Tony Danza may teach 10th grade in Philadelphia for A&E’s Teach

The mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, has asked the school commission to allow A&E to film Tony Danza teaching 10th grade at a high school for a new reality show. And since this is apparently not a colossal joke, I think it should run with the irony and be called Who’s the Teach?

The show is actually titled Teach, and “would bring the actor Tony Danza to Philadelphia as a 10th-grade English teacher,” and “Danza proposes to co-teach the class with a certified teacher and work on extracurricular activities such as the prom and the school play,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, noting that Danza “is already participating in the district’s new-teacher induction program.” He’d teach at Philly’s Northeast High School.

The show is being produced by Donny Jackson, who told the newspaper, “Long before his fame as an actor, he aspired to be a teacher.” The mayor’s letter said, “As a product of urban public schools, Mr. Danza is dedicated to enriching the lives of the young people who will enter his classroom.”

Danza recently hosted the fourth season of The Contender.

Nutter letter to SRC backs Danza show [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.