About a Boy

About the Show

Based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "An Education"), written and produced by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood"), and directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Revolution") comes a different kind of coming-of-age story.

After writing a hit song, Will Freeman (David Walton, "Bent," "Perfect Couples") was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver, "Good Will Hunting," "Barney's Version"), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham, "1600 Penn"), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world.

When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will's not so sure about being a kid's new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will's son and in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will's house, playing Ping-Pong and gorging on steaks, something his very vegan mom would never allow. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible - about himself and caring for others. Also starring is Al Madrigal ("Gary Unmarried"). 

Katims, Favreau, Tim Bevan ("Les Misérables," "About a Boy"), Eric Fellner ("Les Misérables," "About a Boy"), Liza Chasin ("Les Misérables," "About a Boy"), Robert De Niro ("About a Boy," "Meet the Parents") and Jane Rosenthal ("About a Boy," "Meet the Parents") serve as executive producers. "About a Boy" is a production of Universal Television, Working Title Films, True Jack Productions and Tribeca Productions.

Cast Bios


Executive Producer

Jason Katims, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Jon Favreau (pilot)

Produced By

Working Title Films, True Jack Productions, Tribeca Productions, Universal Television

Teleplay By

Jason Katims (pilot)

Created for Television By

Jason Katims

Based on the Screenplay By

Paul Weitz, Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz


Jon Favreau (pilot)

Co-Executive Producer

Michelle Lee, Mark Kunerth, David Israel

Supervising Producer

Colleen McGuinness, Cara DiPaolo

Director of Photography

Tim Bellen (series), David Miller (pilot)

Line Producer

Dylan Massin


Carrie Kemper

Consulting Producer

Sarah Watson

Executive Story Editor

Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi


Dan Lebental (pilot)

Staff Writer

Nadia Bacon

Casting Director

Cami Patton

Production Designer

Steven Jordan


Los Angeles, California