20 items from 2014
To be or not to be ... pregnant: That is the question facing the writers of Parenthood as the show prepares to kick off its final season this fall. While the Season 5 finale wrapped up many of the year's ongoing story lines, so much so that it made star Peter Krause worry about a renewal, there was one huge cliff-hanger left unanswered: Is Amber (Mae Whitman) expecting? Aside from the hotly debated question of how she and on-and-off love Ryan (Matt Lauria) could have even had sex in his hospital bed in the first place — we're with you, Ray Romano — Amber was spotted buying a pregnancy test in the final act. While the writers begin to decide where the final 13 episodes will take the Braverman clan, we thought we'd help them out by devising a pro-con list of whether Amber...
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- Kate Stanhope
• For the first time in print, the story that bridges the gap between the last Daredevil series and the all-new ongoing! • A cross country flight pits The Man Without Fear against a man without a heartbeat! • Plus, Two Daredevils (for the price of one)! • Mark Waid (Daredevil, Insufferable) and Peter Krause (Insufferable) bring you the first leg in Daredevil’s journey to a new life! Daredevil #0.1 Written by Mark Waid Pencils by Peter Krause Cover by Chris Samnee »
Now that the TV season is over, awards season is about to begin. We’ve watched every minute of every episode of the finest shows from the past year to determine the most impressive scene from each series. It was a task as daunting as it was time-consuming (you try to pick just one “best” scene from Breaking Bad, or Game of Thrones), but we came away with our list, and we’re ready for you to disagree with the majority of it.
The clips, and our explanations, are below. Emmy voters, you’ll want to take notes. »
- EW staff
Parenthood's Season 5 finale could've easily served as a series ending, and a satisfying one at that, so much so that both the drama's showrunner and its stars wondered if the network would feel it was the right place to end.
"I got nervous watching [the finale] because I felt like, that kind of leaves it in a place where the network can very easily say, 'Oh, that's a nice ending to a series," Peter Krause told a theater full of fans Saturday at the show's Atx Television Festival panel, moderated by this reporter. Added showrunner Jason Katims, "This year, I honestly was hedging my bets. More than any other [season], I didn't know whether the show was going to come back and I thought it was a good chance we wouldn't."
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- Robyn Ross
It took some negotiating and a compromise on all sides, but NBC‘s family drama Parenthood has secured a 13-episode final season. It will air in the fall, with the series returning to its Thursday 10 Pm slot. Previous: ‘Parenthood’ Update: Path To Renewal Clear As Actors Reach Agreement There was a brief standoff between the network and the cast over some cost-cutting measures that would’ve trimmed the actors’ overall compensation by reducing the number of episodes they appear in to 9, but in the end, a middle ground was reached and the acclaimed show, shepherded by Jason Katims, will get a proper ending. Parenthood‘s cast includes Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Dax Shepard. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC is bringing back the Bravermans for one final run. The family drama from Friday Night Lights boss Jason Katims will be back for a sixth season after coming to terms with its A-list cast for an abbreviated final season of 13 episodes. The official announcement was included in NBC's 2014-15 upfront schedule release, with Parenthood slated to kick off the season with a return to its Thursdays at 10 p.m. slot. Photos: Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows Executive producers and the sprawling cast -- which includes Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen,
- Lesley Goldberg
Parenthood fans, get your tissues ready. The NBC series is in jeopardy of getting canceled amid a rift between the network and the cast, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Many of its cast regulars, which includes Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen, and Dax Shepard, are being asked to take a pay cut, THR reports. If the beloved series were to return, NBC would only order at most 13 episodes for a final season. Fans of the drama have anxiously been awaiting (and hoping!) for a Braverman [...] »
Having already announced a batch of new hourlong shows for the fall, NBC remains silent on the fate of the long-running but low-rated Parenthood. Scuttlebutt at the network is that executives are in a tough negotiation, trying to get the actors and producers to take a pay cut. Even in victory, insiders say, the network would order at most 13 more episodes for a final season. Photos: Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows The show, which just wrapped its fifth season, has always been expensive due to a cast of regulars that includes Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax
- Kim Masters
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
Jim Carrey starred in director Peter Weir's The Truman Show, which centered on a man who is unaware that his entire life is being recorded live for a massive reality television show. Everyone in his life, from his wife (Laura Linney) to his best friend (Noah Emmerich) are hired actors playing their part in a state-of-the-art studio that encompasses the fictional town of Seahaven. No details were given for the series, except that it will be a re-imagining of the film. It isn't known if director Peter Weir or screenwriter Andrew Niccol will be involved in any capacity.
