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May 12, 2014  /  News, Parenthood  /  Comments Off on NBC Renews ‘Parenthood’ for Sixth and Final Season

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.





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