Mae Whitman and Matt Lauria
Good news, Ryan and Amber fans! Matt Lauria is returning to Parenthood this season, TVLine.com reports.
On the NBC series, Lauria plays Army vet Ryan, a friend of Zeek's (Craig T. Nelson) who began dating Amber (Mae Whitman) early in Season 4. After taking some time apart, the fan-favorite couple appeared headed for a reconciliation in the season finale. Lauria is expected to return for at least half of Season 5's 22-episode run. Lauria joins Ray Romano, who will also be returning this season following his Parenthood debut last year.
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Last season, executive producer Jason Katims admitted that he initially didn't expect Ryan to stick around so long. "Sometimes you do a story and what you started out thinking would be a three or four-episode arc — you realize how rich it is and that's how we felt watching this story," he told TVGuide.com of the Ryan-Amber pairing in January. "They have a real chemistry, and also that story is very charged with Ryan's backstory and what he's going through and how it almost mirrors Sarah and her ex-husband's relationship."
Parenthood returns Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10/9c on NBC. Are you happy that Ryan will be back?