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.
Based on the Nick Hornsby novel and Hugh Grant film, About a Boy is about a loutish bachelor (David Walton) who finds his priorities in life shifting after he befriends an awkward young neighbor (Benjamin Stockham). Parenthood's Katims will write and executive-produce with original Boy producers Robert DeNiro, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jane Rosenthal. Jon Favreau will helm the pilot, which landed on TVGuide.com's 10 Promising Pilots list. Minnie Driver, Leslie Bibb, Al Madrigal and Anjelah N. Johnson will also star.
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Believe, which was also on TVGuide.com's list of promising pilots, tells the story of an unlikely relationship that develops between a young girl (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evildoers who covet her power. Harry Potter's Alfonso Cuaron and The Forgotten's Mark Friedman will write and executive-produce with Lost's Abrams and Bryan Burk. Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo, Sienna Guillory, Arian Moayed and Jamie Chung will also star.
In Crisis, Washington's most powerful players, including the president, find themselves blackmailed into an international conspiracy by an unlikely puppeteer. The FBI and a rookie Secret Service agent (Lance Gross) must unravel the mystery. Life's Rand Ravich will write and executive-produce with Far Shariat. Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Michael Beach, James Lafferty, Halston Sage, Max Schneider, Joshua Erenberg and Stevie Lynn Jones will star.
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Will & Grace alum Hayes stars in Sean Saves the World as a father who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter while dealing with a temperamental new boss. Better Off Ted's Victor Fresco will write and executive-produce with Hayes and Hot in Cleveland's Todd Milliner. Thomas Lennon, Echo Kellum, Samantha Isler and Linda Lavin will also star. Vik Sahay will guest-star.
The Family Guide is about a son (Eli Baker) who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) and is bemused by his precocious mother as he watches his family become closer post-divorce. 'Til Death's D.J. Nash will write and executive-produce with Arrested Development's Jason Bateman. Harold Perrineau, Lance Lim and Ava Deluca-Verley will also star.