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‘Bad Teacher’s’ Ari Graynor: Show Will Appeal to Both Parents and Kids


Star Ari Graynor likens CBS’ new half-hour laffer “Bad Teacher” to a 1980’s throwback comedy that both adults and children can watch together.

“There’s nothing dirty in it which is so rare these days,” she said at Thursday’s launch party at Pink Taco. “It’s got a very special, wide range of humor that will appeal to both parents and kids.”


Based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz-Justin Timberlake starrer, “Teacher,” created by Hilary Winston, revolves around Meredith Davis (Graynor), a discarded trophy wife who finagles her way into the middle school teaching profession after her wealthy husband abandons her penniless.

“I steal someone else’s professional identify and use my substantial charms to convince the principal of the school to hire me,” Graynor explained. “I appeal to his sensitivities about how hard it is to be divorced. She definitely uses her situation to her advantage but she really is heartbroken. That’s one thing that is so great about this show. Just when you think the characters are archetypal they become very surprising in their depth and sensitivity.”


For Sara Gilbert, who plays Meredith’s “nerdy” BFF, one of the “trippiest” things about shooting the 13-episode skein was the fact that she had the same exact dressing room as the one she had during her nine seasons on “Roseanne.”


“It really brought me back,” revealed the thesp-cum-host of “The Talk,” who credits “Teacher” co-star David Alan Grier with helping her to “get through the night” while juggling family life with the demanding schedule of two full-time jobs.


“He just never stops making jokes,” she said of the comedian.


Grier called landing his role in the new series, which also stars Kristin Davis, Ryan Hansen and Caitlin Kimball, “the smoothest, most organic casting process that I’d ever been involved with.”


“The show has such a great vibe,” he said. “And you watch it to enjoy the interplay of all its characters, hopefully fall in love with it and want to see more.”

The show bows on the Eye April 24 following “Two and a Half Men.”


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