NBC is bringing back the Bravermans for one final run. The family drama from Friday Night Lights boss Jason Katims will be back for a sixth season after coming to terms with its A-list cast for an abbreviated final season of 13 episodes. The official announcement was included in NBC’s 2014-15 upfront schedule release, with Parenthood slated to kick off the season with a return to its Thursdays at 10 p.m. slot.
Executive producers and the sprawling cast — which includes Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia and Mae Whitman, among others — had been asked to take a pay cut in a bid to make Parenthood “more economically feasible.” NBC wrestled the cost of the show to around $3.5 million a few years ago and has since refused any pay raises. For the past few seasons, the series — which doesn’t generate strong overseas revenue — was saved by a deal with Netflix.
In its fifth season — the first in the prized and previously problematic Thursdays at 10 p.m. slot — the critically praised series has averaged a 1.3 in the key demo. That jumped an impressive 77 percent with seven days of DVR viewing, typically outperforming the rest of NBC’s Thursday offerings. The recent season five finale could have served as a fulfilling series finale as Parenthood continued to live on the bubble.
Have we just seen the last of Parenthood? The critically praised NBC family drama had been expected to get one final season to close its run. I hear that is in jeopardy. The plan had been for a 13-episode final chapter, matching the sendoff of another acclaimed but ratings-challenged NBC series, comedy 30 Rock. However, in order to cut costs, I hear the network, which owns the show, has asked the large cast, which features a number of A-listers, to agree to reduce their guarantee to 9 episodes, meaning each cast member would appear in and paid for 9 of the 13 final episodes. I hear the two sides are at an impasse, with some of the main leads balking at the offer with the clock ticking. There is a deadline on the table and, if an agreement is not reached this afternoon, the series may go away. While never a broad show, Parenthood has received a warm reception for five seasons and is shepherded by Jason Katims, who is very well respected at NBC.
Josh Wiggins, Thomas Haden Church and Jay Hernandez are already in the cast. Parenthood star Lauren Graham is joining the cast of Max, MGM’s family adventure from Boaz Yakin. Yakin co-wrote the script and is directing the picture, which is due to begin shooting in May in North Carolina. Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing.
Max, co-written with Sheldon Lettich, tells of a military dog who is traumatized by his handler’s death in Afghanistan and is adopted by the soldier’s bereaved family. He bonds with the soldier’s troubled 14-year-old brother, and together they begin to heal one another and discover a secret about the soldier’s death.
Josh Wiggins is already cast as the boy, while Thomas Haden Church and Jay Hernandez are also in the movie. Graham will play the boy’s mother, a woman who lost her eldest to war but now has to heal her youngest. Graham is known for her long-standing television work in such shows as Parenthood and Gilmore Girls but occasionally dips her toe into the feature pool. She last appeared in It’s Kind of a Funny Story, the Zach Galifianakis-starring indie from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and will next co-star with Robin Williams and Joel McHale in Merry Friggin’ Christmas.
She is repped by ICM Partners, John Carrabino Management
As you can see, Lauren Graham Fan has a new layout! The theme was made by Laura I am very happy with the new theme and pics used. Laura used one of my favorite Lauren shoots, which featured in More Magazine, in May 2013, which you can find here . I hope you like it just as much as I do!
I also added screencaptures of the previous episode of Parenthood, which was also the season’s finale. Check them out below.
– [2010 – ] Parenthood > Season Five > Screencaps > 5×22 – The Pontiac
Lauren was a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show on March 20th in 2014. I added screen captures of the episode to the gallery. You can check out her interview. I only found snippets and the complete episode, which also has an interview with Barack Obama. You can go to 19.07 minutes for Lauren’s interview.
– Stills Of: Talk Shows, Radio Shows, TV Interviews > 2014 March 20th: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Hi, my name is Aniek and I am the new owner of Lauren Graham Fan.org! Thanks a lot to Chanel for letting me take care of her baby. I am so grateful to be the owner of a Lauren Graham website and bring you the latest news and info about Lauren. You might know me from my other websites, Jenatics (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jennifer Aniston Fan. I am in the progress of adding tons of new pics to the gallery. For now enjoy, the latest episode stills of Parenthood, episode 17, 18, 19 and 22.
– [2010 – ] Parenthood Season Five > Episode Stills
Where they will lead, we will follow…especially if it’s the big screen,
After the celebrated return of Veronica Mars in movie form, fans of many other beloved TV series are eagerly awaiting news of big screen adaptations of their beloved show. One of ’em? The WB’s Gilmore Girls, which wrapped its seven-year run in 2007. Now, star Lauren Graham, who currently stars on NBC’s Parenthood, is sounding off on potentially taking on the role of Lorelai Gilmore, the fast-talking, witty, messy, complicated, coffee-obsessed and, obviously, perfect TV mom.
Graham’s recent Reddit AMA was, of course, packed with Gilmore Girls fans curious to know if a film version, à la Veronica Mars recent, is in the works.
But first, would Graham even want to take on the role of everyone’s favorite TV mom again in a big screen return to Stars Hollow?
“Yes, IF a movie version could be as good as we’d all want it to be, I’d love to play that character again,” Graham said.
She admitted that she “honestly” doesn’t know if there ever will be a movie, but “I appreciate how many have asked. That character was so special – I wonder what happens to her too!”
And Graham pleased Gilmore-loving fans everywhere when she gushed over her onscreen daughter, Alexis Bledel, writing, “Love her, we’ll always have a special bond. Saw her in NY not too long ago. I had a nice lunch with TV mom Kelly and Amy S.P. as well. We went to Joe Allen, one of my faves.”
A few other highlights?
What she misses most about GG: “I miss that writing, even though those long speeches could be a challenge.”
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s infamous last four words: “If I knew, I’d tell you! I’m going to ask her next time I see her.”
Does she say “Oy with the poodles” in her daily life?: “Probably not nearly enough. However, I have incorporated Huzzah! Into my repertoire.”
On her former roommate, Friday Night Lights and Nashville’s Connie Britton: “Connie an I moved to LA together and lived in an empty house, where all I remember us eating were Rice Krispie treats. She’s still a friend, but now we both have furniture!”
Thoughts on graham crackers: “I’m very proud of them, and the cereal as well.”