Nickelodeon Preparing to Shoot SCHOOL OF ROCK TV Show; Will Air in Spring 2015

     August 4, 2014


Looks like we’ll be pledging our allegiance to the band of Mr. Schneebly again in 2015 because Nickelodeon is bringing back School of Rock – as a TV show.  The network just put in a straight-to-series order for a live-action show that’s based on the 2003 Richard Linklater comedy starring Jack Black.

The odds of Black joining the cast are slim to none, but the show is bringing back Dewey Finn, a guy who’s having a tough time making it as a rock star so poses as a substitute teacher at a ritzy prep school and turns his students into his very own rock band.  Hit the jump for more on what Nickelodeon’s got planned.

school-of-rock-imageThe network placed an order for 13 episodes of the show and aims to start shooting them in the fall so that they’re ready for a spring 2015 debut.  The press release didn’t come with any casting details, but it did note that we’ll get them soon.  For now, it’s just this brief synopsis:

School of Rock will follow the adventures and misadventures of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school as he teaches his eccentric, unconventional and overachieving students to play and love rock ‘n’ roll.”

Crash & Bernstein scribes Jim and Steve Armogida are penning the scripts and will also serve as showrunners and executive producers, and Linklater and his School of Rock producer, Scott Rudin, are set to executive produce as well.

Russell Hicks, the President of Content and Development at Nickelodeon stated:

School of Rock is one of those great movies that always felt quintessentially Nickelodeon in its tone and humor, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Paramount Television and bring it to life as a TV series. Once again, kids will be able to laugh and rock!”

But now my question is, what about adults?  School of Rock the movie was rated PG-13 and included some very adult behavior and humor.  Does that mean no more hangovers for Dewey and “ASSignments” for the class?  And how about references to AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and more?  Will all of that just go over the Nickelodeon viewership’s heads?

Do we need a School of Rock TV show?  Probably not, but as a fan of the film the idea did have appeal.  However, knowing it’s a TV show geared towards making kids “laugh and rock” definitely takes away from that.