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Your Favorite Eye-Rolling Amazon Goes Full Rom Com

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | February 3, 2014 | Comments ()


I’m so very confused about my feelings surrounding About a Boy. On the one hand, I managed to get my hands on the pilot script, and … well, how do I put this delicately? Imagine someone took one of your favorite movies (or books, or both!) and squeezed out every last bit of charm and humor. Then they replaced the delightfully smarmy Hugh Grant with that guy you know from that one thing. And they condensed the entire story into 22 minutes. Then, to top it off, they put a One Direction song under the promo. That’s this.

On the other hand, the people behind this abomination remake just will not let my hopes settle to the nice low judgy place at which they like to live. First off, it’s Jason Goddamn Katims. Everything the man touches turns to TV gold. (If your version of “everything” doesn’t include the second season of Friday Night Lights and this season of Parenthood.) Plus, we’ve been told that there will be major Parenthood crossovers, and the more Crosby Braverman on my TV, the better. Plus, the hilarious Annie Mumolo and the underused and over-endowed Adrianne Palicki have signed on for arcs (along with Leslie Bibb, as seen above in that SparksNotes version of the movie). And now, most recently, Tony Hale has signed on as Minnie Driver’s ex-husband.

Tony Milford Man Hale, really? Well that’s it. My hopes, they’re high. Will I watch this show? Probably. Will I now only refer to it as About a Motherboy? Most definitely.


Via Zap2it and The Hollywood Reporter

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • LaineyBobainey

    "About a Motherboy"!

    OhMyGod, I may love you already! Shhh, don't tell Jo.

  • Kate at June


  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I didn't watch because they're making me watch an ad before I watch an ad. Go fuck yourself, NBC.

  • Wigamer

    Welcome! I already like you, because you understand the pain of this season of Parenthood. It is seriously terrible.

  • DarthCorleone

    Welcome, Vivian! Great seeing you posting here!

  • emmalita

    Welcome, and I kind of like the guy from that thing. I was probably going to give it a few episodes to see if it was watchable. I'll at least watch through Tony Hale, and will def call it About a Motherboy.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Welcome. Any writer who uses that Buster gif is a friend of mine.

  • Jiffylush

    I can't wait for that special episode when Mini Driver's character commits suicide and the kid finds her.

  • loo shag brolley

    It will air after the episode in which New Girl Guy accidentally kills Palicki's attacker and they dump his body in the river.

  • Nat

    Has anyone ever told you you have a badass bad-guy-from-an-80s-movie name? Dr. Vivian Kane, astrobiophystician, mad scientist, and leader of the Green Skulls. Welcome.

    Also, I will watch anything with Adrianne Palicki in it.

  • BlackRabbit

    No no, needs more Sciency-ness. The ATOMIC Skulls.

  • emilya

    oh jason katims, what are you doing? i really want this to work for your sake and for the sake of our relationship, but i can't help but feel like you've disappointed me... and tyra colette...and everyone i've gotten to watch your shows. i will give this a chance because you gave me 4 great seasons of fnl and even though season 2 was not great, there were still some really great moments in the season. please do not take my trust in you away from me.

  • Malin

    Welcome, Vivian. I totally agree with your misgivings about this show. I love that film, and the book. Wasn't blown away by the trailer.

  • Its too snowy here for me to have legitimate thoughts about this show, but I'm sure I'll end up watching it in some kind of sick day stupor.


  • lowercase_ryan

    I'm fully on board with anyone who inserts "goddamn" as someone's middle name. Truly.

    Welcome Ms (Mrs.? I DON'T KNOW YOU YET!!) KANE.

  • BlackRabbit


  • Welcome Vivian!

  • Wrestling Fan

    That was a good read, and I am looking forward to seeing more!

  • Repo

    They should move Joel to this show and make him funny and caring and interesting again if they want to do a crossover to help me out.

  • becks2point0

    Or they could move him there as is and have Tyra and Landry kill him.

  • vivkane

    I would watch either of these shows.

  • prince_of_montagu

    Vivian Kane is a *perfect* name for a soap opera villain and i totally mean that as a compliment.

  • vivkane


  • prince_of_montagu

    I'm imagining you typing that wearing a lovely diamond necklace, a fabulously offensive fur coat, and stilettos sharp enough to cut a bitch with while taking a break from your nefarious plans.

    You go, girl.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    See I hear the surname 'Kane' and I immediately think of VERONICA MARS.

  • Berry

    Me too! But then again I've reached the point with my Mars obsession where I hear the word haberdashery or endoscopy and immediately think of Veronica Mars, so....

  • simplysarah

    Erica Kane's evil twin sister?

  • Ernesto Bravo Jr.

    Yay! (to you writing, not about this horrific looking show)

  • Pat Sponaugle

    Welcome! First Thing!

  • I saw About a Boy in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday in a theater filled with horseflies that kept trying to bite me. On walking into the theater, the lady taking tickets was in her seventies and licked her lips suggestively after reading the ticket stub and said "I could show you a few things about being a boy."

    So you know, on the list of things I'd rather do than watch this show.

  • Brad Weaver

    Your use of Buster has won our affection... for now.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Any post that makes reference to the Landry murder plot is a friend of mine. WELCOME, VIV.

  • Welcome new friendship! The best way to make an entrance? FOSSE BUSTER.

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