NBC’s lineup of new series continues to reveal itself, with a new comedy picked up by the network Monday.
Starring Glenn Howerton in the lead role, “AP Bio” follows the “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star as a philosophy scholar who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher, quickly making it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit.
“Saturday Night Live” veteran Mike O’Brien will write and executive produce, with Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer and Michael Shoemaker also serving as executive producers. Osmany Rodriguez will direct the series, which is produced by Universal Television and Broadway Video. How this may or may not affect Howerton’s involvement in the future seasons of “Always Sunny” is still unclear.
In addition to Howerton, “AP Bio” boasts an impressive cast of comedic supporting actors, including Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy and Nick Peine. “SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer, will also appear as a guest star in the series’ pilot episode.
“AP Bio” is the third in a growing list of new shows picked up for the NBC 2017-18 schedule. It comes following the recent pickups of Jason Katim’s high school drama, “Rise,” starring former “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor, and the military espionage drama “For God and Country.”
Make sure to keep checking back for more pickups and cancellations from NBC and all of the other major networks in the days to come.