I wouldn't exactly name Strangers with Candy, the 1999 Comedy Central series, as an example of child-friendly fare.
I wouldn't exactly name Strangers with Candy, the 1999 Comedy Central series, as an example of child-friendly fare. And if I were looking to make an actual after-school special — not a Strangers-style spoof — I don't think creator Paul Dinello and star Amy Sedaris would be the first people I'd call.
But Nickelodeon is apparently way, way cooler than I am: The network has hired Dinello to direct Gym Teacher: The Movie, which will air on Nick in September. The movie stars Christopher Meloni as an ex-gymnast who's up for a PE Teacher of the Year award. According to Entertainment Weekly, Dinello personally ordered Sedaris to "pack up her wig" and join him on set; she'll play the principal.
And this won't be the only time they collaborate with the kids' network: EW reports that Nickelodeon also has its eye on Tanner Hall, the Dinello-written, Sedaris-starring movie that got its start as a failed UPN pilot back in the day and features Sedaris and Chris Kattan as dysfunctional parents. Hmm . . . could the awesome Nickelodeon of my childhood be making a comeback?