NBC orders 'About a Boy,' Sean Hayes comedy, more for fall

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No monkeys this year!

After yanking shows like Deception on Thursday and the much-deserved Animal Practice earlier this season, NBC began making series orders this morning in preparation for its fall presentation to advertisers Monday.

Among the pickups: About A Boy, which is a comedy starring David Walton and Minnie Driver which centers on a bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility until he meets a geeky young boy; and Believe, a J.J. Abrams joint about an unlikely relationship develops between a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo will star. Photos of the new shows here.

NBC also gave a thumbs up to Crisis, a drama starring Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson. Here’s the logline: 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. Forced together by dire circumstances these power brokers, the FBI and a rookie secret service agent must unravel the mystery to take back control of their lives.

Sean Hayes also earned a official invite to return to NBC, where he starred in Will & Grace. NBC picked up Sean Saves the World, a comedy starring Hayes as a guy who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work.

NBC also picked up a comedy called The Family Guide. Here’s the net’s official logline on that one: It’s not every family that’s brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers aren’t exactly typical. Take Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons), for example. Whether it’s chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive or playing football with his son, he’s never let the fact that he’s blind slow him down. Then there’s Joyce Fisher (Parker Posey), possibly the only mom in Pasadena to smoke a pipe. For her, divorce is like a second coming of age, a chance to be the teen she never was. Just ask’80s-obsessed teenage daughter Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley), whose clothes Joyce is always borrowing (that is, when she’s not tagging along with Katie to the mall). At the center of all this is Henry (Eli Baker), the Fisher’s 11-year old son. Having always been his dad’s eyes, ears and wingman, Henry’s less than thrilled when Mel shows up with Elvis, a guide dog… which is also how Henry learns about the pending divorce. Awkward. While reluctant to the changes this “big ball of fur” would bring, it’s through the adult Henry’s voice-over (Jason Bateman) that we find out his parent’s split would “allow all of us to finally discover…who we needed to be.”

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