NBC Sets Premiere Dates for 'About a Boy', 'Growing Up Fisher', 'Believe,' 'Crisis' & More

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January 10th, 2014


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“About a Boy,” “Growing Up Fisher” to Premiere Feb. 25 While “Believe,” “Crisis” Fill 9-11 P.M. Sunday Timeslots; “American Dream Builders” Set to Debut March 23

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 10, 2014 — NBC has announced premiere dates for five of its upcoming midseason series — comedies “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher,” dramas “Believe” and “Crisis,” and alternative program “American Dream Builders.”

Created for television by Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”), “About a Boy” — based on the best-selling Nick Hornby novel — will premiere in its regular time period Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT leading out of “The Voice.” A few days earlier, however, the first episode of the show will preview in primetime during the Olympics on Friday, Feb. 21 (10:30 p.m.) immediately following NBC’s coverage of the Winter Games from Sochi, Russia that night.

“Growing Up Fisher,” from creator DJ Nash and starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, will premiere in its regular time period Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m. with “About a Boy” as its lead-in. “Growing Up Fisher” will also have its first episode premiere during the Olympics on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 p.m., following coverage of the Closing Ceremonies.

“Believe,” from executive producers J.J. Abrams (“Revolution”) and Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), who also directed the pilot, will have a special preview Monday, March 10 at 10 p.m. following “The Voice” and will premiere in its regular time period Sunday, March 16 at 9 p.m. “Believe” is a suspense drama that follows a unique 10-year-old girl with incredible powers who must be protected from falling into the wrong hands.

“Crisis,” starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney, will premiere Sunday, March 16 at 10 p.m. The series examines to what extremes elite and influential Washington, D.C., parents will go to when their children are put in jeopardy by a man who is out for revenge.

The Nate Berkus-hosted reality competition series “American Dream Builders” will premiere Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m. The hourlong series pits 12 of the country’s most accomplished designers and builders against each other as they tackle massive home renovation projects, featuring unique architectural styles, resulting in some jaw-dropping transformations.

  • Eric McInnis

    They’re showing previews for the comedies after the Olympics. Because that worked so well for Animal Practice, amirite?

  • DryedMangoez

    Looking forward to “About a Boy” and especially “Believe.”

    About a Boy will get a boost from The Voice of course, but I hope “Believe” can attract an audience to Sundays.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Does Believe sound a bit like Touch?

    Will Gillian Anderson still be in Hannibal?

  • I Love TV!

    Growing Up Fisher will suffer from the Jenna Elfman curse lol

  • Networkman

    If About a Boy and Growing Up Fischer does not work, it won’t be because NBC fail to give it proper exposure. They are both airing out of Olympic coverage and then they will continue to air after The Voice. If these two comedies don’t pull in mid 2’s that would be ashamed. It will be because the quality of the programs are poor. These two comedies should be strong enough that NBC can really consider cancelling all the Thursday night comedies. Hopefully these two comedies are owned by NBC.

    Anyways, I’m not really interested in the Sunday dramas. I prefer Crisis over Believe but will not watch either because ABC’s Resurrection and Revenge.

  • Cyrax86

    Finally the premiere dates! Interesting that these timeslots match with the announced ones at the upfronts last May, NBC did stick with those plans after all.

    Now we only need Crossbones, Night Shift & Undateable but I guess they will go down the same path as Save Me and become Summer filler…

  • TV Addict

    About A Boy has a couple of curses of its own. The two stars (the man and the boy) were both in 2 series each that were canceled after their first season. (Perfect Couples and Bent for the man and Sons of Tucson and 1600 Penn for the boy)
    If it wasn’t for the Voice lead in, I would say that show was DOA.

  • RJC

    That Sunday lineup looks like Flop-o-Rama 2014.

    I am looking forward to About a Boy, though, and I hope it provides the comedy success NBC so desperately needs. It’s being given every chance to succeed.

  • Nick.


    Yes Gillian Anderson will remain in Hannibal, that was in the announcement on Hannibal’s premiere date. To be honest she doesn’t appear very often so it shouldn’t be a problem, PLUS Crisis’s season is short, so she is not occupied full-time.

  • Mitchell

    @TV Addict

    Actually, David Walton has been in three: 100 Questions, Perfect Couples and Bent were all midseason sitcoms on NBC that got axed after one season.

    But hey, maybe fourth time’s the charm!

  • Samunto

    Suprised Crisis isn’t getting a post-Voice preview. Then again, it tested very high…
    Now those Tuesdays nights comedies….not sure About A Boy will do better than Go On. Let’s wait and see. Most looking forward to the Sunday night dramas.

  • Dave

    Crisis? Really? Based on the premise, it has no longetivity at all.

  • AllTheTime

    Why is NBC cutting the Olympic Closing Ceremony short again? Failing to learn from their mistakes. Growing Up Fisher is the new Marriage Ref/Animal Practice.

  • Alex

    @Eric McInnis

    the difference is though that nbc premiered animal practice after the olympics and then aired the next episode a month and a half later in septmeber. this time around though the shows will premiere just days before their time slot premieres. will this actually help the two shows succeed? i have no idea, but at least they’ll get decent exposure.

    I kind of wish nbc had premiered the dramas after the olympics instead of the comedies. the dramas will have no lead in except each other and at least the comedies will have a voice premiere.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    Dylan McDermott stars in a drama with a one word title in which wealthy DC children are in jeopardy in the fall.

    Dermot Mulroney stars in a drama with a one word title in which wealthy DC children are in jeopardy in the spring.

    A bad omen or the yin and yang of television?

  • Oliver

    David Walton was in Heist, Quarterlife, 100 Questions, Perfect Couples and Bent. Perfect Couples lasted the longest with 13 episodes.

  • Cyrax86

    @Oliver, If I recall well, Perfect Couples only aired 11 episodes on NBC and the final two were only available online.

  • Eric McInnis

    Now we only need Crossbones, Night Shift & Undateable but I guess they will go down the same path as Save Me and become Summer filler…

    Pretty much. Crossbones was starting production in October, so it would have taken a long time to get everything together. I do see it getting the “Camp” treatment though. I mean, swordfighting and swashbuckling does sound…”summer-y”.

    Undateable I see will fill in Sean’s slot after the 18 episodes; I mean, it seemed clear they were doing the SFN route and use it as a bridge and never be seen again, so look for it in late March-early April. (But Undateable doesn’t seem to last long either despite the talent on and offscreen.)

    As for Night Shift…yeah, it smelled burn-off all over it; the pilot was poorly-recieved, it didn’t have a midseason slot, and I can’t see where else they would put it, outside of MAYBE Thurs @ 9, moving Sean and Michael to Friday burn-off…either way, with the exception of possibly Crossbones, don’t expect to see any of these next year.

  • were123

    Using The Voice to launch Believe is wise, The Olympics should carry on two shows if possible, so the comedies there are a nice choice, although NBC must be hoping it won’t be a failure ala Animal Practice

  • Rebecca

    Looking forward to both About A Boy and Growing Up Fisher, no matter how they do.

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