NBC Orders Two Pilots, Including Jason Katims-Produced Comedy About a Boy

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About a Boy NBC PilotNBC has ordered two pilots, including a single-camera comedy adaptation of About a Boy produced by Parenthood and Friday Night Lights exec producer Jason Katims.

The other project, Joe, Joe and Jane, is a multi camera comedy written by Joe Port and Joe Weissman (The Office, Just Shoot Me) about an author caught in an ongoing war between two needy, flawed people — his wife and his co-author/BFF.

About a Boy, based on the book and subsequent 2002 film starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult (pictured), centers on (as you know) the relationship between a man-child and the young boy who moves in next door.

Comments (18)

  • Wasn’t Riggins and the neighbor boy Katims take on About A Boy?

    Comment by Matt – January 12, 2013 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As soon as I heard that Katims was behind this, I instantly thought (and prayed) that he may consider his friend Taylor Kitsch for the lead role. TK needs to not be a Blockbuster movie actor. He is much better suited to television.

      Comment by BL – January 12, 2013 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That lasted about 1/4 of a season – I’d love to see this work out.

      Comment by terrip – January 12, 2013 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joe, Joe and Jane sounds like that show with the two friends where one was gay and the other straight.

    Comment by Josh – January 12, 2013 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joe Joe and Jane sounds a lot like Partners…not sure how I feel about that since I liked Partners…will have to wait and see who they cast

    Comment by Billy – January 12, 2013 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will and Marcus did not live next door to each other in either the book or the movie About A Boy.

    Comment by JC – January 12, 2013 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^THIS! Wanted to say the same :D

      Comment by Anna – January 13, 2013 02:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just because it’s inspired by the book doesn’t mean it has to be a faithful adaptation. It’s called creative license.

      Comment by popculturewithkyle – January 13, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Neither one sounds very promising. It’s been too long since About a Boy came out to give the series any positive momentum. Besides it wasn’t a very good movie.
    Joe, Joe and Jane does sound too much like Partners to be any good. Might work better as a drama than a comedy.

    Comment by Jon – January 12, 2013 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think it would work. Isn’t is kind of similar to Two and a Half Men without Alan?

      Comment by Margie – January 13, 2013 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please NBC please keep Guys With Kids!

    Comment by Ram510 – January 12, 2013 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So between “About a Boy,” FNL, and “Parenthood,” does Katims only make TV shows based on movies?

    Comment by Drewer – January 12, 2013 10:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will any of these projects be filmed in Chicago?

    Comment by BTSCelebs – January 12, 2013 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved About a Boy, but I also loved the fact that he grew up in the end and learned to stop being such a man child. A TV series about a perpetual man-child with a Peter Pan complex does not sound interesting to me at all. Besides, it was already such a great movie. Let’s not ruin the memory.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – January 12, 2013 11:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, give Katims a little credit here. He seems to be an expert at taking film premises and turning them into interesting, mature storytelling that dodges cliché effectively (or employs it so well that you don’t care).

      Comment by John – January 13, 2013 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Since I really liked the book AND after that the movie (which is rare enough), I don’t really know if I want a “About a Boy” show or if I don’t. The casting would have to be PERFECT, because the Will-character could easily become cartoonish and/or really creepy otherwise…

    Comment by Anna – January 13, 2013 02:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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