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'About a Boy' fan react: About a possible goodbye

I have some sad news for all of you About a Boy fans; tonight’s episode may be the last. It may not, but things are up in the air, and no one is really saying what’s going on except on Twitter—which, as we all know, is the only real place to get information nowadays. WINK.

Last week Minnie Driver hinted at the possibility that NBC was going to pull the series after this week, and all sorts of panic ensued. And by “all sorts of panic” I mean a petition was started, and people like you and me who love having quality, heartwarming shows to watch with our tweens were once again frustrated at being outnumbered by the zombies. Or the NBC execs. (Which are possibly the same thing.)

Seriously, how is it that the current television schedule is so heavy with, well, heavy? Zombies, CIA and Homeland Security scandals, sex scandals, corruption, horrific emergency-room scenes, murder, kidnapping, prostitution, infidelity: the daunting and horrific subject matter of what’s filling up the prime-time guide is no laughing matter.

Sure, there’s slight sprinkling of comedy in there, too. However, most of the sitcoms on after 8 p.m. can’t be called heartwarming, and certainly can’t be viewed with your 13-year-old by your side. Other than About a Boy, ABC is the only network that is even attempting to fill that hole with shows like Modern Family, Black-ish, and The Goldbergs. And now, by all indications (i.e., Minnie Driver and David Walton’s recent tweets), NBC may be throwing its clever, sweet, insanely witty, family show under the bus.

It started with this tweet from Minnie Driver, which set in motion a flood of incredulous and outraged replies from people like me (and yes, I was actually one of them) who couldn’t believe what NBC was possibly pulling:

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Over the past week, not much more information has been given, until today.

David Walton had a funny tweet about tonight’s episode being “About a Nielsen Box,” but he took it down. Interesting.

The rest of About a Boy‘s second season has wrapped up, and there are six episodes apparently “in the can.” (I have no idea if that’s the correct usage of that term. Hopefully I didn’t just insinuate the remaining episodes are in the toilet.) Driver also tweeted this photo out last week, with a the link to the petition.

But further investigation uncovers this tweet from Mark Kunerth, one of the writers and producers of the show, who suggests that the remaining episodes may very well get to see the light of day:

Exactly where we’ll see those six episodes remains unclear. DVD season-two set? NBC.com? Netflix? Summer fill-in?

What’s sad—other than the whole “family, heartwarming, clever show” thing I’ve already touched on—is that over the past few weeks season two has hit its stride. Fiona has found love in the fabulously presumptuous Mr. Chris; Marcus has found first love (and frustration) with his bad-girl crush, Shea; and after episode 13, it looks like Will is finally—maybe—growing up.

To have to abruptly say goodbye to all of them right now, when we’re just getting to the meat of the season, would be like setting a plate piled high with ribs in front of us and then pulling it away. Plus, we still don’t have resolution on that pesky “Runaway Sleigh” lawsuit against Will. I, for one, won’t be able to rest until I know if he can continue living the life of luxury or if he will have to actually *whispers* work for a living in the future.

I guess we can’t know the inner workings of the networks and all the discussions that go into (poor) decisions like this, although NBC has really made some bad ones lately, what with the cancellation of Parenthood after an abbreviated season six last month—another family show with heart. Makes me wonder if NBC even has one. Or what they have against the brilliant Jason Katims.

This news isn’t good for those of us who crave funny, engaging, uplifting television and are tired of being scared or depressed by all the other choices out there. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe this is all a big misunderstanding and the remaining six episodes will in fact be aired—somewhere—later in the spring. (I’m guessing suggesting season three is a counterproductive notion?) I mean, Kunerth did use the word “brief” in his tweet, didn’t he?

So let’s all turn our feelings wheel to hopeful, shall we? And if you haven’t yet, sign the petition to let NBC know that this is one love bubble that needs to stay afloat.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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