Deadline reports that "About a Boy" is nevertheless heading to the small screen, where it's being developed as a potential single-camera comedy series at NBC. This is actually the second time the story's been attempted as a TV adaptation -- in 2003, Fox looked into a pilot presentation of an adaptation starting Patrick Dempsey, written by Matthew Carlson and directed by Ken Kwapis.
On the promising side in this new attempt is the fact that it's being written and executive produced by Jason Katims, who's worked on both the great "Friday Night Lights" and the uneven but prone to moments of excellence "Parenthood." Michelle Lee will serve as producer. Katims focused mainly on comedy as a playwright and has reportedly been looking for a half-hour show in the genre -- Deadline says that "he liked About A Boy for his first half-hour comedy effort as it’s in line with the tone of his work, and he loves exploring surrogate father-son relationships on his shows." Outside of television, Katims wrote 1996's "The Pallbearer" with director Matt Reeves ("Let Me In," "Cloverfield").