NBC has handed pilot orders to About A Boy, a single-camera comedy from Friday Night Lights and Parenthood developer/executive producer Jason Katims, Joe, Joe & Jane, a multi-camera comedy from writers-executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman.
Based on the Nick Hornby book and the 2002 movie, About A Boy hails from Katims’ True Jack Prods; Universal TV; and Working Title and Tribeca Prods, the companies that produced the Hugh Grant-starring feature. Written and executive produced by Emmy-winner Katims, About A Boy follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother. Katims’ head of development, Michelle Lee, serves as producer.
This is the second stab at developing About A Boy as a comedy series. In 2003, Fox ordered a presentation written by Matthew Carlson, directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Patrick Dempsey. It also marks Katins second consecutuve pilot at NBC, following last season’s medical drama County. About A Boy is one of several projects Uni TV-based True Jack Prods has in contention this season, along with a Katims-penned spy dramedy and an edgy, legal romantic comedy penned by Sarah Watson at Fox.