About a Boy Is "Probably" Canceled, According to Series Star Minnie Driver

You might want to get your fill of About A Boy while you still can, because it's possible that next week's episode will be the show's last. Minnie Driver, who stars as titular boy Marcus's (Benjamin Stockham) free-spirited mother Fiona on the NBC comedy, posted a few ominous (and not so ominous) tweets on Tuesday regarding the series' future, and she isn't feeling optimistic.

"Ok well it's our penultimate episode tonight," she announced, urging viewers to tune in for Tuesday's episode. After a few concerned fans responded asking if she meant the penultimate episode of the season or of the series itself, Driver responded, "probably ever, but no one has the balls to actually say 'you're cancelled' anymore—shows just don't come back."

And while responding to another worried fan, Driver seemed more than a little upset. "Once again @nbc proving Hollywood is not a meritocracy—good shows get canned," she said:

Yikes. 

Of course, for as sad as this possible ending is for the Jason Katims series, it's not exactly a shocker. The NBC comedy has been on rocky ground for a while now; it doesn't do particularly well in the ratings, and in December, NBC announced that both About A Boy and Marry Me would be going on hiatus starting in March. Then, in January, the network decided to cut About a Boy's Season 2 episode order from 22 down to 20 due to a surplus of midseason programming. 

At the recent Television Critics Association winter press tour, network chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters that the decision to scale back on About a Boy was primarily driven by the need to make room for two multi-camera comedies, the returning Undateable and the brand-new One Big Happy. He also said, "About a Boy is not over yet." And technically that's true, but Driver seems to think this is the end. 

Guys, it might be time to prepare ourselves for a world in which Katims doesn't have a single TV show on the air (his family drama Parenthood wrapped up its sixth and final season late last month).


If this is the end of the line for About A Boy, will you miss the show?


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Jun 21, 2015
Can't believe one big happy gets priority, that show is so annoying...
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Jun 09, 2015
just watched the last episode of season 2 and man if this show doesn't get picked up by another network or continue for a third they've missed out on a great opportunity and a lot of fans will be very upset with the send off for the show.
1. This show gets high appraisal from various review sites
2. Its like they have opened it up for offers to buy the show i mean why set up everything (Spoiler alert) like Marcus getting a gf, Fiona finally dating and Will still trying get over Sam if it ends like this I would be very upset
3. YOU CANT END A GREAT SHOW LIKE THIS
SAVE THE SHOW
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May 11, 2015
I don't have tv programming so I don't watch NBC but I just watched the first season on Netflix and loved it. It would be awesome if Netflix got the rights and it could continue.
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May 11, 2015
Maybe Hulu could pick up the show like they may be doing for The Mindy Project.
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Apr 21, 2015
I don't tune into this channel. They just don't offer anything. I finally found something worth watching here. Well I guess it is time to just go back to CBS. Thanks for nothing guys. You took a nice warm show off the tube.
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Apr 20, 2015
I am very upset to hear that " About a Boy" might be cancelled. I rarely watch the 3 networks ABC. NBC, and CBS most of the shows on these channels are not worth watching. "About a Boy" was one of the shows I so enjoyed and looked forward to watching on Tuesdays after the Voice. NBC listen to the people and not your pockets. If you cancel this show I hope another network would pick it up. So I hope you rethink about cancelling this show. If not goodbye NBC.
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Apr 19, 2015
Wow typical NBC I found this show on Netflix and really loved it... Hope they pick up a third season or Netflix buys the rights
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Apr 09, 2015
About a Boy is fantastic show. My husband and I love it! The writing is wonderful, the cast is great and the story line is spot on. We're hoping NBC continues to air it for many more seasons. Plus it flows straight into Chicago Fire another favorite on Tuesday night.
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Mar 25, 2015
One Big Happy SUCKS!!!!!! About A Boy was really fun to watch. Not to mention running the Voice for 2 hours witch really SUCKS . Never knowing when it will be on next. Who ever is in charge of programming needs to pull there head out, and give About A Boy a chance. Thanks' for the tease, guess I'll go back to watching The Discovery or History channel. One disgruntled fan Terry Trautloff if you want to get a hold of me my email is terrytrautloff@yahoo.com
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Mar 23, 2015
So what is so surprising about NBC cancelling decent shows. Hasn't been as funny or crazy as it's first season. The main guy, Will, comes off as a bit of a jerk, who can't figure out women, and in fact is very odd about it. They could have made him a better guy. The shows were better when they showed the kid and Will having good interactions. Leaving that behind, spelled its demise.
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Mar 21, 2015
My son and I absolutely love this show!! Please don't cancel one of the few remaining sitcoms that are good. We so enjoy the characters and it seems that as soon as we like a show, it's cancelled. So many have gone while complete disasters stay. Leave this cute show on.
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Mar 17, 2015
I loved this show and I looked forward to watching it every week. The characters had depth and I liked how the plots were interwoven. I guess you'll go back to reality shows and those with canned laughter meant for those with little intelligence
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Mar 16, 2015
Will I miss this show ? Not really. Its one of the most confusing show I have ever seen. IMDB categorizes it as a comedy but I rarely found anything funny in the 2nd season. Season 1 was okay, it was at-least bearable & few episodes were really good. On one hand Minnie plays the role of the over-caring & possessive mother & on other hand she just leaves him in the hands of Irresponsible & carefree guy who can be a really bad influence on a kid.
Her random activities with son were neither creative nor funny but downright creepy.. What happened to playing catch or going to the park with your kid ? Anything is better than reproduction of a birth scene & telling Will to cut the make belief umbilical cord.
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Mar 13, 2015
How do we make sure NBC sees these comments??? LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!! Quit canceling the good stuff!!!!!!
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Mar 12, 2015
I am so disappointed. I love this show. It's hilarious. Al Madrigal and Annie Mumolo rounded out the show. About a Godfather! Such a great episode. I watch few shows on ABC, NBC, or CBS. Now one of the few I do watch is now cancelled.
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Mar 11, 2015
I can't believe the people who make these decisions are canceling this show!
"About A Boy is one of the very few TV shows I enjoy watching each week. If they can't keep wonderful shows on like this one then I may give up on TV all together. A very large majority of what the networks show like all the imbecilic reality shows insult our intelligence and fail to entertain most of us.
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Mar 10, 2015
it was a very good show, it was the only comedy i watched
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Mar 09, 2015
I only watch About A Boy and The Blacklist--NBC's only two good shows. Perhaps if they promoted About A Boy more or tried moving it to a different time slot, ratings might improve. Unfortunately, network execs aren't that smart. TV programming has become such a joke anyway. About a Boy's replacement--UNDATEABLE--is "unwatchable." Good luck, NBC--keep sinking.
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Mar 09, 2015
Say it ain't so!Love this show.
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Mar 03, 2015
They keep on crap like the Kardashians but cancel the actual funny shows
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Mar 03, 2015
My husband and I faithfully watch this show. So they cancel About A Boy but keep on Marry Me....Say what
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Mar 03, 2015
everytime I get hooked on a show something happens to it. at least big bang theory is still on, that's another one of my favs.

