‘About A Boy’: Benjamin Stockham ‘Optimistic’ About Season 3 Pickup

Comedy is a fan favorite, but future remains unclear

Benjamin Stockham in 'About A Boy' on NBC
Benjamin Stockham
is “optimistic” about the future of NBC’s ABOUT A BOY.

“I think it is certainly possible that a season three could happen,” he says.

The Jason Katims comedy about a teenage boy named Marcus (Stockham) and his friendship with an adult male neighbor (David Walton) has been a critical darling — but recently saw its episode order cut and was temporarily removed from the NBC schedule beginning in March.

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Stockham, 14, believes more people would tune in if they had a better understanding of what the show is about.

“A lot of people these days, with comedies and sitcoms, expect inappropriate things,” he says.

“So maybe the fact that it is a comedy turns some people away.  This is a family show.  It sort of ventures this thin line between adult humor and family humor.

“It never gets too explicit, but it also has jokes for kids and I really think that is the perfect balance.  I think if people knew that it was the perfect balance, more people would watch.”

The remaining episodes this season will focus, in part, on Marcus’ first long-term romantic relationship.

Stockham told us all about it in an exclusive interview with TheTVPage.com.

So Marcus has a girlfriend now!
Marcus does have a girlfriend now.  He is pretty excited about that.  He is basically a man now.  He is going to do his best to treat her right.  In future episodes, you will see their relationship really develop.  I don’t want to spoil to much, but something pretty crazy happens.

You say Marcus is a man.  When does a boy become a man?
I would say 21.

Is it an age thing or a maturity thing?
I suppose it could be different for tons of people.  Some people are more mature than others.  They get mature faster and/ore slower.  I guess you could say that you are a man when you have reached that point of maturity where you take responsibility for things that you have done and work to be the best you can be.

This is probably the first character you have played that has had an ongoing romantic relationship.  What is that like for you?
I actually really like it.  I can’t help it.  I am a teenager and I have a girlfriend now.  It’s cool.  It is an interesting part that I have never played before and a new experience.  New experiences are the best.

It it different than having a girlfriend on TV?
Well yes, in lots of ways.

Any advice you can give to Marcus, man to man?
Just be yourself.  Don’t try to be somebody that you are not or you might lose her.

Will, of course, has his own lady drama.  Do you think he belongs with Fiona (Minnie Driver) or Dr. Sam (Adrianne Palicki) or someone else?
I know what happens, but here is what I think would be interesting:  Dr. Sam comes back and she sees Liz AND Fiona and there is a love square.  And Andy (Al Madrigal) gets super jealous and Will is all like, ‘I don’t know what to do…’

What is the best thing that has happened to you as a result of being on this show?
What this show has really done for me is introduced me to a lot of people that I wouldn’t have gotten to meet if things had gone even slightly different.  I am so happy to have met these people.

Is this the kind of success you envisioned having when you started out in the business?
Truthfully, no.  Maybe when I was really young and was like, ‘I want to be on TV.  I want to do that.’  But I have realized it is not really that easy.

What do you remember about your audition for ABOUT A BOY?
I remember that in the script I had to sing and I was really worried about that.  I was in the room and I am singing my heart out.  I was so in to it.  And all of a sudden they were like, ‘That’s enough!’  And I thought, ‘Oh no!’  But it turns out I wasn’t actually supposed to sing the full song.

Was that the talent show scene from the pilot?
It was, but it was a different song.  It was Adele’s “Someone Like You.”  I was really just letting it out.  I am pretty sure everyone in the (waiting) room heard it.  [laughs]

Benjamin can also be seen in the upcoming movie LOST AND FOUND.

ABOUT A BOY airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT on NBC.

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