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Minnie Driver will star in that TV version of About A Boy for NBC

NBC’s plan to keep up appearances by surrounding itself with all the famous people it can buy continues with its previously announced adaptation of Nick Hornby’s About A Boy: Minnie Driver has joined the cast in the role played by Toni Collette in the 2002 film—a single mother who was suicidal and depressed in the movie, which on television translates to “kooky.” Driver will star opposite David Walton (most recently seen as Zooey Deschanel’s doofy, Creed-loving doctor boyfriend on New Girl), who’s taking over Hugh Grant’s place as the bachelor next door who learns to stop enjoying his freedom and having daily casual sex with a never-ending stream of willing partners, once he realizes he could instead hang out with Driver’s son to whom he owes nothing. The show is produced by Friday Night Lights’ Jason Katims, its pilot will be directed by Jon Favreau, and now it also co-stars Minnie Driver—a list of talent that NBC has metaphorically pressed against the glass, asking other networks, “How do you like them apples?” to their probable indifference.


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