ABC rings school bell
Kutcher learns his Alphabet via laffer
By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER
ABC has greenlit single-camera half-hour laffer "Miss/Guided" from "The Office" scribe Caroline Williams and Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst shingle.
Project reps the first scripted pilot to come out of Katalyst, which is set up at 20th Century Fox TV. Alphabet web scored the series after a bidding war with NBC.
Casting has already begun on "Miss/Guided," which revolves around a woman who returns to her high school, where she lands a guidance counselor gig. Show will be shot in a mockumentary style, similar to "The Office."
"It's loosely based on myself, because I had a difficult time in school," Williams said. The lead character "comes back to her alma mater to prove how far she's come, but she learns from her students as much as she teaches them."
According to Williams, the protag (who's in her late 20s or early 30s) doesn't realize how out of touch she is with the high school students. She also butts heads with another faculty member while competing for the attention of a male teacher.
Pilot is expected to shoot sometime next month. Also aboard: Emmy-winning helmer Todd Holland ("Malcolm in the Middle"), who will direct, and "Scrubs" alum Gabrielle Allan, who will be showrunner.
The half-hour, which was written on spec, was the first TV script Williams ever wrote -- and it now reps her first pilot order. Scribe, who graduated from UCLA in 2004, began her career as an assistant at Red Hour, Ben Stiller's production company. She's been with "The Office" since May.
As for Allan, the writer was behind last year's CBS comedy pilot "Welcome to the Jungle Gym," which she created and exec produced for Warner Bros. TV.
Meanwhile, "Miss/Guided" reps part of a busy development slate for Katalyst, which has the alternative pilot "Parenteen" in the works at Fox, as well as a reincarnation-themed comedy at NBC that's now being reworked by "That '70s Show" scribe Mark Hudis. Katalyst is also behind the new seasons of the CW's "Beauty and the Geek" and MTV's "Punk'd."