• Amy Adams (American Hustle) is in early talks to star in Story of Your Life, a sci-fi thriller based on a Ted Chiang short story about a linguist who is hired to determine whether the aliens who have just landed on Earth are a threat. During her communication with the visitors, she beings to experience visions that help her determine why they are there. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) will direct off of a script from Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5). [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Kevin Pollak and TV veterans Tony Hale and Peter Krause have joined the cast of “Night Owls,” an indie comedy that stars Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project”) and Rosa Salazar (“Parenthood”), TheWrap has learned. Charles Hood (“Freezer Burn”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Seth Goldsmith. Production is currently under way. Pally stars as Kevin, a workaholic who has a drunken one-night stand with Madeline, a beautiful train wreck who he's horrified to discover is actually his boss’ jilted ex-mistress. When Madeline ingests an entire bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin is forced to keep her awake through the night. »
- Jeff Sneider
Long before "The Good Wife" killed off Will Gardner, actor Josh Charles had another notable TV role on Aaron Sorkin's "Sports Night." He played sports-news broadcaster Dan Rydell on that show between 1998 and 2000.
And on Friday night (March 28), Charles brought one character back from the grave for Keith Olbermann's ESPN2 show, "Olbermann."
The bit starts with little preamble and with Charles fully in the character of Dan Rydell. He and Olbermann spend a couple of minutes reporting on the sports highlights before Olbermann stops and asks what's going on.
"I just thought they couldn't find anyone who looked a lot like Peter Krause," Charles responds, referring to his "Sports Night" co-star.
"Yeah, well I thought you were dead," Olbermann responds.
After a quick "Apparently not" from Charles, the two agree that the actor was shipped over to the sports world to complete his "Good Wife" death.
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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
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 16, “The Enchanting Mr. Knight”
Written by Julia Brownell
Directed by Allison Liddi-Brown
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Julia accepts some blame, Crosby eavesdrops, and Sarah makes a choice
Parenthood knocked it out of the park last week by focusing in on the difficult transitions happening for Julia, Sydney and Victor, and Amy. It was somewhat of a respite, with the various Bravermans coming to each other’s aid and generally being the best versions of themselves. This week that break is extended somewhat, with each of the main storylines in a holding pattern. While the episode is entertaining, it’s far from essential and indicative of the growing pains present this season, with the series that so excellently adapted to a shorter episode order last year straining to expand back to its full 22 episode order.
The most successful scenes this »
- Kate Kulzick
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Captain Phillips (edited by Christopher Rouse, A.C.E.) and American Hustle (edited by Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 64th Annual Ace Eddie Awards Friday evening where trophies were handed out in ten (10) categories of film, television and documentaries.
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing.
- Michelle McCue
People die a lot in Six Feet Under. In (almost) every episode, in fact. But five seasons of at least one death per episode didn’t prepare me for Nate (Peter Krause) biting the bullet in “All Alone,” the third-to-last episode of the series.
Nate finds out he has a deadly brain problem called an Avm in the first season, so he decides to get a risky surgery to fix it. We’re prepared for his death at this point– he sets up his affairs, even discussing his funeral wishes with brother David (Michael C. Hall). But he survives the surgery, »
- Ariana Bacle
Ray Romano’s Hank has a habit of finding himself in some uncomfortable entanglements on NBC’s “Parenthood.” Usually, it involves Sarah… But in TheWrap’s exclusive preview from Thursday’s episode, there’s a whole new triangle forming for Hank. To refresh your memory, Hank has been ingratiating himself with Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) as he built a friendship with their son, Max (Max Burkholder). Also read: NBC Orders DC Comics-David Goyer’s ‘Constantine,’ Greg Berlanti Drama Pilots That relationship makes more and more sense as Hank deals with possibly going all these years living with undiagnosed Asperger syndrome, »
- Jethro Nededog
Does he or doesn't he? That seemed to be the question on Parenthood's fans' minds since Ray Romano made his debut as Hank, the irritable photographer and Sarah's (Lauren Graham) love interest. He soon developed a bond with Max (Max Burkholder), Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina's (Monica Potter) autistic son, leaving viewers to wonder if Hank also has Asperger's syndrome, but was never diagnosed. And we finally seemed to get an answer in a recent episode after Hank read a book on the disease and said, "I'm reading about me." In an exclusive sneak peek from Thursday's all-new episode of the tear-inducing NBC drama, Kristina and Adam talk about what Hank's possible »
Tonight, Parenthood star Monica Potter, aka Kristina Braverman, may take home a big award at the 2014 Golden Globes. After years of snubs, she is nominated for best actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for TV. To us, she's a shoo-in - in the most recent seasons especially, she's had us in tears with heartbreaking, emotional scenes. So, to recognize her incredible work on Parenthood, we've rounded up five of her most Golden Globe-worthy scenes from this year. PSA: grab a box of tissues before reading on, and to cheer yourself up, check out what she told us about her post-Globes cupcakes and hot dogs. When She Shaves Her Head Season four features Potter's best work to date, and shaving her head is a scene where her silence showcases her superb acting. The emotion in Kristina's eyes as she tearfully shaves her hair off »
- Alyse Whitney
20 items from 2014
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