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Mar 03, 2015
NO not this show. I love it so much.
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Mar 01, 2015
Idk if any of the big people who make decisions @nbc actually read this stuff, well this is actually towards a lot of broadcasting companies. STOP canceling decent shows before they actually get interesting I mean geez take of some of the horrible reality crap or stop playing D*** re-runs from the 90's I mean shit back then you lost a whole lot of money on a show before you actually decided to drop it and now you barely give them 1 season and I mean shit you don't even do much advertising on these shows before they come out anymore I mostly see subliminal crap that is either trying to sell you something or warn you about something. Whatever happened to selling yourself you want people to get into shows then get into it yourself be invested in it before you just give up on it. I've seen commercials for a show come on 6-8 months before the show even airs and then it turns out to be horrible but it seems like the shows that are interesting or could make it don't get barely any attention. I guess all I'm asking is don't give up on this show just yet I think it's hilarious and to be honest Minnie driver so makes me want to move to England and meet a British woman lol anyways that's all
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Mar 03, 2015
what can the fans do to stop this? why don't they cancel some stupid show like "mike & molly"?
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Feb 27, 2015
i love love love this show (watching it right now) and I'm sooooo sick of american tv scheduling! shows are always getting cancelled and it really really really cocks me off!!!
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Feb 26, 2015
I'm sure going to mis this fun show!
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Feb 24, 2015
I love this show and would definitely miss it if it goes away.
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Feb 16, 2015
I shall miss it. I love the show 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
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Mar 03, 2015
how can we start a fan based petition? I bought season 1 on dvd and watch it all the time. I will buy season 2 as soon as it's released.
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Feb 13, 2015
https://www.change.org/p/nbc-save-about-a-boy?recruiter=228951806&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive
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Feb 12, 2015
Please sign the viral change.org petition to end this madness and tell NBC that we value quality crafted programming. We have received 250+ signs and comments in the last day. Help us show our heartfelt thanks to Minnie, David, Benjamin and the rest of the cast, writers and crew for this magical show. http://goo.gl/N101xy #SaveAboutABoy
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Feb 11, 2015
NBC cancelling About A Boy? Just when we have a funny, wholesome and entertaining show, the network decides to pull the plug. God, I hope About A Boy doesn't meet the same fate as the 2007-2008 FX series The Riches (another greatly scripted/acted show starring Minnie Driver). That show was dropped seven episodes into the second season. Contrary to what some people believe, Minnie Driver did not abandon The Riches for other projects. FX and the studio scrubbed the show after the actors picketed and spoke out with the show's writers during the 2007-2008 Writers Strike. To date, Minnie has stressed on more than one occasion that playing Dahlia Malloy/Cherien Rich was by far her most favorite role. I'm bummed, to say the least. Now how am I supposed to see Minnie on my TV each week?
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Feb 11, 2015
Can't say I'm surprised. I feel like it's gone a big downhill, and I don't blame a lot of the audience for bailing.
The first season was sweet and laugh-out-loud funny, while the second season has been more about cringe-inducing laughs.
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Feb 11, 2015
I dont watch the show since as far as I can tell its a crap imitation of the movie.

