[05/09/14 - 11:56 PM] Development Update: Friday, May 9 - Odds & Ends Updates include: ABC, NBC pass on the bulk of their remaining pilots; Casey Affleck to play Meriwether Lewis for HBO; Ryan Seacrest to return as host of FOX's "American Idol."
[01/20/14 - 11:05 PM] Development Update: Monday, January 20 Updates include: "Barbarella" TV series lands at Amazon; Patrick J. Adams, Jason Isaacs board "Rosemary's Baby"; and Jake Sandvig tapped as lead in TBS's "Living the Dream."
[01/10/14 - 11:33 PM] Development Update: Friday, January 10 Updates include: NBC gives pilot orders to "A to Z," "Mason Twins"; Jessica Lucas boards FOX's "Gracepoint"; and Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo re-team for potential ABC comedy.
[12/16/13 - 11:19 PM] Development Update: Monday, December 16 Updates include: Rosie Perez cast in ABC's "An American Education"; Telma Hopkins boards FX's "Braddock & Jackson"; and Kevin Zegers joins FOX's "Gracepoint."
[11/08/13 - 11:24 PM] Development Update: Friday, November 8 Updates include: ABC pilots import of the U.K.'s "Bad Education"; Hiroyuki Sanada joins CBS's "Extant"; and trio cast in Starz's new drama "Power."
STATUS: previously in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: network passed on 5/9/14
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, March 2014) British transplant Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall) looks more like one of his motley class of high school students than their teacher. His unorthodox approach and enthusiastic style makes him a favorite of the diverse student body, but the target of the tough Vice Principal Rita Gomez (Rosie Perez). With test scores hurting at this San Diego school, they are fighting for state funds, and Gomez convinces the administration to replace music classes with a mandatory test prep class, drafting Alfie to teach it. Alfie springs into action to save the endangered music program - and his free period. Secretly, he has another agenda: to impress the beautiful and altruistic chemistry teacher, Sarah (Brittany Snow). Using begging, cajoling, and hopelessly inept flirting, Alfie gets Vice Principal Gomez to allow him to put on a talent-show-slash-fundraiser to keep music in the school. She secretly hopes his incompetence will get him fired. Alfie's group of barely talented performers will need a miracle to keep their music program - and save Alfie's job - in this fast-talking comedy based on the award-winning British hit show Bad Education.