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Just a quick scheduling update here: NBC has assigned premiere dates to four midseason series (plus one reality show) that were heretofore dateless, and SURPRISE! The network is using the upcoming Winter Olympics to try to increase their chances of survival. (How'd that work out for Go On and Animal Practice, guys?)

First up is Jason Katims' comedy About a Boy, which gets an Olympic boost on Friday, February 21, before settling into its regular Tuesday-at-9pm time slot the following week on February 25. Its fellow new comedy Growing Up Fisher will debut after the Olympics Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, February 23, before take over its regular time slot immediately after About a Boy on Tuesday nights at 9:30pm. 

On the drama side, Alfonso Cuarón's Believe will enjoy a lead-in from singers instead of skiers for its debut, following a new episode of The Voice on Monday, March 10. After that, it will air in its regular time slot of Sundays at 9pm starting March 16 (that'll give it a couple weeks' headstart before it has Games of Thrones to contend with). Also premiering on March 16 will be new thriller Crisis, which makes its debut at 10pm. 

And finally, reality series American Dream Builders starts building dreams on Sunday, March 23 at 10pm.

Here's a little refresher on the shows in case you forgot or never knew in the first place:

About a Boy 

Based on the Nick Hornby novel and the Hugh Grant movie, this comedy stars David Walton (Bent) as a free-wheelin' bachelor type who forges a friendship with his uptight neighbor's son. That uptight neighbor is played by Minnie Driver, and I don't want to spoil anything, but the two may end up having sex. I watched the pilot over the summer and didn't really care for it, but plenty of other critics liked it, so it may show promise.

Growing Up Fisher

This comedy stars J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, and it's about a boy who idolizes his blind father. No matter how many times I write up this description, I still have no real idea what to expect. 


Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity) and J.J. Abrams (everything) are producing this supernatural thriller about a girl with developing special powers who is hunted by a secret organization. To protect her, the people on her side spring an ex-con from prison to keep her safe. I watched this pilot over holiday break and it's intriguing, but the series also recently halted production after its fifth episode to reset its direction and swap out showrunners, and that's never a good sign. It does have Cuarón's trademark continuous shots, though, and those are always awesome.


Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson star in this political thriller that sees a nation scrambling when a bus full of D.C.'s elite schoolchildren is ambushed. Well okay!

American Dream Builders 

Home-improvement master Nate Berkus hosts this competition series that challenges designers to renovate homes. Hopefully with the owners' permission.

And here's how the dates look in easy-to-read list form!


10:30pm – About a Boy series premiere, following Olympics coverage


10:30pm – Growing Up Fisher series premiere, following Olympics Closing Ceremonies


9pm – About a Boy time-slot premiere

9:30pm –  Growing Up Fisher time-slot premiere


10pm –  Believe series premiere


9pm – Believe time-slot premiere

10pm – Crisis series premiere


8pm – American Dream Builders series premiere

Will you be adding any of these shows to your personal viewing lineup?

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AIRED ON 6/21/2014

Season 1 : Episode 13

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