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NBC orders five, axes comedies

NBC has commissioned five new series for 2013/14 ahead of its official upfront next week, but cancelled several existing comedies.

The new slate is led by About a Boy, a comedy based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby that has previously been made into a feature film of the same name starring Hugh Grant.

Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) is writing and producing the series with Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Revolution) directing.

Universal Television, Working Title Films, True Jack Productions and Tribeca Productions are the production companies, with Robert De Niro listed as an executive producer.

Two comedies have also been greenlit by NBC: The Family Guide, produced by Universal Television and Aggregate Films, about a dysfunctional family going through a divorce; and Sean Saves The World, from Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions, about a gay dad whose daughter moves in with him.

Drama series Believe, from executive producer JJ Abrams, about a young girl with supernatural powers, and Crisis, about a plot to kidknap children of high-ranking political figures, have also been picked up.

The network has renewed Parks & Recreation for a sixth season but fellow comedies Whitney, 1600 Penn, Guys With Kids and Up All Night have all been cancelled.

Yesterday the network confirmed it was cancelling Deception and passing on several other drama pilots.


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