Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria
To be or not to be ... pregnant: That is the question facing the writers of Parenthood as the show prepares to kick off its final season this fall. While the Season 5 finale wrapped up many of the year's ongoing story lines, so much so that it made star Peter Krause worry about a renewal, there was one huge cliff-hanger left unanswered: Is Amber (Mae Whitman) expecting? Aside from the hotly debated question of how she and on-and-off love Ryan (Matt Lauria) could have even had sex in his hospital bed in the first place — we're with you, Ray Romano — Amber was spotted buying a pregnancy test in the final act. While the writers begin to decide where the final 13 episodes will take the Braverman clan, we thought we'd help them out by devising a pro-con list of whether Amber...
Parenthood's Season 5 finale could've easily served as a series ending, and a satisfying one at that, so much so that both the drama's showrunner and its stars wondered if the network would feel it was the right place to end.
"I got nervous watching [the finale] because I felt like, that kind of leaves it in a place where the network can very easily say, 'Oh, that's a nice ending to a series," Peter Krause told a theater full of fans Saturday at the show's ATX Television Festival panel, moderated by this reporter. Added showrunner Jason Katims, "This year, I honestly was hedging my bets. More than any other [season], I didn't know whether the show was going to come back and I thought it was a good chance we wouldn't."
Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from Thursday's season finale of Parenthood. Read at your own risk!]
Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
The '90s nostalgia continues! Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer are heading to the ATX Television Festival to promote their current TNT show, Franklin & Bash.
ATX TV Festival to award Henry Winkler, adds Orphan Black and more
Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk
There's no place quite like the twisted heartland of FX's Fargo (Tuesday, 10/9c), a marvelous 10-episode variation on themes established in the quirky 1996 Oscar winning film. Once again, warm and neighborly small-town decency gives way to a bitter chill that has less to do with the snowy Minnesota plains than with the dark crevasses of human depravity.
The ATX Television Festival has announced its Year 3 lineup, including its first Achievement in Television Excellence Award, which will be presented to Henry Winkler.
Winkler, whose career spans from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days to recent roles on Royal Pains and Arrested Development, will receive the award during the festival weekend with a ceremony and a Q&A.
Lauren Graham, Jason Ritter
Sarah Braverman's relationship status has been complicated pretty much as long as Parenthood has been on the air.
Whether it's her on-and-off (and on-and-off) relationship with Mark Cyr (Jason Ritter), her messy work romance with Hank (Ray Romano), or her recent flirty fling with her neighbor Carl (Josh Stamberg), Sarah's love life has never been truly stable. But just when Sarah (Lauren Graham) seemed to be heading in the right direction — i.e. picking her work over a guy — Mark returns on Thursday's episode (10/9c, NBC) to shake things up again.
Happy New TV Year! With the Winter Olympics only a little more than a month away, the networks are wasting no time premiering new and returning shows through January, making this almost as busy a month for programming as the heights of September. Let the winter midseason begin.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Some underdogs adopt a never-say-die mentality. In the fringe world of wackiness known as NBC's Community, it's more like never say graduate, as the cult comedy returns for an against-the-odds fifth season with back-to-back episodes (Thursday, 8/7c) once again under the warped tutelage of mercurial series creator Dan Harmon. (For more on his and the show's comeback, go here.)
Jimmy Kimmel Live with Matt Damon
Torture! Clones! Betrayal! Sexting! And just sex! From touching series finales (adieu, 30 Rock and The Office!) to Game of Thrones' brutal Red Wedding, 2013 was brimming with fantastic hours of television. TVGuide.com has compiled the top 25 episodes. Which ones made the cut? Tune in all week to see the full list.
What were the best TV shows of 2013?
Here are the first five in our countdown.
Jason Ritter will return to Parenthoodfor at least one episode this season, TVLine reports.
The actor will reprise his role as Mark Cyr, Sarah's (Lauren Graham) ex-boyfriend, in Episode 19, airing April 24. In the episode, Mark will run into someone, though not necessarily Sarah.