The streamer has handed out a series order to the multicamera comedy from writers Amy Pocha and Seth Cohen and executive producer Bill Lawrence. The show is based on the former ABC comedy of the same name, which ran from 1986-91.
Like the original, the new Head of the Class is a multicamera comedy about a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge: a teacher, played by Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time), who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.
The cast also includes Jorge Diaz (East Los High), Jolie Hoang Rappaport (HBO’s Watchmen), Gavin Lewis (Little Fires Everywhere), Dior Goodjohn (The Unicorn), Brandon Severs (Diary of a Future President), Adrian Matthew Escalona and Katie Beth Hall (Syfy’s Happy!). Christa Miller (Cougar Town, Scrubs) guest-stars.
Warner Bros. Television and Lawrence’s Doozer Productions are producing the show. Head of the Class has been in the works for the better part of a year; HBO Max ordered a pilot and several additional scripts in May 2020.
Pocha and Cohen (American Vandal, Paradise PD) wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Lawrence (Scrubs, Ted Lasso) and Doozer’s Jeff Ingold. Lisa Katzer of Doozer is a co-EP. Phill Lewis directed the pilot.
Head of the Class is one of several familiar titles getting an update on HBO Max. The streaming service has also ordered new versions of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars and series spinoffs of feature films The Suicide Squad (Peacemaker) and Dune (Dune: The Sisterhood), as well as a revival of animated series Clone High that Lawrence is executive producing.