of “hits” emerge, so will we be seeing more of TV Land’s originals being snapped up by UK broadcasters in the months/years ahead?