NBC Picks Up 'About a Boy' Adaptation, J.J. Abrams Drama, and Four Other New Series


Hot on the heels of Fox's comedy and drama pick-ups, NBC has announced that it has given the green light to four comedies and two dramas for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.

On the comedy side, the Peacock network will welcome a TV adaptation of Hugh Grant's 2002 film About a Boy, along with sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes. NBC has also ordered a J.J. Abrams drama about an unlikely relationship between a young girl and an ex-con, along with a political thriller starring Gillian Anderson.

Check out full descriptions of NBC's new series below:

An unlikely relationship develops between a gifted young girl with a gift and a man named Tate, who has been sprung from prison and tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Genre: Drama
Executive Producers: Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk (Fringe)
Cast: Jake McLaughlin (Savages), Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Johnny Sequoyah

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.
Genre: Drama
Executive Producers: Rand Ravich and Far Shariat (Life)
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Stevie Lynn Jones, Max Martini (Revenge), Halston Sage (How to Rock)

Untitled Michael J. Fox Project
Inspired by the former Family Ties actor's life, Fox stars as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career and challenges — including Parkinson's disease — as he goes back to work as a news anchor.
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Katie Finneran (Wonderfalls), Wendell Pierce (Treme), Ana Nogueira, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore

Sean Saves the World
Centers on Sean, 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.
Genre: Comedy
Executive Producers: Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted), Todd Milliner (Hot in Cleveland)
Cast: Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!), Echo Kellum (Ben & Kate), Linda Lavin, Lindsay Sloane, Samantha Isler

Family Guide
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.
Genre: Comedy
Executive Producers: DJ Nash (Bent), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Jim Garavente (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium)
Cast: Parker Posey (Louie), J.K. Simmons (The Closer), Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley

About a Boy
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).
Genre: Comedy
Executive Producer: Jason Katims (Parenthood)
Cast: David Walton (Bent), Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham (1600 Penn), Anjelah N. Johnson, Al Madrigal (The Daily Show)

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