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The Olympics will be over soon (they have to end at some point, right?) which means another influx of new midseason shows is right around the corner. And NBC's new comedy About a Boy is one of them! Will it be the series that saves the ailing network? Will it be a total flop? That's what we're here to tell you this latest round of Hey, TV.com, What's This Deal With This Television Program?


About a Boy, so this show is about... a boy?

Hah! Yes. For those who haven't read Nick Hornby's 1998 novel of the same name or seen the subsequent movie starring Hugh Grant, About a Boy centers on Will, an emotionally stunted man who wrote one famous song and is now living on the revenue from it while pretending he's a functioning adult. He's your typical immature, lazy horndog who only cares about getting laid and having fun. But everything changes when a kid named Marcus and his high-strung single mother Fiona move in next door. Will eventually—albeit begrudgingly—builds a friendship with Marcus, and both characters begin to grow as a result.


Who's the boy in About a Boy?

That depends on which male character you think the show title is referring to! David Walton (the short-lived Bent; Dr. Sam on New Girl) stars as Will, the man-boy. Benjamin Stockham (1600 Penn) stars as Marcus, the literal boy. And Minnie Driver (The Riches) stars as Fiona, Marcus's mother. Al Madrigal (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) plays Will's BFF Andy, and Leslie Bibb (Burning Love) makes an appearance in the pilot as Dakota, a potential love interest for will. About a Boy was adapted for television by Jason Katims, the man behind Friday Night Lights, Parenthood.



When does About a Boy premiere?

About a Boy premieres on Saturday, February 22 at 11pm, as a "special preview" after that night's Olympics coverage. It'll move to its regular Tuesdays-at-9pm time slot on February 25, where it'll face competition from The Goldbergs on ABC, NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS, New Girl on Fox, and Supernatural on The CW. But when it debuts on Saturday, it'll be up against playing darts with drunk frats bros at the local dive bar and Googling the distance to the nearest Taco Bell.


Who might enjoy About a Boy?

The series focuses heavily on Will's immaturity and irresponsible tendencies; anyone who isn't yet tired of the ol' "grown man finally grows up after being taught an important life lesson" plot will certainly find About a Boy enjoyable. Fans of Jason Katims' past work might not recognize his handiwork at first, but About a Boy does seem to be intent on finding the right mix of humor and heart, which adds potential. 


What's to like about About a Boy?

In addition to being helmed by a strong showrunner, About a Boy has a very solid cast. If you missed David Walton on Bent or as Dr. Sam on New Girl, he's a very funny guy, and it's nice to see him in a starring role. He's able to slip into Will's douchey—but ultimately charming—shoes and sell the character's emotional immaturity, while Minnie Driver brings a confident presence to Fiona. But the real standout here is Benjamin Stockham as Marcus. Kid actors/characters can be the worst, but Stockham is actually really great. He's believable when he's laying the smackdown on Will for the latest irresponsible thing Will's done, but he's also believable as the impressionable young child who just wants to be friends with his cool neighbor.



And what maybe isn't so great about About a Boy?

The series certainly isn't breaking new ground, and I'm not just saying that because it's an adaptation of a book that's already been adapted into a movie. About a Boy's plot is 100 percent predictable. Each week, Will learns a lesson about being a functional adult after screwing something up with Marcus, and while that'll be all well and good in the first few episodes as the series tries to find its voice and grows its audience, it's a format that risks getting stale very quickly.


Gimme a final verdict: Should I watch it?

Yes. Despite being rather predictable at the outset, the show is funny and full of potential. Plus, I trust the creative team. 


Can I see a trailer anyway?

You bet!



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About a Boy premieres Saturday, February 22 at 11pm after the Olympics on NBC.


