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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.
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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 »
Jennifer Beals has joined the cast of Matthew Modine's coming-of-age film "The Rocking Horsemen". The story follows five teen boys on their journey to form a rock band during the summer of 1962 and chronicles what it's like to be young when everything seems possible and music can transform one's life.
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Moss plays a single mum and her terrified young daughter who are trapped and tormented by a mysterious creature. Pre-production kicks off in the Fall. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
Jennifer Beals has joined the cast of Matthew Modine's coming-of-age film The Rocking Horsemen. Beals joins Sean Astin, James Frecheville, Riley Griffiths, Jared Gilman, David Alan Grier, Miles Heizer, Eric Stoltz, Isaac White and Billy Zane, all of whom have already boarded the project. The Rocking Horsemen follows five teen boys on their journey to form a rock band during the summer of 1962. The boys have high hopes and are driven by a shared fear of what the future holds. When the chance to perform at their high school graduation arises, the stage is set for the
- Tatiana Siegel
A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I come in over asking... I've gotten out of the weekly "Parenthood" reviewing business because the show had reached a point where I was spending much more time critiquing the behavior of the characters than the show itself. But when the show does something special like the Max/Kristina/Adam car scene from "The Offer," I feel it deserves notice. Stories like Max's field trip gone horribly awry, or like the yearbook incident from earlier this season, only make bigger arcs like Kristina's mayoral campaign or the charter school seem sillier and more contrived. "Parenthood" does the small stuff exceptionally well — though to Max, the feeling that he will never fit in with or be accepted by his peers would feel infinitely larger than the question of whether his mom will become mayor of Berkeley — but often struggles »
- Alan Sepinwall
This week, many celebrities were in England for London Fashion Week and the BAFTA Awards, and they made sure to snap plenty of photos along the way. From Oprah's selfie with Michael Fassbender and Emma Thompson to Lupita Nyong'o's "losers selfie," a lot of the fun was happening overseas. Elsewhere, stars like Lea Michele, John Stamos, and Emmy Rossum had us yearning for Summer with gorgeous swimsuit photos, while Rihanna enjoyed "#cabinlife" in a puffy pink coat for a prebirthday bash. Some pics were more relatable, like when The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham freaked out over the crazy House of Cards season two premiere, Mae Whitman and Miles Heizer got brunch, and Katy Perry fell in love with a tiny puppy. Keep reading to see the rest of this week's cutest celebrity candids, and be sure to follow Popsugar on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! »
- Alyse Whitney
“Somewhere between pleasant and innocuous” is not a description one would — or should — expect to apply to a movie whose narrative is triggered by a school massacre. But that pretty well defines “Rudderless,” toplining Billy Crudup as a grieving father who gets a new lease on life playing his late son’s music. At least, it does until a late plot revelation tips William H. Macy’s directorial debut in a more serious direction that his script (co-penned with Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison) is very poorly equipped to handle. Result is somewhat baffling in retrospect, if actually rather bland and formulaic to watch. Official Sundance closer may score some theatrical exposure, though being neither quite mainstream crowdpleaser nor offbeat indie, it will likely play best on cable.
Divorced advertising executive Sam (Crudup) is expecting to meet his only child, Josh (Miles Heizer), when news arrives that someone has run »
- Dennis Harvey
7 items from 2014
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