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.



Comments (30)

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

    Comment by Dave – January 19, 2014 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Grrrr. I was so excited to see these trailers and bam I couldn’t. Why is NBC the only one that blocks us out?

      Comment by Ally Oop – January 19, 2014 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • These don’t play on my iPad either. In the good ole USA. Went online to NBC.com to watch them. Maybe try YouTube?

        Comment by Vi – January 20, 2014 06:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Eric – January 19, 2014 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m going to tune in to About A Boy and Crisis.

    Comment by Diane – January 19, 2014 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll check anything out by J.J. Abrams and Crisis looked alright.

    Comment by Damien Roberts (@dam744) – January 19, 2014 06:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this is the first time that i liked all the trailers. NBC seems to find a few good pilots lets see if they last

    Comment by david – January 19, 2014 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 19, 2014 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Unfortunately, I must root for all new nbc comedies to fail. #sixseasonsandamovie

    Comment by Et al. – January 19, 2014 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • David Walton is a show killer. Let’s hope it won’t be true this time around.

    Comment by woodyinho – January 19, 2014 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Huh. I loved him in Burlesque.

      Comment by Stormy – January 19, 2014 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by sara – January 19, 2014 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will definitely try Crisis and Believe. Probably About A Boy. No on Growing Up Fisher.

    Comment by Mare – January 19, 2014 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will likely check out all of them except for Believe. I’m especially excited for About A Boy because Katims. :)

    Comment by jimbo – January 19, 2014 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Huh, wait… So the girl is named Johnny Sequoyah??

    Comment by Dan – January 19, 2014 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Believe and Crisis

    Comment by Steve – January 19, 2014 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by prish – January 19, 2014 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kings! I thought I was the only one who forgot the show that gave us Sebastian Stan. Okay, Gossip Girl came first.

      Comment by Briana Michelle Meyer – January 19, 2014 10:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I mean remembered, not forgotten. This is what NBC does to people.

        Comment by Briana Michelle Meyer – January 19, 2014 10:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Crisis looks basically like Hostages.

    Comment by xx – January 19, 2014 11:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Ally Oop – January 20, 2014 12:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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 .

    Comment by neha – January 20, 2014 02:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Believe and Crisis

    Comment by Caitlin – January 20, 2014 05:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Tina – January 20, 2014 06:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Crisis looks really interesting, i’ll definitely check that out,
    GUF just seems awful!

    Comment by Parker – January 20, 2014 07:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jared – January 20, 2014 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Patrick Maloney – January 20, 2014 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Greg Roggeman – February 11, 2014 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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