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TEACH
By Michael Hager

GENRE: Comedy
LOGLINE:

Two teachers grapple with difficult parents, manipulative bosses, and their absurd colleagues, all the while maintaining a semblance of a romantic relationship -- as well as their distance -- in the time of COVID (and beyond).

SYNOPSIS:

"Teach"

As a former teacher of 20+ years, and whose wife is one still, the teacher "lifestyle" is something I am super familiar with. This show is a comedy farce, but, alas, it is not too far from the truth.

OVERVIEW/MAIN CHARACTERS: MELISSA COLEMAN (early 30s), is a well-meaning, highly motivated & stressed out teacher who, at this point in the Pandemic, is just keeping a slight grasp on her sanity. Her fellow teachers are often a disaster, her kids are riding the wave of kooky adults, and her bosses haven't a clue. She's trying to hold the whole project together with Elmer's glue - that kind we all ate in school - and some grit. Wine helps too.

Joining Melissa in the pursuit of sanity is her on-again, sometime-ago boyfriend. Math teacher, JEFF SCHNEIDER (mid-30s) is great at teaching spreadsheets, but the problem with Jeff is in tallying emotions. Feelings aren't calculated. So, when his students sob to him about their problems, Jeff offers a blank look instead of a hanky. The counselor gapes at him, aghast. But Jeff often trips accidentally into helping kids with reverse psychology.

CHARACTERS: When she's not trying to kindle some sort of love life, Melissa must deal with:

· Her fellow teachers: LOIS (40s, passive-aggressive), WILLIAM (40s, older weirdo, often shares TMI) & HASSAN (20s, hipster doofus, the guy who models his life after Kramer from Seinfeld).

· Her mother SALLY (60s, hippy, now a nudist? WTF??) she's living her best life, humiliating her daughter.

· Her fickle, demanding, strange bosses, Dr. MIKE JOHNSON who's so frightened of saying the wrong thing that he doesn't say much of anything, and NORMA VALENZUELA who says everything that comes to mind.

· Her understandably anxious and at times hysterical parents.

PILOT: MARCH during the 2020 Pandemic and teachers like Melissa and staff are stuck at home. “We’re all in this together!” everyone on the Zoom call sings. They are all together and are going to get through this with flying colors. Stoic Jeff (who dated Melissa) is now teaching elementary aged kids part time. APRIL: toilet paper seems to be something we need, Sally, who’s wrestled a lady for some can “score” teepee for Melissa. Jeff is still an unemotional brick wall. JUNE and things aren’t funny anymore! Sally suggests the heat of summer may kill the virus. Melissa scoffs. School ends, what’s next? AUGUST hits hot as Melissa swims in her apartment’s swimming pool. How’s Jeff? Warming little by little. Sally coughs, sneezes and guess what? She tests positive for COVID. Melissa takes her feverish Mom to the hospital. Jeff becomes emotional at seeing Sally suffer in the hospital; his exterior finally cracked. Melissa and he are finally couple.

Nearly every moment of interaction in the pilot will be virtual.

During the you-know-what time, teachers, students, and everyone else and their mother must do Zoom meetings. It's a fact of life. It's just safe to say Melissa has fallen out of love with her Zoom app. And maybe apps in general.

THE SHOW: What happens when things go back to normal, you ask? Melissa will still have to interact with her colleagues face to face. They'll have meetings in person, not on Zoom. Life might change, yet their weirdness never will. Her frustration with them won't either. Her relationship with Jeff will be on-again, off-again, and will leave viewers guessing. Can a teaching couple survive? We'll have to see.

The focus of "Teach" won't be on kids, unless they're older; rather it will be on the lives of the teachers. The show is not about the Coronavirus; it's about people adjusting to a new time. It's the effects of change on us humans and our society.

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