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About a Boy will air Tuesdays on NBC (9-9:30 p.m. ET). The series will premiere February 25 with a special preview on Friday, February 21 (10:30-11 p.m. ET), following Olympic Coverage.
Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "An Education") novel comes the series "About a Boy," a different kind of coming-of-age story produced and created for television by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood"). The pilot is based on the screenplay by Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz, with the teleplay written by Katims and directed by Jon Favreau ("Elf," "Swingers").
Will Freeman (David Walton, "Bent," "Perfect Couples") lives a charmed existence. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver, "Good Will Hunting," "Grosse Pointe Blank"), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham, "1600 Penn"), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will's not so sure about being a kid's new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible.
That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will's son and, in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will's house, play ping-pong and gorge on steaks, something his very vegan mom would never allow. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible - about himself and caring for others.
Also starring is Al Madrigal ("Gary Unmarried," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") with Leslie Bibb ("Popular," "Iron Man") and Annie Mumolo ("Bridesmaids") as recurring guest stars.
Growing Up Fisher airs Tuesdays on NBC (9:30-10 p.m. ET). The series premieres on February 25 with a special preview on Sunday, February 23 (10:30-11 p.m. ET), following Olympic Coverage of the Closing Ceremonies.
It's not every family that's brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers are anything but typical. Take Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons, "The Closer," "Law & Order"), for example. He's chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive, and playing football with his son ... except that Mel's blind. Then there's Joyce (Jenna Elfman, "Dharma & Greg," "1600 Penn"), who is your typical teenager - really into fashion, busy with school - but the problem is she's Mom. That makes it difficult for her actual teenage daughter, Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley, "Southland"), whose advice (and clothes) Joyce is always seeking.
At the center of all this is Henry (Eli Baker), the Fisher's 11-year-old son. Having always been his dad's eyes and wingman, Henry is less than thrilled when his job is outsourced to Mel's new guide dog, Elvis. While he is at first reluctant to accept the changes that Elvis brings, adult Henry realizes upon reflection (voiceover by Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development," "Identity Thief") that his parent's split finally allows the Fishers to become one happy (divorced) family.
Based on his life, DJ Nash ("Up All Night," "Bent") serves as executive producer, along with Bateman, Jim Garavente ("Identity Thief") and Tucker Cawley ("Up All Night," "Everybody Loves Raymond"). "Growing Up Fisher" is a production of Universal Television and Aggregate Films.
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