NBC Moving Forward with Five Pilots including ‘About A Boy’

NBC did a bit of cleaning house yesterday afternoon in order to make room for their new TV offerings next season.  On yesterday’s chopping block were bubble shows 1600 Penn and Guys With Kids as well as shows Whitney and Deception, we pretty much new these were done but nothing official had been announced.  NBC also made it official that the comedy Up All Night will not be returning, this isn’t too shocking considering that lead Christina Applegate left the show after her friend and showrunner Emily Spivey was let go.

In it’s announcement, NBC is moving forward with two dramas including the Dermot Mulroney lead Crisis and three comedies including Sean Save the World starring Sean Hayes.  NBC passed on a number of pilots that included The Sixth Gun from Carlton Cuse and Hatfields & McCoys.

Here is a closer look at NBC’s new additions:


Description: When Washington’s most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Stevie Lynn Jones, Halston Sage (How to Rock), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Joshua Erenberg, Max Schneider, Michael Beach, James Lafferty, Max Martini
Team: W/EP: Rand Ravich (Life); EP Far Shariat
Studio: 20th Television

Description: An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man named Tate (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Cast: Jake McLaughlin (Savages), Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code),Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Johnny Sequoyah, Arian Moayed
Team: W/EP Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Mark Friedman (The Forgotten); EP J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot


About a Boy
Description: An adaptation of Nick Hornby‘s novel and the 2002 Hugh Grant feature film, it follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child (Bent‘s David Walton) and the young boy (1600 Penn‘s Benjamin Stockham) who moves in next door with his crazy, single mother (Minnie Driver).
Cast: David Walton, Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham (2nd position to NBC’s 1600 Penn), Anjelah N. Johnson, Leslie Bibb (guest star), Al Madrigal
Team: W/EP Jason Katims (Parenthood), EP Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jane Rosenthal, Robert DeNiro; D Jon Favreau
Studio: Universal Television, True Jack Productions, Working Title Productions, Tribeca Productions
Format: Single-camera

Sean Saves the World 
Description: Centers on Sean (Hayes), a guy who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter — who just moved in — while juggling a temperamental new boss at work.
Cast: Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, Echo Kellum, Linda Lavin, Lindsay Sloane, Samantha Isler, Vik Sahay (guest)
Team: W/EP Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted); EP Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner; D Jim Burrows
Studio: Universal Television, Hazy Mills
Format: Multicamera

The Family Guide 
Description: A son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s (Parker Posey) newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce. Loosely based on Nash’s life.
Cast: Parker Posey, J.K. Simmons, Harold Perrineau, Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley, Lance Lim
Team: EP/W: DJ Nash (Up All Night); EP Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente; D David Schwimmer
Studio: Universal Television, Aggregate Films
Format: Single-camera


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