Lead Events Editor
NBC’s midseason lineup is a mixture of laughs and thrills. Trailers for four of the network’s new shows have been released for your viewing (and critiquing) pleasure.
Adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel, About a Boy stars David Walton as a one-hit wonder who spends his time picking up women. When he befriends the son (Benjamin Stockham) of his new neighbor (Minnie Driver), his life takes a turn for the better and funnier. Fans of Parenthood may recognize Walton from his guest appearance on the show last Thursday (About a Boy and Parenthood share producer Jason Katim). In fact, Dax Shepherd’s Crosby will pop up on the new show. About a Boy premieres Tuesday, February 25 at 9 p.m. with a sneak peek on Saturday, February 22 at 11/10c.
If you’ve flipped by NBC at all lately, you’ve probably seen the clip of JK Simmons as a blind man trying to chop down a tree. This is Growing Up Fisher, starring Simmons and Jenna Elfman as a soon-to-be divorced couple. Similar to ABC’s The Goldberg’s, the show is seen through the eyes of the couple’s young son, whose adult self (Jason Bateman) provides narration. Based on the life of writer-producer DJ Nash, Growing Up Fisher premieres Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 p.m. (sneak peek on February 23 at 10:30 p.m.).
Having two powerhouses like Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams make a TV show together sounds like a recipe for success. For your consideration is Believe, supernatural thriller about a young girl born with telekinetic powers. She’s being hunted by people who want to exploit her gifts and are willing to do anything to kidnap the girl. To protect her, a mysterious man (Delroy Lindo) asks a death row inmate (Jake McLaughlin) to guard her at all costs. Directed by Cuaron and produced by Abrams, Believe premieres Sunday, March 16 at 9 p.m.
What would you do to save your child? Crisis starts out with the kidnapping of a bus filled with high-profile teens, among them the President of the United States’ son. The kidnappers use their hostages as leverage to force their well-connected parents to kill, steal, lie and more in order to see their sons and daughters again. Gillian Anderson heads up the cast, which also stars Dermot Mulroney, Rachael Taylor and James Lafferty. Crisis premieres Sunday, March 16 at 10 p.m.