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AIRED ON 7/20/2015

Season 2 : Episode 20

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Tell me when Hugh Grant makes a cameo an I'll watch that episode
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I liked the movie but in a show like this, the chemistry between the main leads will probably be the deciding factor. I will try it out but I doubt I will stay.
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This was surprisingly good. Nothing ground-breaking obviously, but the characters are good, it was funny and it has some heart. It needs to balance the heart and humour a bit better and Driver's character is a little irritating, but I think she's supposed to be (I can tolerate it because I love Minnie Driver). I doubt this show will ever really surprise anyone, it was obvious what they were working towards throughout the episode, I just wish the didn't make it so obvious - subtlety seems to be a rare commodity these days. But despite some the expected problems I did enjoy it. I'll definitely be giving this the four episode test.
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Trailer looked lame. :(
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…It looks exactly the same as the movie, which was fantastic…2 hours put into an entire series!? I don't think so.
America has to leave european film and tv industry alone….broadchurch
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I'll give it a try because I loved the movie.
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Gonna pass on this like I seen that movie and it was really boring!
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Even though it's called "About a Boy" the show is really aimed at single women who fantasize about finding a boyfriend who will openly accept their kids from another guy.
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Whoah, that's some take on it! The movie I remember had no relationship between the mother and the man-boy or suggested any romance, but some people see a single mother and bells go off in their heads.
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Will there be any casulties among the Ducks??
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Might've sampled this but the regular time slot would give it second- or third-tier status for me. Think I'll just cut my losses now and not add another generic sitcom to the backlog. Cast seems good, though.
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Am I the only one looking forward to this? lol. Oh well, maybe I am. I liked the movie; and the premise, although cliche, is much better than most of the network sitcoms out there. And Minnie Driver is awesome, and needs to have a successful TV show. So, I'm definitely in.
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Watch Unlce (2014) if you get the chance.
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even though Benjamin Stockham annoyed the crap out of me on that Once Upon A Time episode, I do like David Walton and Minnie Driver... BUUUUT I'm going to pass. I don't see it lasting long, and if it doesn't it'd be David Walton's FOURTH failed series on NBC and he should get out of whatever soul selling contract he made with them.
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Huh. Didn't realise it but this is probably the premise that BBC3's "Uncle" was based on, too.
That has a pretty good musical twist to it, though.
Will watch this, might be ok.
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Do they put the kid in a freezer when not shooting or is it a miniseries?
Will they change the actor playing the kid every 2 seasons?
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NBC isn't aiming broad enough. There needs to be a monkey in all these new shows.
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Paaaaaaasssssssssssssssssssssssssss. Just, just why? Why? WHY. Stop it right now. NBC might as well stand for "Now Broadcasting Cancer" for all the shows it puts out there that have "obvious failure" written on them.
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Has any of the last few shows that had Walton as one of the leads lasted longer than 8 episodes? I have no problem with him, he was hilarious in that cheerleader movie he was in. But I can't recall the exact number of shows that he has been in recently that was cancelled but I think it is at least 3.
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I'll give it a few episodes, I like the cast behind it and Jon Favreau is directing the pilot.
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I like Walton so I'll be giving this a try.

Plus, I'm an irresponsible man-boy myself and could be taught a lesson or two from kids more mature than I.
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Isn't it about time there was a show about a responsible young man who meets an absolute turd of a boy and gradually regresses into a pathetic manchild?
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Sorry, that's funny and interesting, not NBC material.
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we should write this one, at least that's novative!!!
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I love the concept and David Walton is really fantastic so I think I will give this a try.
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I liked the movie, so I'll try it out.
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Ding ding! That's the sound of NBC executives when their nefarious plot works.
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I'd recommend Uncle (2014) because of the similar premise and the musical influence that's done noticeably better. Plus, the humor is just raunchier with a kid who is as interesting as the immature male adult.
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Heh, maybe I should have scrolled down like, 10 comments before I added mine up there ^
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no worries, the more people know the better
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In the book and the Hugh Grant movie, it isn't Will who wrote the song, his father wrote the Christmas song and Will has been living on the royalties.
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It seems sweet enough, but really just feels too close to Bent.
And I loved Bent.
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I don't think this show will last, but i will check it out because I like David Walton, and he belongs on some kind of show.
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This looks interesting, but it will be up against Supernatural, so I probably won't watch it live. But if it makes it's way to On Demand or Hulu, I will catch it later.
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Not my cup of tea.
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Like it is so unfair when we in UK read 'hey TV .com should I watch......' and when we click on teasers we get that darn message saying ' sorry the uploader hasn't made this video available in your country' WHAT !!!!!!!!!! Not fair peeps you make us salivate or throw up in our mouths when we read your preview then you deny us the visual aid. WHAT !! I say again.
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Now you know how it feels when we try to watch Sherlock or Downton Abbey online.
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Really liked Bent and don't feel it was given a proper chance. This sounds very similar in many ways and as it's the same guy I'll give it a chance.
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Should I watch About A Boy? Yes, I think I shall, but not the NBC television version.
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Typo at the beginning where you call both the adult and the kid "Will".
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Looking at this I wish they had kept Bent instead... It was a tad less predictable and frankly I quite liked Hugh Grant in the movie version so I'll pass for now
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I try to avoid predictable shows. Plus this seems to revel in a sexist negative male stereotype. I won't be watching at this stage.
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What an original idea ! An immature male adult beeing taught a lesson by a child ... Really tha'ts new !
I'll be sure to miss it ; I think the novelty might kill me ...
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