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Despite mediocre and poor ratings, Parenthood managed to escape being cancelled for years. But now, NBC has decided to end the show with season six. Will the ratings rise in the final year or will they drop even lower? Will they regret the decision? Stay tuned.
Parenthood follows the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The large ensemble cast includes Bonnie Bedelia, Joy Bryant, Tyree Brown, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Lauren Graham, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Peter Krause, Xolo Mariduena, Craig T. Nelson, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Dax Shepard, and Mae Whitman.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am »
Parenthood, Season 6, Episode 1, “Vegas”
Written by Jason Katims
Directed by Lawrence Trilling
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
Parenthood begins its final season by picking up almost exactly where season five left off. “Vegas” may take place months after “The Pontiac” but for the most part, everyone is in the same place. Amber is indeed pregnant, with Ryan still out of the picture, Kristina is launching her school, and Zeek and Camille are happy in their new home. The only surprise Katims and co. throw the audience is Julia’s new office fling, which may become something more. It’s a surprising move given where the last season ended, but a not unwelcome one.
Most of this premiere functions as a restatement of the characters’ relationships and perspectives, »
- Kate Kulzick
I don’t often get time to read a lot of books these days, but I knew that Joseph Maddrey had a couple of genre-related titles coming out and I needed to make the time. A few years ago, Maddrey teamed up with iconic actor Lance Henriksen for the wonderfully engaging Not Bad for a Human, and Maddrey’s latest literary efforts- Beyond Fear and A Strange Idea of Entertainment-are both equally informative and compelling reads for any horror fan.
Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead focuses on Maddrey’s analysis and reflections on three of our genre’s most influential storytellers and how their visions uniquely shaped the landscape of horror entertainment over the last several decades. Considering we live in a world where we seem to have a documentary about practically every possible subject out there now, there’s actually »
- Heather Wixson
Matt Venne (Leprechaun: Origins) is writing the script for the new TV series, which follows a young public defender who joins a law firm that is run by the devil himself. Keanu Reeves starred as the young attorney in the original movie, with Al Pacino playing his devilish boss. Taylor Hackford directed the 1997 movie, which grossed $153 million from a $57 million budget, and co-starred Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen and Craig T. Nelson.
The project comes at a time where shows centering on the devil haven't been doing so well, such as ABC's 666 Park Avenue and NBC's Rosemary's Baby.
The Devil's Advocate was released October 17th, »
When the series finale of HBO’s mobster drama “The Sopranos” ended with a sudden cut to black, some fans cried foul. Others cried genius. Either way, it was unforgettable.
This fall the pressure to “end well” is on for a trio of long-running, critically acclaimed dramas — “Boardwalk Empire,” “Parenthood,” and “Sons of Anarchy” — and the showrunners are planning potent final episodes.
“A great ending stays with you. It resonates,’ ” says “Boardwalk” executive producer and one-time “Sopranos” scribe Terence Winter. “It’s something so powerful that you sit with friends and talk about what it might mean, the deeper implications.”
To increase the intensity in the “Boardwalk” series finale, the season premiere jumps ahead seven years to 1931 and finds bootlegger Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) at the start of the Great Depression, where he sees the devastating effects of alcohol on a broken population.
“This year, Nucky witnesses what he has wrought because of his lifestyle, »
- Kate Hahn
Good news for more NBC fans! Lauren Graham and Craig T. Nelson’s Parenthood was picked up for a 6th and final season. The odds-beating show appeared to be doomed for many fans, but luckily it survived for a short season. NBC announced that they had to make a short season of 13 episodes do to the cast. The series turned out to be costing burden to the network due to the stars attached to it. As for when it will air, it will stay in the current schedule for next fall.
This news was made before their big upfront event taking place today. Fans were anxiously awaiting the news due to the fact that it was not included in Law & Order: Svu announcement. Luckily fans can all breath knowing that we will get some official closure for the show. No word though yet on how they will spread out of the episodes for the season. »
- Sarah Peel
Things were a little touch and go for awhile but NBC has now renewed Parenthood for a sixth season. It will be the last season and the cast and crew will have 13 episodes to say goodbye.
