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Parenthood, Ep. 5.22, “The Pontiac” a heart-warming finish to an uneven season

11 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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Season finale review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Pontiac'

15 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of the "Parenthood" season finale — and some thoughts on season 5 as a whole — coming up just as soon as we talk about the big tomato in the room... When NBC announced last spring that "Parenthood" would get its first full-season order since season 2 (and only its second one ever), it seemed like a great thing. Finally, the show would have time to properly service all of the great characters in its stable, would be able to pace story arcs better, and just have more room to breathe for all the great glorious messiness that is life in and among the Braverman family. Instead, things felt even more imbalanced and weirdly paced than in the show's shorter seasons. Some major characters got virtually nothing to do (Crosby's arc for the season was about mold, I think), while we suddenly learned an awful lot about Drew Holt and the spell he casts over the ladies. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Parenthood' finale preview: Creator on Haddie's return, renewal chances

17 April 2014 1:39 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Parenthood closes out season 5 Thursday night with an episode that’s sure to be equal parts gut-punch and heartwarming — because, basically, both things are what you get with every episode of the show. In the preview for the finale that aired after last week’s penultimate episode, however, viewers learned there’s going to be at least one big surprise — an appearance from Haddie (Sarah Ramos), who has largely been absent from the main action while off at college and returns home with a female companion.

We called up creator Jason Katims for info on Haddie’s return and what »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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'Friday Night Lights' showrunner Jason Katims does a deep dive on the series finale

17 April 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

It’s not easy to stick the landing when it comes to series finales. Just ask fans of Dexter and How I Met Your Mother, who continue to debate the merits of those final hours. Which is why it is that much more remarkable when a show receives universal acclaim for its last chapter. Friday Night Lights is one of those shows. The saga of Eric and Tami Taylor (played to perfection by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) and the Dillon Panthers and East Dillon Lions ended on Feb. 9, 2011 when DirecTV aired the final episode. Then it ended again when »

- Dalton Ross

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'Roswell' reunites at Atx Television Festival

16 April 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Earth to Roswell fans: The Atx Television Festival is staging a 15-year anniversary reunion with stars Shiri Appleby, Nick Wechsler, Brendan Fehr, and Roswell creator Jason Katims this June.

The sci-fi show first premiered back in October 1999 on The WB and ran for three seasons (the last on airing on the Upn) before getting canceled due to poor ratings in 2002. The people who did watch the show really watched it, though — fans even sent The WB loads of Tabasco sauce (what the show’s aliens liked to snack on) in an attempt to convince the network to keep the show on during its first season. »

- Ariana Bacle

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‘Roswell’ Stars to Reunite at Atx Television Festival

15 April 2014 7:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Roswell” has landed at the Atx Television Festival. Shiri Appleby, Nick Wechsler, Brendan Fehr and show creator Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) will be reuniting during a session at the TV festival held in Austin, Texas from June 5-8. The WB/Upn series followed a small group of friends who sought to protect the young aliens in their midst. Cancelled in 2002, it has since become a cult hit. It also introduced the world to a young Katherine Heigl, who isn't among the cast members attending the reunion. Also read: Atx Television Festival to Honor Henry Winkler, Lineup Includes ‘Orphan Black, »

- Jethro Nededog

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David Hudgins Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

11 April 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In a competitive situation, Parenthood executive producer David Hudgins has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the two-year pact, he will develop and potentially join existing studio projects. Hudgins is coming off a two-year overall deal at Universal TV where he worked on Jason Katims’ Parenthood, most recently as executive producer, in addition to developing a number of projects, including a legal drama that sold to CBS earlier this season. Before that, Hudgins worked on Friday Night Lights for the entire run of the series, serving as co-showrunner with Katims on the final season, which earned four Emmy nominations including best drama series. Hudgins, repped by Wme and Bryan Wolf, previously created Fox’s short-lived drama Past Life and worked on the WB drama Everwood. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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NBC Is Looking For Aspiring Comedy Writers - Launches National Comedy Initiative 'NBC Comedy Playground' In Search

8 April 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Content is king, as the age-old saying goes. And in today's era of platform-agnostic audiences, creating original hit content becomes of even more importance.  In an unprecedented effort to discover fresh comedic voices, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke announced “NBC Comedy Playground,” a grassroots initiative designed to invest in new cutting-edge comedy through a groundbreaking national campaign that offers aspiring comedy writers from across the country the opportunity to take their concepts from pitch to broadcast. An all-star comedy Advisory Board comprised of Will PackerCraig Robinson, Maya RudolphAziz AnsariMindy KalingEva LongoriaAmy PoehlerJason Bateman, Robert Carlock, Sean Hayes, Jason Katims, Josh Lieb,Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Todd Milliner, Mike Schur, Adam Scott and Mike Shoemaker will help the network ultimately select two winners to create original shows intended for telecast during...

