ABC Family Starts Production on Comedy Pilot PHYS ED
ABC Family begins production this week in Los Angeles on the multi-camera comedy series pilot "Phys Ed," starring Ryan Sypek ("Wildfire"), Kate Lang Johnson ("Persons Unknown"), Sunkrish Bala ("I Just Want My Pants Back"), Samm Levine ("Freaks and Geeks"), and Chelsea Harris ("Grey's Anatomy").
"Phys Ed" is a half-hour multi-camera comedy about a high school's star jock, Ed (Sypek), who returns to teach at his former alma mater only to find that, even though he's changed, nothing else really has. Ed's new colleagues include Janie (Johnson), a Government/Civics teacher at the school who was ignored by Ed in high school and now finds herself cautiously drawn to his affections; nerdy and needy chemistry teacher Matt (Levine), who quickly befriends Ed and provides him with the latest faculty gossip; popular English teacher Alan (Bala), who likes being the alpha male at school and feels an overpowering need to put Ed in his place, just as if they were still both in high school; and Wendy (Harris), a hot history teacher and cheerleading coach who is rumored to be having an affair with Alan.
The pilot is written and executive-produced by David H. Steinberg ("American Pie 2") and directed by Ted Wass ("Melissa & Joey"). It is produced by Prodco, Inc. Ryan Sypek is an ABC Family alum, having starred in the network's first original scripted series "Wildfire."
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