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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

Exclusive: Justified Baddie to Romance Minnie Driver on About a Boy

Will Sasso; Minnie Driver

Will Sasso is wasting no time coming back from the dead.

The actor, whose Justified alter ego met his demise on Tuesday's episode, will guest-star on NBC's About a Boy, TVGuide.com has learned.

About a Boy and more must-see new shows

An adaptation of... 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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Hugh Grant Quietly Welcomed Third Child in September

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant's family is expanding quickly!

The Love Actually star quietly welcomed his third child, a son, with ... read more

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

Elizabeth Hurley Addresses Split Rumors, "Raw and Personal" Recent Events

Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne

Is Elizabeth Hurley parting ways with her fiancé Shane Warne? Not without a fight.

The actress, 48, and her cricket player boyfriend, 44, separately addressed rumors of a split earlier this week. "Apologies to loyal followers for Twitter silence on recent events. Too raw... read more

Hugh Grant Welcomes a Baby Boy

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant has welcomed his second child with Tinglan Hong, he announced via Twitter Saturday.

"In answer to some journos. Am thrilled my daughter now has a brother. Adore them both to an uncool degree. They have a fab mum," Grant tweeted Saturday.

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Who Is Jon Stewart's Worst Guest of All Time?

Hugh Grant, Jon Stewart

It's safe to say Jon Stewart isn't a member of the Hugh Grant fan club. The Daily Show host recently told Stephen Colbert that Grant is his least favorite guest of all time. read more

The Mindy Project Delivers a Different Kind of Heroine

Mindy Kaling

A year ago, most people had no idea who Mindy Kaling was. Now, the actress' face is everywhere — magazine covers, billboards, bus stops — but most importantly, she's starring in a new sitcom The Mindy Project, which premieres Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c on Fox. And though the series airs after New Girl, don't be fooled into thinking Kaling's TV alter ego Mindy Lahiri is anything like the "adorkable" Jess (Zooey Deschanel). Mindy is no sexually innocent, manic pixie dream girl. Instead, she's a grown woman who isn't afraid to go after whatever she wants professionally, romantically or sexually. In short, she's my hero. read more

Jude Law Receives First Payout from News Corp. Phone-Hacking Scandal

Jude Law

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. paid out its first settlements Thursday to 37 of the roughly 740 victims in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. read more

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