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 ...
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 ...
This week, Jimmy Fallon made his debut as host of The Tonight Show, and welcomed a host of celebrity guests — the most entertaining of which was Kristen Wiig, who did her entire interview in character as One Direction's Harry Styles. With NBC devoting its prime time programming to Olympics coverage, Parks and Recreation launched its online spin-off The Hapley Group, and Parenthood's companion web series incorporated the show's long-awaited crossover with Friday Night Lights. Also bowing this week were Marlon Wayans' new comedy channel, and Chipotle's original web series Farmed and Dangerous. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
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.
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About a Boy will host a Friday Night Lights reunion later this season!
Adrianne Palicki, who starred on FNL as Tyra Collette, will recur as a love interest for David Walton's Will on NBC's adaptation of the 2002 film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jason Katims talks downsizing About a Boy, promises more Parenthood crossovers