About a Boy: We Give It About Five Episodes

by Ethan Alter February 24, 2014 8:00 am
<i>About a Boy</i>: We Give It About Five Episodes

Not since CBS's Great Alex O'Loughlin Campaign of 2007-2010 has a network invested as much effort in making an actor "happen" as NBC has with David Walton. The actor's relationship with the Peacock dates back to 2006, when he had a supporting role on Heist, that creatively-named heist series that vanished after five episodes. Roles on such short-lived "Wait… that was a TV show?" series as Quarterlife (which premiered online before moving to terrestrial television), 100 Questions and Perfect Couples followed, eventually culminating in 2012's Bent, an ensemble comedy starring Walton, Amanda Peet and Jeffery Tambor that NBC felt so confident in, they burned it off over the course of three weeks in March. If nothing else, at least they're giving Walton's latest series, About a Boy -- based on the 2002 Hugh Grant movie and the 1998 Nick Hornby novel -- a prime post-Olympics berth on its way to an inevitable cancellation.

Five Questions for Admission Director Paul Weitz

by Ethan Alter March 18, 2013 6:00 am
Five Questions for <I>Admission</i> Director Paul Weitz

Tina Fey's post-30 Rock career begins in earnest with Admission, a romantic comedy set in the high-stakes world of college admissions. Don't think that qualifies as a "high-stakes" world? Then you clearly haven't had to apply to college recently. Fey plays career-minded Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan, who enjoys a meet cute with the personable principal of a progressive New England high school (Paul Rudd). Admission's director Paul Weitz, whose previous films include American Pie, About a Boy and last year's Being Flynn, spoke with us about collaborating with Fey and his own experience with higher education.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 8, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 8, 2013 2:02 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 8, 2013

Jeff and the Dean celebrate Community's (modest) ratings triumph.

Today's TWoP News: Monday, January 14, 2013

by Rachel Stein January 14, 2013 2:43 pm
Today's TWoP News: Monday, January 14, 2013

Is this the end of Klaroline?

Today's TWoP News: Friday, September 28, 2012

by Samantha Rullo September 28, 2012 4:25 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, September 28, 2012

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