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NBC Seeks TV Comedy Talent for New ‘Playground’

8 April 2014 4:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC aims to find fresh comedy voices through a talent-search initiative dubbed “Comedy Playground.”

The Peacock is inviting aspiring writers to submit short video pitches for original comedy projects to the website NBCComedyPlayground.com starting on May 1.

An advisory board of NBC-affiliated comedy talent will help execs select up to 10 finalists who will receive funding to produce a presentation.

The two winners selected will see up to five episodes of their show produced for airing on NBC in summer 2015. But the presentations of all finalists will be made available on the NBC Comedy Playground website. Viewers will be encouraged to vote for their favorite project to be developed as a digital series.

The Comedy Playground effort is part of NBC Entertainment prexy Jennifer Salke’s effort to find creative ways to develop new material for the network, something she has said is a priority for her department.

“We are taking a bold, »

- Malina Saval

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NBC Creates Playground To Lure Comedy Writers Outside Of NY/La Film Schools And Comedy Clubs

8 April 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC wants to find fresh comedic voices. NBC’s Entertainment President Jennifer Salke today announced “NBC Comedy Playground,” which the network is calling a “grassroots” initiative designed to invest in new “cutting-edge comedy” through a national campaign that offers aspiring comedy writers from across the country the opportunity to pitch ideas with the winners getting a show on the NBC schedule. Salke made the announcement at NBCU Press Day — a sort of itty bitty Summer TV Press Tour — in Pasadena. “In our quest to break new comedy at the network in addition to our team doing great work, I felt it was time to push forward a marriage between what’s happening on the internet and the network,” Salke said. NBC has lined up what it’s calling an all-star comedy Advisory Board comprised of A-list talent, including Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Robert Carlock, Sean Hayes, Mindy Kaling, Jason Katims, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Watch Parenthood's Crosby Pop Up on About a Boy

8 April 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Remember when About a Boy's Will (David Walton) showed up on Parenthood months ago? Crosby (Dax Shepard) is repaying the favor by coming over for a wild poker night! Both shows are produced by Jason Katims, and since they both take place in the San Francisco Bay Area, producers thought it would be fitting if the two musicians knew each other. Even though we knew this was coming, it's still kind of bizarre to see the worlds meshing. The full episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC! »

- Maggie Pehanick

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‘Mom’ Stands Out Among Heart-Heavy Crop of TV Comedies

3 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s been a dismal season for freshman comedies on the networks, based on ratings. That’s the industry’s general perception, which is unfortunate, because it overshadows some notable efforts to break the sitcom mold. The most promising trend might be called the heart attack — shows that deftly add dollops of emotional depth, feel-good moments and real-world conflicts to their mix of one-liners and pratfalls.

NBC’s “About a Boy” and Fox’s “Enlisted” are good examples of how to weave heart into the fabric of a comedy in a way that doesn’t make you groan and doesn’t scream “Very Special Episode.” Credit the skill of showrunners Jason Katims (“Boy”) and Mike Royce (“Enlisted”) for deftly guiding their laffers along that fine line. ABC’s “The Goldbergs” also has a pleasingly pulmonary touch. This is a welcome improvement after too many years of shows that were inane »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Parenthood, Ep. 5.18-19, “The Offer” and “Fraud Alert” exemplify season’s consistent strengths and weaknesses

29 March 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 18, “The Offer”

Written by Sarah Watson

Directed by Lawrence Trilling

Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 19, “Fraud Alert”

Written by Jason Katims

Directed by Bethany Rooney

Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC

These weeks, on Parenthood: Max has horrible classmates, Victor and Sydney struggle to adjust, and Zeek and Camille have a decision to make

Parenthood, after starting out strongly, has fallen into a familiar pattern this season, with certain of its storylines absolutely succeeding and others consistently falling flat. The two most recent episodes exemplify this, giving viewers profoundly affecting moments with Max, Sydney and Victor, and Zeek and Camille while also returning to the same frustrating well with both Joel and Julia and Sarah and Hank. At this point, it seems unlikely that either of these two problem storylines are going anywhere before the finale, leaving viewers to hope that the expected turnarounds with both happen more subtly than currently expected. »

- Kate Kulzick

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Sundance prepares episodic story lab

19 March 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Sundance Institute has announced (19) the first Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab, set to run this autumn.

The six-day immersive sessions will support drama and comedy writing will be supported at the Lab under the guidance of Michelle Satter (pictured), founding director of the Institute’s Feature Film Program.

