With "Parenthood" creator Jason Katims at the helm of NBC's new sitcom "About a Boy " -- and both series set in the Bay Area -- it's no big surprise that characters from both worlds will collide from time to time. David Walton has already appeared on "Parenthood" as his "About a Boy" character, Will Freeman. At the TCA press tour, Katims confirmed that Dax Shepard will be returning the favor.
Will showed up on "Parenthood" in relation to a poker game, and that's the same way Crosby will make his appearance on the new sitcom. If things go well, there's no reason other characters couldn't shift back and forth from time to time. Katims told The Wrap that it's "one-and-one" for now, but, "We’ll see how that goes and then go from there."
It's taken "Parenthood" a while to become a solid performer for NBC, but now that it's there, it could be a boon to the new sitcom. NBC admitted that it's having troubles with comedy right now. Despite critical acclaim for some of them, the network doesn't have a single comedy that's a breakout hit. Tying "About a Boy" to an established drama might help it grab more viewers.
"About a Boy," starring David Walton and Minnie Driver, premieres Friday, February 21 at 10:30 p.m. EST on NBC, after the Olympics. After that, it will settle into its regular Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST timeslot on February 25.