About a Boy (TV series)

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About a Boy
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Genre Sitcom
Based on About a Boy 
by Nick Hornby
Developed by Jason Katims
Starring
Theme music composer Brett Dennen
Composer(s) Jon Ehrlich & Jason Derlatka
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 33 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original channel NBC
Original release February 22, 2014 (2014-02-22) – July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20)
External links
Official website

About a Boy is an American single-camera television sitcom that aired on NBC from February 22, 2014 to February 17, 2015. The show was developed by Jason Katims and premiered as a midseason replacement following the 2014 Winter Olympics.[1][2][3] It is the second adaptation based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Nick Hornby, preceded by the 2002 theatrical film.[4][5] The series stars David Walton, Minnie Driver and Benjamin Stockham.

On May 9, 2014, NBC renewed About a Boy for a second season.[6] Season 2 premiered on October 16, 2014 and contained 20 episodes. The fourteenth episode of Season 2 aired on February 17, 2015 before the show went on hiatus to accommodate the return of The Voice [7][8]

On May 8, 2015, NBC cancelled About a Boy after two seasons.[9] On July 20, 2015, the remaining episodes were released via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.[10][11][12]

Premise[edit]

Successful songwriter and bachelor Will Freeman lives a carefree life as the "ultimate man-child". His perfect world is turned upside down when single mother Fiona and her 11-year-old son Marcus move in next door. Takes place in San Francisco, CA.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • David Walton as Will Freeman, a successful songwriter and bachelor. After he wrote a hit song he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. When Fiona and Marcus move in next door, he starts to bond with them.
  • Minnie Driver as Fiona Bowa is a vegan hippie and an overbearing mother to her only child, Marcus, whom she is raising all by herself. She was once married and then got divorced. Fiona likes to meditate, take care of flowers, and doesn't like her new neighbor, Will.
  • Benjamin Stockham as Marcus Bowa is an 11-year-old boy, who is also an only child. He is possibly too close to his mother, since she raised him all by herself since he was a kid. He is not very popular at school, so he is often teased by popular boys. When he and his mom move to a new house, he meets his new neighbor Will in which he finds himself a new best friend.
  • Al Madrigal as Andy. He is Will's best friend. He has three children and his wife is Laurie. He thinks that raising a child is the greatest honor that person can have. He is more mature than Will, since he has children that he needs to take care of. He was once a DJ.
  • Annie Mumolo as Laurie (season 2, recurring in season 1) She is Andy's wife, with whom she has three children. Laurie and Will tend to not get along even with Andy's persistence.

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 February 22, 2014 (2014-02-22) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
2 20 October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14) July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20)

Production[edit]

On January 10, 2014, NBC announced that About a Boy would premiere following the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014, at 10:30 pm EST (later revised by the network to Saturday, February 22, at 11:05 pm EST).[2] It then moved to its regular timeslot on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 9:00 pm EST following The Voice.[3]

On May 9, 2014, NBC renewed About a Boy for a second season.[6]

On May 11, 2015, NBC officially cancelled About A Boy after 2 seasons.[14]

A total of 33 episodes were produced over two seasons.

Overall ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
1
Tuesday 9:00 pm
13
February 22, 2014 (2014-02-22)
8.26[15]
May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
5.68[16] 2014 #48 8.12[17]
2
Tuesday 9:30 pm
20
October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)
5.83[18]
February 17, 2015
2.41[19] 2014–15 #117 4.63[20]

Broadcast[edit]

About a Boy airs on Global in Canada shortly after the original broadcast.[21] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series premiered on Sky1 on March 31, 2014.[22] The second season will premiere on February 22, 2015.[23] In South Africa, it airs on M-net. in Brazil, it airs on HBO Family and on Germany, Austria and Switzerland, it airs on Comedy Central Germany.[24] The second season debuted on October 16, 2014.[25] The show also currently airs everyday from Monday to Friday at 9:00 pm on Comedy Central India. It premiered in Australia on June 1, 2015 on FOX8.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBC Reveals Its 2013-14 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "About a Boy". NBCUniversal Media Village. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (January 10, 2014). "NBC Sets Premiere Dates for 'About a Boy', 'Growing Up Fisher', 'Believe', 'Crisis' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2013). "NBC New Series Pickups: Sean Hayes, DJ Nash, 'Crisis', 'About A Boy', 'Believe'". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Rose, Lacey (May 9, 2013). "NBC Series Orders: 'Crisis,' 'Believe,' 'About a Boy,' Sean Hayes, D.J. Nash Comedies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda. "'Hannibal', 'About a Boy' Renewed by NBC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/driverminnie/status/565199237646782464
  8. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/about-a-boy/community/post/is-about-a-boy-canceled-142359106184/
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 8, 2015). "‘About a Boy’ & ‘Marry Me’ Cancelled By NBC". Deadline. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011CGQP22/ref=dv_dp_ep15
  11. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/about-a-boy-season-2/id916041060
  12. ^ https://play.google.com/store/tv/show/About_A_Boy?id=C-ZCfD1N_Hk
  13. ^ Reiher, Andrea (April 8, 2014). "'About a Boy': Dax Shepard visits as 'Parenthood' character Crosby Braverman". Zap2it. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ About a Boy cancelled
  15. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 23, 2014). "NBC's 'About a Boy' Preview Draws 8.26 Million Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 14, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' & 'The Goldbergs' Adjusted Up; 'The Originals', 'Supernatural', & 'About a Boy' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ Deadline Team, The (May 23, 2014). "Full 2014-14 Series Rankings". Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  18. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 15, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Flash', 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.', 'The Voice' & 'The Mindy Project' Adjusted Up; 'About A Boy' & 'Chicago Fire' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  19. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 19, 2015). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Flash' & 'NCIS' Adjusted Up; 'Supernatural' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  20. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (May 21, 2015). "Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & ‘Empire’ Ruled". Deadline. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  21. ^ "About a Boy — Episode Guide". Global Television Network. Shaw Media. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  22. ^ Munn, Patrick (March 19, 2014). "Sky1 Acquires UK Rights To ‘Star-Crossed’ & ‘About A Boy’". TV Wise. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  23. ^ Munn, Patrick (February 11, 2015). "Sky1 Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘About A Boy Season 2". TV Wise. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  24. ^ Nowakowski, Ole (November 6, 2014). "Gute Freunde kann niemand trennen: 'About a Boy' ab dem 16. November auf Comedy Central". Viacom International Media Networks. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  25. ^ Owoko, Anyiko (October 15, 2014). "About a Boy is second time awesome". DSTV. Multichoice. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  26. ^ Knox, David (May 11, 2015). "Airdate: About a Boy". TV Tonight. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 

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