TV Land orders series from Chicago improv troupe

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TV Land is moving forward with a sitcom, “Teachers,” created by an all-female Chicago improv troupe, the Katydids.

The cable channel announced a 10-episode order for the show and another comedy, “Impastors,” on Wednesday. Both are scheduled to debut in 2015.

“’Impastor’ and ‘Teachers’ are perfect examples of the type of comedies we’re looking for as TV Land evolves its original series — innovative, unconventional and hilariously funny for an audience that enjoys smart humor with a hint of heart,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones.

“Teachers” originated as a web series about volatile educators expected to keep it together in front of their elementary school classrooms. The six women of the Katydids —  Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas — will be the show’s stars and writers. Joining them as executive producers will be “Community” actress Alison Brie, Jay Martel and former Chicago improv actor Ian Roberts. The latter two will act as showrunners, as they do for the acclaimed “Key & Peele.”

RELATED: ‘Key & Peele’s’ Ian Roberts to help run ‘Teachers’ show

The other series, “Impastor,” also will have some Chicago talent. Second City’s Mike Kosinski will play a church secretary impressed by the new town pastor (Michael Rosenbaum), who actually is a phony stealing the clergyman’s identity to escape a loan shark.

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