Parenthood Scoop: Sarah's Love Triangle, Julia's Juggling Act and Amber's Big Romance
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Parenthood already has one of the biggest casts on network TV, but it's ensemble just keeps growing. Last season added Adam and Kristina's baby daughter, Nora, and saw the return of Sarah's ex, Mark Cyr (Jason Ritter). For Season 4, which premieres on Sept. 11 at 10/9c, the NBC drama has added a few more fresh faces. There's Victor, Julia and Joel's adopted son and, of course, Emmy winner Ray Romano, who will play yet another love interest for the eldest Braverman daughter. "I've been talking to Ray a bunch about his character and he's really excited about doing it," executive producer Jason Katims tells TVGuide.com. "He's a fan."
But Sarah's complicated love life — including whether or not she accepted Mark's surprise proposal — is far from the only obstacle the Bravermans will face. Katims filled us in on Romano's "acerbic" new guy, Amber's promising new romance, Julia's tough juggling act and whether there's another new Braverman baby on the way for Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant). As usual, it sounds like you should have your Kleenex ready.
The burning question on everyone's mind is: Will Sarah (Lauren Graham) say yes?
Jason Katims: The answer is going to be in the first episode. We're very excited to have Jason Ritter come back on the show because we didn't know whether or not he was going to be available. I think things are moving forward in their relationship. The wrinkle that we're throwing in is this new character played by Ray Romano who is going to wind up being Sarah's boss, but also a complicating factor to the relationship between Mark and Sarah.
How does Ray Romano's character compare to Mark? What kind of relationship will he have with Sarah?
Katims: Where we've seen that Mark is so flexible and open, Ray's character, Hank, is the opposite. He's a little bit acerbic and cynical. He has had life experience, so, in a weird way there's something that fits better between Hank and Sarah than with Sarah and Mark. It begins with her getting a job with Hank, who is a commercial photographer. Sarah gets a job as an assistant in this small photography studio. We want to watch as their relationship develops over time and, at the same time, watch Sarah and Mark's relationship develop and have those things slowly build to a conflict and try to follow it in a way that feels real.
Last year, Sarah and Mark clashed about whether to have a baby. Will that issue come up again?
Katims: What we have seen already and what we would continue to observe is that they're so great together, but they're also at different stages of their life. It's going to be very important for Sarah to also figure out her career and figure out things like moving out of her parents' house. This is an exciting year for her because it's a year of really trying to figure out some things in her life and taking the bull by the horns.
What's coming up for her kids this season?
Katims: We have always liked the idea of Amber working in Crosby and Adam's recording studio, so that's something we're going to establish this year. She's musical and she is an aspiring songwriter, so we thought it would make perfect sense. Then we also have an idea for a really interesting love story for her this year in a way that we haven't done before with her. What's great about Mae [Whitman] is that you really have watched that character evolve over the three seasons so far. So we want to go to the next step and have her get involved in a mature relationship.