"In Living Color" star David Alan Grier will play Principal Carl Gaines in the CBS adaptation of Cameron Diaz's "Bad Teacher," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The single-camera comedy pilot is based on the 2011 movie, which starred Diaz as a gold-digging middle school teacher who slept through classes and cursed at her students in between hunting for a wealthy fiance.
The Principal character, played by John Michael Higgins in the Columbia Pictures film, is described as "sweet and well meaning but clueless."
In other pilot news ...
Ernie Hudson in negotiations for "Reckless." If a deal is struck, Hudson would play "an experienced CIA analyst who is being put out to pasture" in the ABC political thriller from Chris Black and Martin Campbell. [Deadline]
"Reno 911!" star to join NBC's "Happiness." Thomas Lennon will play Sean Hayes' boss in the comedy pilot centered around Hayes' character as he tries to parent a teenage daughter and placate his high-maintenance employer. [TVLine]
"Save the Last Dance" star still part of "The Selection." Sean Patrick Thomas is the only original cast-member still involved in The CW's second attempt at adapting Kiera Cass' YA novel "The Selection," after the network passed on the initial version last season. Thomas retains his role of Sylvan Santos, the royal advisor to the country's next potential queen. [Deadline]
CW pilot casts "Teen Wolf" actress as lead. Gage Golightly will play one of the leads in "Company Town," centered around two 20-something former best friends who find themselves on opposing sides of a divide between the military residents of a Naval base and the civilian occupants of the area following a scandal on the base. [Deadline]