The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will dominate NBC throughout the month of February, but the network has revealed when its midseason programming –including comedies “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher” and dramas “Believe” and “Crisis” — will premiere.
“About a Boy,” a half-hour comedy based on the best-selling Nick Hornby novel (you might’ve seen the movie version with Hugh Grant), will preview during the Olympics at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, after the night’s Sochi coverage, but will move to its regular time period on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. David Walton stars in the adaptation, from “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” producer Jason Katims.
The network will follow the same format for its other new sitcom, “Growing Up Fisher.” The show, starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, will preview at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 after the Olympics closing ceremonies, then move to its regular time slot on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m. following “About a Boy.”
On the drama side of things, J.J. Abrams‘ and Alfonso Cuaron‘s “Believe” will preview Monday, March 10 at 10 p.m. after “The Voice” before moving to its regular time slot on Sunday, March 16 at 9 p.m. The supernatural drama follows a 10-year-old girl with special powers on the run from people who want to use her for nefarious purposes.
The network also announced a new reality series, “American Dream Builders,” set to premiere Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The Nate Berkus-hosted show will see 12 designers and builders compete to perform massive home renovation projects.
Interestingly, the network has not announced a return date for Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Given the above schedule, though, it seems unlikely the show would be on the air before late spring.