Does ‘Abbott Elementary’ have competition with this new show?

The world of school-centered sitcoms just got a little more crowded.

English Teacher is an upcoming FX series created by and starring Brian Jordan Alvarez, best known for his illustrious YouTube and TikTok comedy careers. His web series The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo is a cult classic, having blessed us with the always applicable line, “Sometimes, things that are expensive … are worse.”

Now, Alvarez is taking his talents to TV with this original series, which follows a high school teacher in Austin navigating the chaotic world of education. In addition to Alvarez, English Teacher is executive produced by Paul Simms (What We Do in the Shadows, Atlanta), Jonathan Krisel (Baskets, Portlandia), and Dave King (Parks and Recreation, The Good Place). With so many acclaimed comedy producers behind it, the show is shaping up to be a hit.

Alvarez also went viral this year for his much-memed song “Sitting,” performed by one of his signature face-filtered characters on TikTok. That extra attention may have been the boost Alvarez needed to make it to the small screen (from the even smaller screen).

Joining Alvarez in the cast are Enrico Colantoni, Sean Patton, and Stephanie Koenig, the latter of whom fans will recognize as a longtime collaborator of Alvarez’s.

“Brian is an incredibly talented writer, actor and creator who has fully delivered on his vision for English Teacher,” Nick Grad, president of FX Entertainment, said in a statement. “Together with a creative team featuring Paul Simms and Jonathan Krisel, along with this brilliant cast, they have created a hilarious, original comedy that is fresh, engaging and fun.”

English Teacher is just the latest entry in the workplace comedy subgenre, building on the success of FX’s own smash hit The Bear and the elementary school-set Abbott Elementary.

When English Teacher will make its way to our screens is anyone’s guess — but in the meantime, stream Sitting for clear skin.

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