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Exclusive About a Boy Video: Marcus Crashes Will and Sam's Romantic (and Pants-Less!) Morning

Benjamin Stockham, David Walton

Will (David Walton) and Sam (Adrianne Palicki) are (finally!) heating up on About a Boy, but leave it to his very friendly next-door neighbor Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) to crash... read more

About a Boy: Should Fiona and Will Ever Get Together?

Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham, David Walton

Will they or won't they? It's an age-old question that has become synonymous with equally lovable and frustrating TV duos like David and Maddie, Sam and Diane, and Ross and Rachel. Will About a Boy's Will and Fiona soon join the ranks?

"Everybody I talk to just on the street ... is like, 'When are you getting together? I'm like, 'Sorry, dude," star David Walton told reporters at a recent screening. "It... read more

Exclusive About a Boy Sneak Peek: Will's Advice for Marcus Blows Up in His Face

Benjamin Stockham as Marcus, David Walton

About a Boy's Will (David Walton) may not know much (read: anything) about parenting, but he sure knows a lot about the ladies.

So it only makes sense that on Tuesday's new episode (9/8c, NBC), Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) asks for Will's help when he wants to ... read more

Weekend Review: About a Boy, Fisher Sneak Peeks, Downton Finale

Minnie Driver, David Walton, Banjamin Stockham

This week's gold-medal question: Can NBC reverse its spotty track record when it comes to using the ratings boost of the Olympics to launch new programs? (Remember the Summer 2012 debacle when the network interrupted the flow of London's Closing Ceremony to inflict Animal Practice on an unwilling captive audience?)

The news is better this weekend, during the closing nights of the Games. The comedies getting a sneak peek are considerably more entertaining than Animal Practice — what wouldn't be? — and they won't air until after that night's Olympics packages are finished.

First up is NBC's best new comedy of the season (including the star-driven disappointments that flopped on Thursdays this fall): About a Boy, airing Saturday night at approximately 11/10c before moving to its regular time period next Tuesday at 9/8c. This charmingly offbeat ... read more

Parenthood's Jason Katims Mixes Heart and Humor for About a Boy Adaptation

Benjamin Stockham and David Walton

Jason Katims is known for making people cry. Now, he wants to make people laugh.

The executive producer behind TV cryfests Friday Night Lights and Parenthood is once again pulling from the big screen for his latest series, the half-hour comedy About a Boy, premiering Saturday after the Olympics on NBC.

Based on the 1998 Nick Hornby novel and the 2002 Hugh Grant film of the same name, About a Boy stars David Walton as Will Freeman, a ... read more

Veep's Tony Hale Joins About a Boy

Tony Hale

Veep and Arrested Development star Tony Hale will guest-star on NBC's About a Boy adaptation, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Jason Katims Talks Downsizing on About a Boy, Promises More Parenthood Crossovers

David Walton

Executive producer Jason Katims is downsizing on his new show in more ways than one.

After working on two hour-long dramas with large ensembles — Friday Night Lights boasted 10 series regulars and Parenthood currently has 15 — Katims' new show, About a Boy, is a half-hour comedy with just four stars. "I've always wanted to do a comedy. I've always wanted to do a half hour. What's exciting about the form is that you have to tell these stories in such a streamlined way and it's been really great," Katims told reporters Sunday at NBC's Television Critics Association winter previews. "This is a very small ensemble and you get to focus on telling one story. ... That's really very different from what I've been doing."

However, like FNL and Parenthood, About a Boy is an adaptation of the movie of the same name, which is in turn an adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel. In the TV version, David Walton (New Girl) steps into the Hugh Grant role as an immature 30-something hit songwriter named Will whose life is turned upside down when an... read more

NBC Picks Up About a Boy, J.J. Abrams' Believe, Sean Hayes and Parker Posey Comedies

Samantha Iler and Sean Hayes

NBC has given series orders to Jason Katims' About a Boy, J.J. Abrams' Believe, Crisis, The Family Guide, and Sean Hayes' Sean Saves the World, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

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10 Promising Pilots: New Shows from Eddie Murphy, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon and Rebel Wilson

Eddie Murphy, Rebel Wilson, Andy Samberg

Before the networks unveil their fall lineups this month, TVGuide.com's Natalie Abrams poured over nearly 100 broadcast scripts, narrowing the contenders down to the 10 most promising pilots: read more

1600 Penn Boss: We're Not Worried About Political Correctness

Josh Gad

1600 Penn is about the First Family, but it's definitely not about politics.

"It takes a little bit of time, but we do quickly [get] to a show that concentrates more on the family dynamics where the White house is just a back drop," executive producer Mike Royce told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter previews. "That's a product of how we have to launch the stories that occur, but as we go along we're able to turn things more inward which I think is a more interesting place to be."

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