'Parenthood' at PaleyFest 2013: Will There Be a Season 5?
NBC's family dramedy "Parenthood" has gracefully walked the line between laughter and tears for four seasons. And while the series represents a traditional family by certain standards, it pushes the boundaries of honest, raw emotion and real-life situations and transitions that aren't always pretty -- such as breast cancer, PTSD, and abortion. The series, based loosely on the hit 1989 Ron Howard film of the same name, examines the relationships of three generations of Bravermans -- a large and dynamic Bay Area family. Howard is also one of the show's executive producers, along with Brian Grazer, Lawrence Trilling, and Jason Katims.
At PaleyFest 2013, Katims and members of the show's stellar ensemble cast gathered to share the inside scoop on their sentimental series. Cast members in attendance were Craig T. Nelson (Zeek Braverman), Peter Krause (Adam Braverman), Lauren Graham (Sarah Braverman), Dax Shepard (Crosby Braverman), Erika Christensen (Julia Braverman-Graham), Monica Potter (Kristina Braverman), Sam Jaeger (Joel Graham), Mae Whitman (Amber Holt), Jason Ritter (Mark Cyr), Joy Bryant (Jasmine Trussell), Miles Heizer (Drew Holt), and Max Burkholder (Max Braverman).
1. Will there be a Season 5?
Katims tossed this highly anticipated question off to Burkholder, who apparently is so hopeful that there will be, that he may have bought himself a Lamborghini to celebrate. He didn't confirm that purchase, but he did say, "There's no way to know until it's officially announced. But I'm crossing my fingers." So are the fans!
Watch a scene from the Season 4 finale:
2. The serendipitous circumstances around the cancer storyline
Potter has received tons of kudos for her portrayal of Kristina, who beat breast cancer in Season 4, but the circumstances surrounding the inception of this storyline are astounding. Potter had a mammogram in real life that resulted in a little scare. Shortly after, she reached out to Katims and suggested it would be a powerful storyline for Kristina. Katims said that when he heard her idea, he got the chills, because the writers had just written that exact storyline.
3. Heizer wanted to keep Drew's baby
Heizer petitioned Katims to keep the baby during the abortion storyline with his onscreen girlfriend Amy (Skyler Day). He even had Graham try to throw some weight behind his opinion. But Katims decided to stick with Amy's character going through with the abortion. Why? Katims said that abortion is dealt with a lot on TV, but characters don't often go through with it. "We always wanna try to say what would really happen. This one was particularly difficult." He emphasized that he really didn't want to politicize it, and that he partly felt that he didn't want to get too close to doing a bold story and then say never mind: "If we commit to the story, let's commit."