Parenthood revolves around the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The ensemble cast includes Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Tyree Brown, Joy Bryant, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Xolo Mariduena, Mae Whitman, with Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.
The series has never been a ratings hit for NBC but it has remained a pretty consistent performer with a devoted fanbase. This season, the ratings took a pretty dramatic downturn, dropping 20-30% compared to the fourth season. Shows like Revolution, Growing Up Fisher, and Believe all had better ratings but they were cancelled.
The network »
Sounds like there's some trouble over at the Braverman house. Deadline reports that the show may be cancelled over salary and cost-cutting measures.
Airing on NBC since 2010, Parenthood revolves around the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The ensemble cast includes Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Tyree Brown, Joy Bryant, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Xolo Mariduena, Mae Whitman, with Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.
Word is that NBC wants to renew the show for a final season of 13 episodes. To cut costs, the network/studio has asked the large cast to reduce their episode guarantee from 13 to nine episodes. That would mean that they'd potentially only appear in and be paid for nine installments.
Reportedly, they don't want to do that and the cast and studio are at »
Ray Romano tends to get a bad rap. And it’s time for that to change.
On Friday, HBO announced that Ray Romano is the latest actor to be added to the cast of the upcoming New York-set drama about 1970s rock and roll from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter. Ray Romano isn’t rock and roll, you may contest. And you may be right — Ray Romano, the person, may be not be “rock and roll.” But Ray Romano the actor? He’s got the talent to be the toughest music exec we’ve ever seen.
- Ariana Bacle
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 22, “The Pontiac”
Written by Jason Katims
Directed by Lawrence Trilling
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Haddie comes home, Sarah comes to her senses, and Zeek and Camille dance
Parenthood has had an uneven season. After starting the year out promisingly, odd and unexamined character choices started to take over the show, leaving the audience to connect the dots to understand the extreme reactions (or lack of reactions) demonstrated by several characters. Joel, swamped at work (except when he isn’t), reacts poorly to Julia’s indiscretion and leaves. Hank’s back, but he’s not with Sarah, and no one knows why. Kristina runs for mayor, because remission? , and Adam, inspired by her, convinces Crosby to start their own label. Several of these storylines overstayed their welcome, stretched too thinly over the 22-episode season, but fortunately the finale draws more »
- Kate Kulzick
After last week’s manic, high-energy episode that was “Las Vegas” – an episode that even casual watchers seemed to find riotously entertaining, based on the various discussions I’ve had with friends and family about it – “A Hard Jay’s Night” is a rather restrained, merely decent, sort of harmless half hour. If last week’s Modern Family was an all-you-can-eat buffet of comedy, this episode is comfort food. The viewer gets exactly what he or she expects and little more.
