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.

  • Rebecca

    Also, both of those actors dated Julia Roberts at some point. (I know, it has nothing to do with the success of their shows – it’s just a random thing I know.)

  • charlie

    I love how you guys think!

    once starred in a show that only lasts between 1-2 season’s,and stars in another of course that show will be canceled…. ‘cursed’ or not

    Thomas Decker Britt Robertson Joania Garcia

    some of those ‘cursed celebrities’

  • DenverDean

    I have to mute NBC every time I see that Believe promo. If I hear that “girl” scream one more time…. Would’ve check out, but no way now.

  • PRW

    So nothing on Crossbones? Probably waiting until TCA session next week to announce that.

  • Chris J

    @Eric McInnis

    I see About A Boy surviving to next year. It almost has no choice but to do well with the cushy promotion NBC is giving the show. Post-Olympic preview, plus a season long post-Voice slot? It’ll easily be the top rated sitcom on the network.

  • GregP

    I’m excited for About a Boy as a fan of Jason Katims’ shows (Parenthood and Friday Night Lights). NBC is giving it a good shot here with the Olympics and the post Voice slot.

    Also looking forward to Dream Builders which sounds like HGTV Design Star.

  • Kissan

    About A Boy is being given every chance to succeed. Its getting a special preview after The Olympics and then it’s gonna have The Voice lead in so it should have no problem pulling mid and high 2’s against NCIS:LA, SPN, New Girl and The Goldbergs. I don’t know if I’m gonna watch Growing Up Fisher or not. NBC is being smart putting a special preview behind The Voice the week before it actually premieres, cause they know it can’t go up against The Good Wife, FOX comedies, Resurrection, Game Of Thrones and the last three episodes of Walking Dead without getting some sampling. Crisis sounds like CBS’s Hostages, a fail. It looks like Undatable, Night Shift and Crossbones are either gonna be summer burn offs or premiering in the fall.

  • Hardline_Pro

    Crisis looks good but since it is on NBC it will probably be canceled. Should I even bother?

  • saw

    Alfonso Cuarón on network tv is this a joke? He is best director after spielberg in hollywood right now and will take oscar for best movie and best director and if he will create&direct for tv need to be for hbo, showtime or other cable channel with freedom and quality which he want not for broadcast tv in usa. And his genre is the same as GoT and TWD and abc zombie show what is the point? Move his show on cable now. NBC will make it 20 episodes mess as all other broadcst tv shows. Example LOST on abc. Great idea, great creators but abc kill it.

  • tvwatcher

    With Crossbones not yet ready, I wonder if NBC will decide to air it after Grimm on Fridays in the Fall (and cancel Dracula).

  • Alice

    How exciting for the bear to get a sneak peek at all of his future dinners!

  • Dan S

    Somewhat disappointed in the scheduling not the shows themselves. Pitting 2 new shows on Sundays is a bit risky with no established lead in. Also scheduling 1 hr of comedy on Tues at 9 is competing with comedies on Fox & ABC. That’s not good counter programming could’ve put AAB & GUF on earlier at 8p then The Voice at 9pm.

  • Kitsune

    Eh, good enough. Was hoping The Blacklist would move to 10pm.

    About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher literally have the smallest hurdle to climb ever to eke out a renewal.

  • Kitsune

    Sorry, Thursday to 9 PM***


    About A Boy & Growing Up Fisher surely can do no worse than the ABC & FOX sitcoms 9:00 plus hammocked in between The Voice & CF would certainly help

    Sun 9:00 is definitely gullible enough for NBC to claim it (network wise)

    @ Sara

    I thought of the same exact thing myself; is that good or bad?

  • Networkman

    @Dan S , I agree with you about NBC’s Tuesday comedies. I think NBC probably just wants bragging rights that their two new comedies can beat both ABC’s and FOX’s comedies in the hour. It is not great counterprogramming and I will continue to watch The Goldbergs and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I just think NBC wants to hurt the other comedies.

  • Ultima

    Why is NBC cutting the Olympic Closing Ceremony short again?

    They aren’t necessarily cutting it short. Remember, it will be over long before their coverage starts and the winter ceremonies are typically shorter than the summer ones. There’s no reason they can’t fit it into a 2.5 hour long broadcast (assuming they run ‘Sochi Gold’ at 7pm).

  • Ultima

    @Dan S
    with no established lead in

    Why do so many people think this is such a big deal?

    There have been many, many hit shows that didn’t start out behind another, established hit.

    Also, it’s not like NBC has a lot of good lead-ins to begin with… basically just Monday 10pm and Tuesady 9pm.

  • Kissan

    NBC could’ve just burned off MJF and SSTW on Thursdays and Fridays this month and put Believe on Thursdays while putting Biggest Loser on Sundays with Crisis. NBC should’ve put About A Boy and Growing Up Fisher at 8:00 instead of going up against ABC comedies and superbowl inflated New Girl and B99.

  • Ultima

    superbowl inflated New Girl and B99

    The Super Bowl inflated New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine air on Sunday, 2 February at 10:30p. Maybe they get a slight boost two nights later (but typically that’s not the case).

    NBC’s new lineup won’t premiere for an additional three weeks…

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