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 ...
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 ...
Anthony David Miles, Tom Shillue, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Tartaro
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; 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.
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An adaptation of...
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
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...
NBC has ordered three comedy pilots from Will Ferrell, Jason Katims and Dan Mazer, TVGuide.com has learned.
Set in 1962, Mission Control is a workplace comedy in the tone of Anchorman that examines...
Mae Whitman, Craig T. Nelson
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Parenthood. Read at your own risk (and preferably with tissues handy!)]
After a relatively calm beginning to Parenthood's fourth season, emotions kicked into high gear on...
Erika Christensen and David Denman
Julia may not have kissed her new friend Ed on last week's episode of Parenthood, but in the eyes of the show's loyal fans, what actually happened may have been worse. After learning that, despite her extra efforts, her son Victor would have to be moved back down to fourth grade, Julia tearfully embraced Ed, and not her husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger).
"Julia's relationship with Ed is confusing to her because it feels so good to have a friend who's completely open to anything and everything that she wants to say," Erika Christensen tells TVGuide.com. "I think if she's being very honest with herself — yeah, she has a little crush on him. But if Joel and Julia were not going through what they're going through right now, it would be nothing to bat an eye at."
Although it seems like things couldn't get much worse for the longtime solid couple, Julia will hit a new low...
Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria
Parenthood's Matt Lauria admits that he had a hunch early on that Mae Whitman was his (TV) soulmate.
"Mae and I both, within the first couple of episodes, thought that we had really landed on something special," Lauria tells TVGuide.com. "So we both put our whole hearts into it."
Thankfully, this was no instance of puppy love. In the final moments of last Thursday's season premiere of the heartwarming family drama, Ryan returned home from military duty and...