Among the Institute-supported artists who have worked on series for TV and online platforms are Cary Fukunaga, Lena Dunham, Louis Ck, Mark Duplass, Lisa Cholodenko, Jason Katims, Rodrigo Garcia, Todd Haynes, Rj Cutler, Mike White, Robert Rodriguez, Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute, said, “Sundance Institute has always worked to develop and support a next generation of independent artists. As more of those artists look to the opportunities in television and online platforms, it is only natural that we expand our labs to address the unique needs of serialised work.”

Keri Putnam, executive director »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Michael Liu Joins NBC Pilot ‘Ellen More Or Less’; Rahul Kohli In CW’s ‘iZombie’

17 March 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Michael Liu (Conviction) has booked a series regular role on NBC’s pilot Ellen More Or Less, written/exec produced by Jj Philbin, directed by Peyton Reed and exec produced by Jason Katims and Michelle Lee. The single-camera comedy, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Prods, centers on Ellen (Stacey McGunnigle), an average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love. Liu, repped by Gray Talent Group and Generate, will play Nicholas, a co-worker of Ellen’s in the billing department. UK native Ruhul Kohli (Alone Together) has been tapped for a series regular role in Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero’s CW drama pilot iZombie, from Warner Bros TV. Based on the DC comic, iZombie is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on med student-turned-zombie Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver), who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Julian Morris Cast In Amazon’s ‘Hand Of God’; Jama Williamson In NBC’s ‘Ellen More Or Less’

14 March 2014 4:14 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars) is set as a series regular in Amazon Studios‘ pilot Hand Of God, written by Ben Watkins, directed by Marc Forster and starring Ron Perlman. It centers on the powerful Judge Harris Pernell (Perlman), a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side who has a religious awakening and starts having visions and hearing voices through his ventilator-bound son that could be God speaking to him. Morris, repped by Gersh, Brillstein and Hamilton-Hodell, will play Paul Dobson, an actor-turned-preacher whose affinity for quick money and shortcuts have gotten him in trouble in the past. Related: 2014 Amazon Studios Pilots Parks & Recreation alum Jama Williamson has signed on to NBC’s pilot Ellen More Or Less, written/exec produced by Jj Philbin, directed by Peyton Reed and exec produced by Jason Katims and Michelle Lee. The single-camera comedy, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Productions, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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'About a Boy': Jason Katims, David Walton, and Minnie Driver talk new episodes, upcoming guest stars

11 March 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

When you’re really good at something, it’s easy to have an ego. Jason Katims is really good at taking films, like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and turning them into successful shows for NBC.

Luckily, Katims’ ego is in check and he’s moved over to the lighter side with the new comedy About a Boy, based on the 2002 film (which in turn was based on the Nick Hornby novel) about a man-child and the actual child he befriends next door. EW was at a special screening of two upcoming episodes of the series with Katims and stars David Walton and Minnie Driver. »

- Jake Perlman

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Robert Buckley Joins CW’s iZombie; NBC’s ‘Ellen More Or Less’ Adds 2

7 March 2014 4:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

One Tree Hill alum Robert Buckley has been set as a series regular in Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero’s CW drama pilot iZombie, from Warner Bros. TV. iZombie is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. Buckley, repped by Wme and Interlink Management, will play Major, Liz’s former fiance who is trying to make the transition to friend. Joshua Gomez (Chuck) and Tate Ellington (Remember Me) have been cast in NBC’s pilot Ellen More Or Less, written/exec produced by Jj Philbin, directed by Peyton Reed and exec produced by Jason Katims and Michelle Lee. The single-camera comedy, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Productions, centers on Ellen »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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'Chuck' Star Joins Jason Katims-J.J. Philbin Comedy Pilot (Exclusive)

7 March 2014 12:01 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC's Jason Katims and J.J. Philbin comedy project has added a Chuck favorite and booked a newcomer in the male lead. Joshua Gomez has joined the single-camera comedy pilot Ellen More or Less in a co-starring role, while newcomer Tate Ellington is set as the male lead, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Ellen More or Less centers on Ellen (Stacey McGunnigle), an average-sized woman who begins to reinvent her life (and love life) after she loses 100 pounds. Chris Diamantopoulos co-stars. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Gomez will play the thirtysomething Craig,

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- Philiana Ng

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Chris Diamantopoulos Joins NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Ellen More Or Less’

6 March 2014 1:38 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Chris Diamantopoulos is set to co-star opposite Stacey McGunnigle in NBC’s pilot Ellen More Or Less, written/exec produced by Jj Philbin, directed by Peyton Reed and exec produced by Jason Katims and Michelle Lee. The single-camera comedy, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Prods, centers on Ellen (McGunnigle), an average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love. Diamantopoulos, repped by Untitled and Wme, will play Ellen’s hunky colleague Jerry. He is currently playing the bipolar network head Castor Sotto on Showtime’s Episodes. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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