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Parenthood: NBC Wants a Second Series Based on the Movie — Will This One Work?

ParenthoodBack in 1989, Ron Howard directed Parenthood, a charming family movie about the extended Buckman clan and the trials and tribulations of raising children. The light-hearted film was a box office success and stars a diverse cast including Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Martha Plimpton, and Joaquin Phoenix. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards, with Wiest being nominated for Best Supporting Actress and composer Randy Newman landing a Best Song nomination.

Based on the success of the film, NBC decided to try making a Parenthood TV show. The plot was very similar and three actors reprised their suppting roles; Ivyann Schwan, Zachary La Voy, and Max Elliott Slade. The series stars Ed Begley, Jr., Maryedith Burrell, Ken Ober, William Windom, and Jayne Atkinson. Curiously, many of the young and virtually unknown castmembers have gone on to a great amount of success over the years — David Arquette, Thora Birch, and some guy named Leonardo DiCaprio. Other castmembers include Mary Jackson, Sheila MacRae, Bess Meyer, Susan Norman.

Though the half-hour sitcom was co-written by a pre-Buffy the Vampire Slayer Joss Whedon, it wasn’t a favorite with viewers or critics. Only 12 episodes were made before Parenthood was cancelled. The last episode aired on August 11, 1991.

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Now, 20 years after the theatrical release of the movie, NBC is developing a new Parenthood TV show. It’s being adapted by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) who will executive produce, along with Imagine TV’s Howard and Brian Grazier. The project supposedly will not interfere with Katim’s commitment to Lights, should it be renewed for another season.

Peter Krause (Dirty Sexy Money) and Maura Tierney (ER) have just been cast in the project and will play the roles originated by Martin and Weist in the film version. They join several other cancelled TV show veterans. Erika Christensen (Six Degrees), Mae Whitman (Arrested Development), Sarah Ramos (Runaway), are all set to co-star and Craig T. Nelson (Coach) and Dax Shepard (Punk’d) are currently in negotiations to join them.

This new version of Parenthood will be an hour-long update of the original and take into account the modern challenges of parenting in today’s fast-paced world. The network has committed to shooting a pilot but hasn’t given the series a full greenlight yet.

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Ray & Linda Campelo May 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Please don’t cancel Parenthood. It is one of our favorite shows. We love the characters and the true to life problems they have and the closeness of family. They show how a family cares for each other, and the love that they have for each other.


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marylou April 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Lets not cancel this show.It relates to most normal ameican families,and what they have to cotend with in life.Keep it for another season for many cliff hangers,to cancel it this year.


marylou April 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Parenthood is one of the best shows on TV.Down to earth people that anyone can relate to.Please don’t remove it,it can make it another season,the way you left ,with lots of cliff hangers. keep it going !!!!!!


Kathi April 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Absolutely best show on tv….PLEASE KEEP IT ON !!!!!!!!!


Kathleen March 21, 2011 at 12:55 am

This show is great. I record it so I don’t dare miss it. If you let this one go
you are crazy. It’s the best.


Teri H December 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

I just started watching Parenthood this season and got hooked. I LOVE IT. Now when I tune in on Tuesday night it is not on. DO NOT CANCEL IT.


Jeanne Fosnot December 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I look forward every week to this show. Please don’t cancel it. This is TV at its best. PLEASE PLEASE don’t cancel PARENTHOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


Sandy Perry December 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm

This is the only show that I have ever inquired about. I just LOVE it and all of the cast members are great in the part that they play. I couldn’t believe it when I tuned in on Tuesday night and it wasn’t there….Bummer. It is my favorite show on television including HBO and Showtime.
I will wait until January, 2011. Thanks for bringing it back.
Sandy P.


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