As the patriarch of the series, Ed O’Neill has gotten precious little to do all season – although, compared to Craig T. Nelson’s Zeke Braverman on Parenthood, another show about a large family in its fifth season, he is working tirelessly. The writers’ attempts to make the character more than just a logical curmudgeon who likes to poke fun at his family’s shortcomings, such as a foray into writing a novel, »
- Jordan Adler
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently revealed that the studio is moving forward with a sequel to Pixar's "The Incredibles," which was released in 2004 and grossed around $600 million worldwide. While promoting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Samuel L. Jackson was asked if he'll be returning to voice his Frozone character. "Every time I run into [director] Brad [Bird], he always tells me Frozone is part of what's going on, so I have to believe that," he explained. "I guess they could be the Incredibles without Frozone, but I think Frozone would be a wonderful addition to what's already there." In addition to Jackson, "The Incredibles" features a voice cast comprised of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Pena, Sarah Vowell, and Bird. »
Samuel L Jackson has played Marvel hero Nicky Fury in seemingly countless films, but fans will also remember him as the cool-as-ice super known as Frozone. According to the actor, we'll likely hear him reprise the voice role in Pixar's recently announced "The Incredibles 2." Writer-director Brad Bird is expected to return, although no official announcement has yet been made. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently revealed the studio's plans for a sequel to the 2004 original which earned some $600 million worldwide. "Every time I run into Brad, he always tells me Frozone is part of what's going on, so I have to believe that," Jackson told DigitalSpy. "I guess they could be the Incredibles without Frozone, but I think Frozone would be a wonderful addition to what's already there," he added. "The Incredibles" also featured the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Pena, Sarah Vowell, and Bird himself. »
- HitFix Staff
"Troop Beverly Hills," the flawless 1989 comedy and utter box office failure, turns 25 today. Holy Craig T. Nelson, we're all so old. Fortunately the memory of righteous, glamorous den mother Phyllis Nefler is eternal. All hail the permed wilderness guru of the late '80s! I hope you appreciate this because the people around here can be so self-involved. Oh, shit, I broke a nail. »
- Louis Virtel
The 1989 Shelley Long luxury vehicle Troop Beverly Hills turns 25 today, which means 1) You’re even older than you thought, and 2) It’s high time Phyllis Nefler — troop leader to us all — receives the (likely waist-cinching) sash of Wilderness Girl patches she has always deserved. Join me on this stroll down memory lane before those stinkin’ Red Feathers swarm in like poisonous water moccasins and corrupt the route!
The Anne Shirley Commemorative Puffed Sleeves patch:
The Putting Things In Perspective patch:
“Smokey the Bear isn’t going through a terribly messy divorce.”
The Appropriate Gardening Attire patch:
“The neighbors around here can be so self-involved… »
- Annie Barrett
(via Kevin Hart’s Facebook page)
The movie is scheduled to open nationwide on Friday, March 27, 2015.
When millionaire hedge fund manager James King (Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to ‘get hard’ and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.
- Michelle McCue
With two current comedy stars in Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart and a stalwart 'That Guy' in Craig T. Nelson, prison pic Get Hard needed a little female energy for balance. It now has it thanks to Community’s Alison Brie.Admittedly, Deadline’s claim to an exclusive casting scoop would be a little more convincing if Etan Cohen, the Tropic Thunder writer who is making his directorial debut with the film, hadn’t tweeted a picture of Brie and Ferrell reading the script at the weekend.Written by newcomers Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, Get Hard tracks what happens when nerdy investment manager Ferrell is wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to time in the slammer. Before he heads to the big house, he contracts the streetwise guy who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up. Nelson is playing his boss, while Brie will be his fiancée. »
Here's what John Hollander had to say at the summit about The Incredibles, though it isn't known when they may release this 3D version.
"Right now we're working on The Incredibles, which is a lot of fun in 3D. I'm not sure what the release strategy for it will be. It's been an interesting challenge to work on technology because - while the film was released 10 years ago - the technology is even older as it took four years to make."
He also spoke about the Ratatouille 3D conversion, which has already been completed.
"We have a version of Ratatouille, which works really well in 3D and we're trying to figure out exactly what the release strategy for that will be. »
It’s no disrespect to Craig T. Nelson to call him one of our favourites from the that-guy-from-that-thing fraternity. He’s played Marines, sports coaches, cops, doctors and judges, not to mention a superhero in The Incredibles' Mr. Incredible. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest thing he’ll be that-guying in is Will Ferrell / Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard.Despite a title that seems designed to pack cinemas with thousands of Sid Jameses, Get Hard is an odd-couple pre-prison caper that sees Ferrell nerdy investment bank manager calling on Kevin Hart’s streetwise joe to toughen him up before a stretch in prison. The twist? Ferrell is totally innocent and, presumably, not all that good at fighting.According to the trade title, Nelson will play Ferrell’s boss at Barrow Funds and the dad of his fiancée.It’s Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen’s first stab at »
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