Fresh NBC Trailers: About a Boy, Growing Up Fisher, J.J. Abrams' Believe and Crisis

As part of its Television Critics Association winter press tour presentation on Sunday, NBC released new trailers for four of its midseason debuts: Parenthood producer Jason Katims’ adaptation of About a Boy, the JK Simmons/Jenna Elfman comedy Growing Up Fisher, the Alfonso Cuaron-directed and J.J. Abrams-produced Believe and the political-themed thriller Crisis.

The first two, both comedies, will be sneak previewed during the tail end of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage, then formally premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The two dramas debut Sunday, March 16.

Here’s a little more about all four, plus their latest trailers. Check ‘em out and then tell us which you plan to give a try.

ABOUT A BOY (Sneak peek: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11/10c; premieres Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9)
Katims’ adaptation of the best-selling Nick Hornby novel stars David Walton (Bent, sigh) as a one-hit wonder musician who befriends the son (1600 Penn‘s Benjamin Stockham) of a pretty new neighbor (The Riches‘ Minnie Driver). Al Madrigal (The Daily Show) also stars, while Leslie Bibb (Popular) and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids) recur. Fun Fact: Dax Shepherd’s Crosby Braverman will pop up on About a Boy, just as Walton’s character did last Thursday on Parenthood.

GROWING UP FISHER (Sneak peek: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 pm; premieres Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30)
Based on the life of writer-producer DJ Nash (Up All Night, Bent), this follows the imminent divorce of a couple (Simmons, whose character is blind, and Elfman), as seen through the eyes of their son (narrated as an adult by Jason Bateman).

BELIEVE (Sneak peek: Monday, Mar. 10 at 10; premieres Sunday, March 16 at 9 pm)
A mysterious man (Delroy Lindo, The Chicago Code) turns to an unlikely source — a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate (Jake McLaughlin, Crash) — to protect a young girl with extraordinary gifts (Johnny Sequoyah). Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Arian Moayed and Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives) also star.

CRISIS (premieres Sunday, March 16 at 10 pm)
Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County), Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue) and James Lafferty (One Tree Hill) head up the adult cast of this thriller, in which a bus full of VIP D.C. kids (POTUS’ son and the like) are kidnapped.

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30 Comments
  1. Dave says:

    annnnnnnnd once again, Canada faces video availability discrimination. :(

  2. Eric says:

    I was moderately excited to see Believe, but that trailer didn’t hook me at all. The Growing Up Fisher trailer was only alright at best, but I’ll have to watch the show itself before I can make any definite calls. I’m really looking forward to About A Boy, I loved the movie and this show looks very similar, and I’m super interested to see where they take future plot lines. I didn’t even bother watch the trailer for Crisis, as it isn’t really my type of series.

  3. Diane says:

    I’m going to tune in to About A Boy and Crisis.

  4. I’ll check anything out by J.J. Abrams and Crisis looked alright.

  5. david says:

    this is the first time that i liked all the trailers. NBC seems to find a few good pilots lets see if they last

  6. Tran 2.0 says:

    Looking forward for two new dramas that NBC has high hopes for: Believe and Crisis. These two should definitely shake things up on a Sunday night.

  7. Et al. says:

    Unfortunately, I must root for all new nbc comedies to fail. #sixseasonsandamovie

  8. woodyinho says:

    David Walton is a show killer. Let’s hope it won’t be true this time around.

  9. sara says:

    Really glad I watched the trailers instead of just going the written desdescriptions, they all sounded horrible but the trailers have me wanting to at least give them each a shot!

  10. Mare says:

    Will definitely try Crisis and Believe. Probably About A Boy. No on Growing Up Fisher.

  11. jimbo says:

    Will likely check out all of them except for Believe. I’m especially excited for About A Boy because Katims. :)

  12. Dan says:

    Huh, wait… So the girl is named Johnny Sequoyah??

  13. Steve says:

    Believe and Crisis

  14. prish says:

    I had to check out the Believe trailer on the NBC website. It looked good. We had better watch what we can get, remembering Journeyman, Life, the Cape, Ironside, Awake, and Kings.

  15. xx says:

    Crisis looks basically like Hostages.

    • Ally Oop says:

      Yes, but it has Nathan from One Tree Hill so I’m willing to check it out. Also, there seems like more potential for further seasons with Crisis then there had been with hostages.

  16. neha says:

    I’m excited about About a Boy, but it seems like the first episode is going to be EXACTLY like the movie, right down to the dialogue, and it’s hard to compete with the original cast .

  17. Caitlin says:

    Believe and Crisis

  18. Tina says:

    Totally agree with “Bent, sigh.” Still not over the premature canceling of that show. Six episodes was just not enough. Best new sitcom that year. The supporting cast and writing were terrific.

  19. Parker says:

    Crisis looks really interesting, i’ll definitely check that out,
    GUF just seems awful!

  20. Jared says:

    I don’t usually watch shows on NBC but About a Boy looks funny. Love David Walton and happy to see him back on TV.

  21. Patrick Maloney says:

    I’ve been looking forward to Believe for a long time and Crisis looks good. If About a Boy is crossing over with Parenthood, I’ll give it a try.

  22. Is there any chance that this show will include audio description? Seems like a no-brainer but I can’t find any reference to description.

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