Chicago comics’ ‘Teachers’ series gets TV Land sneak peek tonight
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America is about to get its first extended look at the cable version of “Teachers,” the web series from a Chicago improv team that is being revamped for TV Land.
The pilot episode will air tonight at roughly 10:15 p.m. Chicago time on TV Land, after the channel’s simulcast of the live MTV Video Music Awards. That’s more than four months before “Teachers” makes its formal debut in January.
— Teachers (@TeachersSeries) August 30, 2015
The six stars of “Teachers” come from the Katydids, a six-member troupe that got its start at Chicago’s iO Theatre. They made 24 two-minute web episodes of “Teachers,” focusing on the professional and personal foibles of a grade school’s staff, that ended up a calling card for the TV sitcom version.
“With the Web, we didn’t have much backstory or arc,” group member Katy Culloton told the Sun-Times in April. “The show gives us a chance to focus on what it really means to be a teacher in your 20s.”
Alison Brie of “Community” and “Mad Men” fame is one of the series’ executive producers, and the show runners come from the same job at “Key & Peele”: Jay Martel and former Chicago improviser Ian Roberts.