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It takes a lot to walk off with “biggest emotional twist” honors in a Parenthood episode that features a pregnancy, a cancer resolution, an adoption and two admissions to college.
Congratulations, Sarah and Amber. You killed us during the Season 4 finale Tuesday night. Now can you please pass the Kleenex?
Here, showrunner Jason Katims discusses the heartbreaking dissolution of Sarah’s Hank/Mark love imbroglio and Amber’s major move toward finally finding happiness. The Parenthood boss also weighs in on the possibility of a fifth season for the NBC drama — and previews which up-in-the-air cast members might return to take part.
TVLINE | Was there ever a scenario that had Sarah choosing Mark over Hank?
It was up in the air. We definitely had a theory of where we would go in the end, but this one was something we explored all different options for. We did like the idea that she would wind up without either of the two of them in the end. Even though she made the choice of Hank, he was leaving so it wasn’t all tied up in a bow. That just felt right for where it was going. So, where we ended up was the direction we had kind of mapped out from the beginning — but we did think about changing that. A lot of the moves that we made story-wise along the way were different than what we started out thinking would happen. It wasn’t a straight line at all.
TVLINE | It almost seemed as though Sarah was trying to convince herself that Hank was the right choice — even as she was saying goodbye to Mark. Was that purposeful on your part? Or just the way the actors played it?
That’s one of the things you get when you have actors like Lauren Graham and Jason Ritter playing those scenes; you get nuance and layers that are beyond what you could have imagined when writing the scene. I felt like Sarah was struggling with the decision even as she was making it, absolutely. And I think that made the story feel even more real. I felt very much with her as she was making those decisions, as opposed to thinking, ‘Oh my god, how could you talk to Mark that way?’ I do think that it was what we intended, but as you see the scenes, it’s even more wrenching than what the writers had intended.
TVLINE | Should the show receive a fifth season, is the door officially closed on Mark? And what’s the plan for Hank?
When it comes to both Jason Ritter and Ray Romano, I feel like we have to think about those stories in a way where it’s a possibility that it will end their arc. The availability of those actors we just don’t know. They’re both wonderful actors, very much in demand. We’ve been so lucky to have both of those guys on the show — Ray for the whole season, and Jason for a good chunk of the series. And as you can see with Jason’s arc over the course of the series, he’s come back and forth based on his availability. [Laughs] We didn’t really intend for it to close the door on either of the actors…. We don’t know what’s going to happen next year because we don’t yet know if we have a next season, but the process will hopefully be that we do get an other season and at that point we’ll let story drive these decisions.


Parenthood’s fourth season comes to a close Tuesday night, a finale that showrunner Jason Katims promises will be filled with both emotional moments and resolution. In a season that has featured nearly as many emotional triumphs (Max wins the election, Ryan and Amber connect) as it has heart-wrenching moments (Kristina’s breast cancer diagnosis, Julia’s adoption woes with Victor), the critical darling will see Sarah (Lauren Graham) painstakingly pick between Mark (Jason Ritter) and Hank (Ray Romano) and Kristina’s (Monica Potter) health status revealed. Elsewhere, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) look to finalize Victor’s adoption, Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) will address their future as a couple as Drew (Miles Heizer) continues to cope with the emotional fallout of Amy’s abortion.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Parenthood boss Katims to preview Tuesday’s episode, titled “Because You’re My Sister.”
THR: How will Amy’s abortion and their subsequent breakup change Drew? Might we see him go off to college next year in a fashion similar to Haddie?
Katims: That’s a question for next season and the journey he goes on next. The journey for Drew over the course of the series has been a real coming-of-age story. When you think of where he was at the beginning of the show, he’s gone from being very shut down to somebody who has been emerging as a young man. Certainly having to deal with something so big like this is something that’s going to really have an influence on what happens with him next. It will inform a lot of what we talk about when we talk about next season and inform how we think about that character. We could potentially [see his storyline mirror Haddie’s]; he’s a senior in high school; there’s a potential for that, and it is something we address in the finale.

THR: Sarah has to pick between Mark and Hank. The promo teased Hank moving to Minnesota to be closer to his ex-wife and daughter, should we take that as a sign that things look good for Mark?
Katims: She’s a lucky girl! That’s a high-class problem to have! You could take that as a sign. What we were hoping to do in this story was, when I look back when we started the season in the writers room, we wanted to try to create a true dilemma for Sarah, and we felt like there were things that would recommend both of these people to her and it would be a tough choice. It does get to the point where she has to pull the trigger one way or the other, and that’s what she does in the final episode. You can see she knows she has to make a decision and go one way or the other, but you also see that it’s not an easy decision to make. There are things drawing her toward both of these guys. It does come down to the wire, and she does make a choice.


This episode is the season finale.

Added some pictures of 4×15 in the gallery.

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Parenthood: Episode Stills: Season Four
Parenthood: Behind the Scenes: Season Four

Like its predecessor “Friday Night Lights,” NBC’s “Parenthood” is always an on-the-bubble show — each spring, we wait with bated breath to find out whether it will be renewed for another year. After middling Season 3 ratings, Season 4 was only picked up for an abbreviated 15 episodes. However, with fresh new storylines, particularly Kristina’s breast cancer and a young veteran’s return home, “Parenthood’s” audience has been growing.

At Sunday’s NBC Television Critics Association press day, NBC President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke said that no decision has been made yet about a potential Season 5, but the network is happy with the upward trend of Season 4.

“We’re feeling really great about [its performance],” Salke explains. “We haven’t determined its future, but I’d be crazy to tell you that we didn’t feel incredibly excited about where the show is creatively and the way the current storylines are kind of capturing a bigger audience. So we feel really good about it.”

Salke and NBC President Robert Greenblatt also touted “Parenthood” as a sort of “tonic” or antidote to the violence and scandal in the media, and they noted that they are looking at developing more family dramas in the coming seasons — which would imply that they do have plans to continue with the series. “I think those are just conversations in the coming weeks that we haven’t had a chance to actually sit down and focus on,” Salke says. “But I’m feeling very good about the show.”


Also added episode stills of 4×10 & 4×11:)

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Parenthood: Episode Stills: Season Four

Added captures of last night episode of Parenthood.

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Parenthood: Episode Screencaps: 4.12 – Keep on Rowing