NBC Orders 'About a Boy' and More New Shows for 2013-2014 TV Season
NBC Orders 'About a Boy' and More New Shows for 2013-2014 TV Season
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
One day after FOX picked up nine new shows for the 2013-2014 TV season, NBC is getting into the game with a number of new programs of its own. The Peacock has comedies starring Emmy winners Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes plus a TV adaptation of the book/movie About a Boy, as well as yet another drama produced by J.J. Abrams.

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NBC had previously ordered a full 22-episode season for Michael J. Fox's new comedy, a sign that they are very interested in bringing the beloved star back to television. The new shows include one multi-camera sitcom as well as J.J. Abrams' fourth show as a producer (his name also appears on NBC's Revolution, CBS' Person of Interest and FOX's just-ordered Almost Human).

Previously, NBC has renewed five dramas: Revolution, Grimm, Parenthood, Chicago Fire and Law and Order: SVU. We're still waiting on word for the rest of its schedule, which may wait until the network's upfront presentation Monday.

Here are the new shows NBC has ordered.


The Michael J. Fox Show

Loosely based on Fox's life, this single-camera comedy stars Fox as well as Wendell Pierce (Treme, The Wire) and Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad). It has already been given a full 22-episode order.

About a Boy

Based on the Nicholas Horny book (and Hugh Grant movie), this single-camera comedy is about a man's friendship with his new neighbor, a young boy with a crazy, single mom. It stars David Walton (NBC's failure king from quarterlife, 100 Questions, Perfect Couples and Bent) and Minnie Driver.

The Family Guide

This single-camera comedy is about a man who idolizes his blind father and loves his mom's new youthfulness after their divorce brings the family closer together. It stars Parker Posey and J.K. Simmons (who clearly wasted no time moving on from the as-yet-uncancelled Family Tools on ABC).

Sean Saves the World

This multi-camera sitcom (WHY?) is about a man who has to deal with taking in his 14-year-old daughter and a mean new boss at work. It stars Will and Grace's Sean Hayes and Thomas Lennon.



Produced by J.J. Abrams, this drama follows the friendship between a young girl with special powers who is worshiped by some and a man just released from prison who is charged with protecting her from evil forces that hunt her power. It stars Kyle MacLachlan and Delroy Lindo.


D.C. power players get pulled into an international conspiracy when a school bus carrying the children of an elite private school is captured by an evil mastermind. It stars Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and James Lafferty (One Tree Hill).

On first look, I'll have to wait to see more on these shows, but none jump out at me. I'm definitely interested in Michael J. Fox's return to network comedy, but David Walton has the worst track record ever and multi-camera comedies are dead (is NBC ignoring the ratings for Whitney and Guys with Kids?). As for the dramas, they both seem too action-intensive, like NBC is trying to just recreate Revolution.

What do you think of NBC's new shows? Finds out the network's complete 2013-2014 schedule on Monday.

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