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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

Top Videos: Fallon's Tonight Show, Parks and Rec Webisode, Marlon Wayans' New Comedy Channel

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:

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Mega Buzz: Sexy Americans, New Grey's Drama and HIMYM's Finale

Matthew Rhys, Justin Chambers, Neil Patrick Harris

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams.

What's the state of Phillip and Elizabeth's marriage when The Americans returns? — June
Well, I may forgo watching the premiere with my parents since it features a scene that shows some pretty intense sexual wrestling between Phillip and Elizabeth. In other words, they're doing OK. "They're ready to be married," executive producer Joel Fields tells me. "What they're going to discover is having been fake-married for a long time, real marriage is not an easy thing. When you have two kids, there's family to contend with. Add to that their work is life-and-death and the future of mankind hangs in the balance, there's a little bit of pressure for them."

It's been far too long since we got Grey's Anatomy scoop! — Tai
Unfortunately, I come bearing bad news... read more

NBC Plots Parenthood-Friday Night Lights Crossover in New Webisodes

Jesse Plemons

NBC is staging a Parenthood-Friday Night Lights crossover as part of an upcoming digital series, the network announced on Monday.

As a way to keep viewers engaged while their shows are off the air for the Olympics, NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube will all stream original four-part digital series of Chicago FireParks and RecreationGrimm and Parenthood.

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Ratings: Rake Opens Soft, Vampire Diaries Up for 100th Episode

Greg Kinnear

Rake failed to hook viewers Thursday.

The Greg Kinnear drama premiered to a modest 7.1 million viewers and a 1.7 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, losing ...
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Thursday Review: Rake, a Community Farewell, Vampire Turns 100

Greg Kinnear

Fox enjoyed eight seasons of great success with House, a high-concept medical procedural about an incorrigible, deeply flawed medical genius. I'm not sure I could make it through eight episodes (I've seen two so far) of Louse — also known as Rake (Thursday, 9/8c) — which must have been pitched to Fox, via the series' Australian roots, as "House in a courtroom," a high-concept legal dramedy about an incorrigible, deeply flawed law maverick.

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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 Orders Anchorman-esque Comedy From Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

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... read more

Ratings: Big Bang Draws Biggest Audience Ever; Parks and Rec Hits Season Highs

Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki

The Big Bang Theory dominated Thursday with its biggest audience ever.

The comedy drew 20.1 million viewers and a 5.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic to post its largest viewership for a regularly scheduled episode and an 11-month high in ...
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Exclusive Parenthood Sneak Peek: Carl Has a Scary Proposal for Sarah! Will She Say Yes?

Josh Stamberg, Lauren Graham

That Carl is looking better and better every week on Parenthood.

After taking Sarah (Lauren Graham) to a fancy black tie dinner last week — where he was being honored, no less — Carl (Josh Stamberg) stops by Sarah's apartment with a very interesting proposal: a job opportunity!

Returning winter shows: Where we left off

In this exclusive sneak peek from Thursday's episode (10/9c, NBC), Carl explains that... read more

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