Parenthood has booked Friday Night Lights alum Jurnee Smollett for a recurring role, TVLine reports.
Smollett will play a smart and feisty woman named Heather whom Kristina (Monica Potter) hires as her campaign manager when she decides to run for office. The arc will reunite Smollett with her FNL producer Jason Katims, as well as Matt Lauria with whom she worked on the show's final two seasons.
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Pity the network that has to follow cable at the annual Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Such was long-time underdog NBC's lot on Saturday, putting its happiest face on a mixed bag of new fall programming in front of an audience that just a day earlier had sat in rapt fascination as the cast and creator of AMC's Breaking Bad presented their farewell TCA panel — the first episode of its final run (airing Aug. 11) is as gripping as you could hope, by the way. The cable portion of TCA also included a spectacularly geek-tastic celebration of Doctor Who's upcoming 50th anniversary staged by BBC America (complete with TARDIS and Dalek, a roving Cyberman and a museum-quality display of costumes and props).
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Last year was a tough season for Parenthood, on-screen and off-screen. The show kept viewers reaching for the tissues when Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter) battled breast cancer, while her niece Amber (Mae Whitman) struggled with her feelings for a former soldier suffering from PTSD. Behind the camera, the perennial bubble show had been renewed for 15 episodes — shorter than the usual 22 — and ended its season way back in January. However, seven months later, the show has been renewed for a full 22-episode season and has been moved to...
NBC didn't improve its overall ratings this past season, but network chairman Bob Greenblatt remains positive.
"How good is it to celebrate being flat? At this point in our business, flat is the new up," he said Saturday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. Greenblatt pointed out that the other Big 4 networks (ABC, CBS and FOX were all down ) and dubbed the 2012 season as the "Year of Improvement," citing that it was the network's most competitive season in the past nine years.
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Josh Stamberg is moving into Parenthood, TheWrap reports.
If it weren't for Netflix's House of Cards making the drama races a bit more interesting, while opening the door to a brave new world of out-of-the-box content for future years' consideration, this year's list of Emmy contenders (see the major categories here) would be most notable for its numbing lack of imagination and...
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Got any Castle scoop on Beckett's answer to Castle's proposal? — Denise, via Twitter
ADAM: Yep, you'll get it — and Beckett's decision about the job in Washington — immediately when the show returns. But creator Andrew W. Marlowe suggests that the answer is the easy part. "There are four possible outcomes and each of them have their own particular consequences," he says. "There's no version of this that's easy and that they live happily ever after — even with the good stuff." And while Rick would certainly be heartbroken if Beckett said no, Marlowe says Beckett has the most to lose. "How can she make any choice without giving something up? She'll have to sacrifice something," he teases.
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When Parenthood returns for its fifth season on NBC this fall, Monica Potter's character, Kristina, will be back with a new attitude — and a new look.
Potter unveiled her new blond bob on Twitter this week, E! Online reports. "The new hair!!" she tweeted, along with a picture.
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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...