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.