‘About a Boy’ Minus 2 Episodes: Is It NBC’s Move for Cancellation?

By Kathleen Villaruben | 3 years ago
‘About a Boy’ Minus 2 Episodes: Is It NBC’s Move for Cancellation?
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NBC trims the episode numbers of the comedy series “About a Boy” Season 2 starring David Walton and Minnie Driver. From 22 episodes, it is down to 20. There is no announcement that it is going to be cancelled, but NBC’s move reflects its level of certainty in the series. Read on for further details.

The main issue with “About a Boy” is it gives NBC low ratings. In 2014, the series was put after the time slot of “The Voice,” which was not effective. It also does not help that it airs after “Marry Me.” The show’s premiere ratings dropped from 8.26 million viewers to 5.83 million. The latest episode only got 3.68 million. According to Headline Planet, the finale of “The Voice” may have affected the lower ratings of the series.

According to Cinema Blend, NBC had a difficult time searching for comedy shows that can become a hit for many years. In 2014, the network cancelled several shows such as “Community,” “Saves the Day” and “The Michael J. Fox Show.” “About a Boy” survived the cancellation spree, but recently, it has poor ratings.

The cancellation spree continues in 2015 with “Bad Judge” and “A to Z.” What is left in NBC’s midseason comedy series are “Marry Me,” “Parks and Recreation” and “About a Boy.” This year, the network totally eliminated comedy from its Thursday schedule. However, “One Big Happy” and “Undateable” will premiere on spring, hopefully regaining the ratings for NBC’s comedy series.

The news seems to be bad for “About a Boy.” However, according to Deadline, “Marry Me” only has 18 episodes, so trimming “About a Boy” can lead to finales roughly at the same time. The two series’ finales can make room for “One Big Happy” and “Undateable” simultaneously in March 2015.

Another possibility according to Deadline is “About a Boy” Season 3 may not ever premiere in the upcoming spring season.

The only positive news for the series is it will be NBC’s “most veteran” show after “Parks and Recreation” ends in February 2015.

“About a Boy” is based on a 2002 film with the same title and Nick Hornby’s novel.

There you have it for the update on “About a Boy,” which airs every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).

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