Also I am bitter at MD for abandoning "The Riches" (causing its cancelaation) cause she wanted to do other stuff.
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Feb 11, 2015
I really love "About A Boy". I will be so mad & sad if the network cans it😡😭😥😪
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Feb 10, 2015
never watch it
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Feb 10, 2015
meritorcracy??.. good gawd actors are dumb ...in this case an intellect rivaled by garden tools.
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Feb 10, 2015
Yeah, I didn't understand that statement either. Merit? It's mostly all about profit after paying to make the show. That has traditionally meant broadcast-day ratings (not even total viewers). Now other stuff is starting to weigh in, like international licensing, syndication, 3-day delayed viewing, etc., but that still translates into money, not "merit".
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Feb 11, 2015
That's why she's saying "Hollywood is NOT a meritocracy". If you ask me Benjamin Stockham is one the best child actors of television and Daivd Walton is good in everything he does, but it doesn't matter what you can do, it matters who you know and who knows you. Nowadays, shows with good merit can find life on Netflix. Marco Polo being the exception that proves the rule.
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Feb 11, 2015
what i find incredulous is that an established actor such as minnie driver thinking showbusiness is not about the money.

every show, ..successful or not, has a shelf-life. no audience ..no business. its that simple, ..unless you think flushing network money down the toilet is a worthy past-time.

merit or taste is subjective.. she might think 'about a boy' is a great show, but thats her opinion (and paycheck).. one that i, nor the general audience at large do not share.

i have seen a handful of episodes... there is nothing to miss.
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Feb 11, 2015
Oh, that's a relief. I shall endeavor to improve my reading comprehension. :-)
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Feb 10, 2015
I'd miss it, hope it's not 'canned' :(
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Feb 10, 2015
I like this show. One of the few sitcoms I watch.
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Feb 10, 2015
I actually really liked this show. I also loved that it was set in the same universe as Parenthood, even if the connection wasn't thst big.
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Feb 10, 2015
Sad. I really liked this show. :(
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Feb 10, 2015
I do like the show. It is a real easy going show. Thoroughly enjoy it.
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Feb 10, 2015
"real easy going show" -- that's as descriptive a reason I watch as any. I feel the same way about The Mentalist. It's not as if I exactly enjoy them as I find them oddly calming.
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Feb 19, 2015
exactly. its a fine watch for half an hour. They ant all be rollerccoaster shows!
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Feb 10, 2015
F***!
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Feb 10, 2015
never watched it... but as much as I like (or, don't mind I guess) David Walton, all the shows he's been on full time have been cancelled... 100 Questions, Perfect Couples, Bent, now probably this. he needs to STAY AWAY from NBC.
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Feb 10, 2015
There are only 8 episodes left.
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Feb 10, 2015
No - Two. Time flies perhaps when watching?
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Feb 10, 2015
Sad but between FNL, Parenthood and About a Boy, this was his weakest series so not heartbreaking. Hopefully Katims can completely focus his attention on one new project and create a show as good as Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.
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Feb 10, 2015
Will I miss it? Not really, it's slightly watchable but also slightly frustrating and more than a bit nebulous in premise. The main characters are all a bit irritating to watch make choices.
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Feb 10, 2015
I guess I am the same. I kind of like it, or there is something to like about it, but it just doesn't all come together somehow. Plus you know the Driver and Walton are likely going to end up together in the end, as all Hollywood TV endings go.

The kid bugs me, or should I say I feel like reaching through the TV screen to grab his cap and smack him with it to throw it away. Also, the Halloween episode had a British guy dressed as Sherlock Holmes Driver was getting on with, but then they suddenly pair her with the teacher. I think I would have liked to see how Holmes and Driver played out.

It's not an awful show, but I won't miss it either.
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