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Parenthood Renewed!!!!!

Posted by tvtime101 on April 27, 2010


NBC has picked up its freshman drama “Parenthood” for a second season.

The pickup was expected as the family dramedy has performed well on Tuesday nights. Its performance gives NBC a post-“Leno Show” victory in the 10 p.m. time period that it wrote off last year. Along with Thursday comedy “Community,” this marks the second scripted freshman series on NBC to receive a renewal.

“To get two out of this year is very positive for us and we feel the shows are true to the brand,” said NBC primetime president Angela Bromstad. “Creatively we feel very good about showrunner Jason Katims and the cast. It would be tragic if this type of show didn’t work on network television.”

With DVR data added, “Parenthood” has averaged a 3.2 rating in the adult demo and in recent weeks has rivaled CBS’ “The Good Wife” among young adults.

NBC still has a couple major titles on the bubble for renewal — namely “Chuck” and “Heroes” — but sources indicate both will probably return, with “Heroes” likely receiving a 13-episode “final season” order.

“It is all yet to be debated,” Bromstad said. “Both of those shows make sense with the new shows we’ll be bringing on.”

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Parenthood: What’s goin on down there? – Cha Cha Cha Chia

Posted by tvtime101 on April 13, 2010


Well, this episode really dives into the problems of the Braverman family that we didn’t see before.

Adam starts tonight by trying to reconnect some family time.  After the unsuccessful attempt, he ends up at a dinner for some new clients.  He ends up drinking 2 daiquiri’s before switching to virgin daiquiri’s while seeing Max’s behavioral therapist partying it up, sitting on the bar doing tequila shots.  Speaking of Max, it really seems like the behavioral therapist is doing a great job.  He seems somewhat more manageable, but only on the sticker system so far.  Haddie tried to take Max to the theater, and it didn’t work out so great which ruined the prospect “Kitty’s on the grill” time… according to Kristina.   But, it’s evident that Adam has reached overload status and freaks out on Kristina.  She’s not really sure what to do since she’s always the one freaking out and over stressing, so she tells him to take a break.

Haddie spent career day with Julia at her work.  After quoting some “Pretty Woman” lines, we realize that Julia not only has her own latte man,  but is also the female version of George Kastanza in “Pretty Woman”…  the legal, ruthless and cunning merger and aquisition lawyer.  This makes Julia realize that is not the person she set out to be and is having an attack of conscience and appears to be thinking of changing law industries.  This also makes Kristina feel a little worthless.  Haddie went on and on about having a workforce and successful woman in the family to look up to.  Desperate for her daughter to realize that she was once that woman and gave it up for the better cause of being a mom, she started to pull out all of her old files to show Haddie that she was a successful woman too.   It wasn’t until Adam had a bike ride with Haddie and brought her to a park that Kristina saved from a construction conglomerate and turned it into a park that made Haddie realize her mom is cool too.

Speaking of cool Moms, Sarah tonight could not have been well played by Maura Tierney.  Look, I love Maura Tierney and I hope she’s doing well with her breast cancer treatment, but I would have found it tough to see her have a relationship with a man 12 years younger than her, than tell her daughter to only hear her daughter cry.  Yes, Lauren Graham did a great job executing the, I slept with your teacher role as she has experience in it with being Lorelai Gilmore.  However, she did have a gal pal night discussing it with Julia and Kristina when Kristina and Julia informed her that guys these days don’t the the Chia Pet look down there.  So, she didn’t realize that Amber was into her teacher until Adam pointed it out.  After informing Amber of their relationship, you could hear her cry from outside her door.  This prompted Sarah to go to Mr. Mark Cyr’s apartment, and ask him on a date in two years.  Amanda is wrecked, and never ends up going to her SAT exam and instead her boyfriend from Fresno shows up.  Why did Sarah have to tell her about her relationship the day before the SATs?  She really couldn’t have waited.

Crosby started his day out in yoga class, and Jabbar ended up talking to another kid and the mother invited them over for a play date. The play date turned into another play date the next day.  The second day was interesting.  While they were in the pool, the lifeguard took over and Crosby and this woman went into the house.  Things started getting hot and heavy but Crosby couldn’t do it.  He’s growing up.  He didn’t feel comfortable leaving Jabbar out there.  Well, of course Jabbar tells his mom and now she’s mad.   I can only see this ending with Julia stepping in to get him some legal rights to see this kid.

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Parenthood: The Big ‘O’… Have you faked one lately?

Posted by tvtime101 on April 7, 2010


This just as the others aired already was a great episode.  I really must say, the writers are doing a great job.  Granted there are enough characters to spread around what each one is going through right now, however, there is never a dull moment (err scene rather).

This episode opened with a morning delight that most of us don’t happen to get after kids come.  You can tell Kristina is having a hard time being a mom and wife right now.  Look, we know that it DOES get stressful, but you do need to relax.  Things look like they are starting to fall into place with the new behaviorist, and it is hard to recognize and admit your child’s weakness, let alone say them out loud to a stranger (no parent wants that!)  But, RELAX.. your stressin me out man…  If this helps Max, and so far it is, you need to trust it.

I have to say Peter Krause never ceases to amaze me.  How he captures the moment of staring at his wife while she is explaining that Max has no friends really showed the compassion and love in his character (the expression on his face!).

Lauren Grahams character, Sarah is…. very Lauren Graham.  She plays those wacky roles perfectly!   Who else would be more capable of explaining the reasons why women fake orgasms.  That was easily the funniest scene of the episode,  Lauren Graham and Peter Krause talking about faking orgasms.  All about why we fake them, how can ya tell, and what it means.  I loved so many lined in that scene, but, I think my favorite one was “It’s a gift!, A Gift that says please come again and real soon!”  However, her tryst with Amanda’s English Teacher seems a little Lorelai Gilmore dating Max (Rory’s Teacher.) Not really liking it.   We see in upcoming scenes for next week that Amanda is stunned to learn about this ultra shocking relationship.   All I can say is, “Come on. High School is hard enough, don’t date my teacher mom!” No sign of Drew tonight.. maybe he was in the shower the whole episode… not really sure.

Dax’s situation gets more precarious.  Crosby has this absolutely adorable 5 year old, and yea, telling your parents is a difficult thing, but he’s growing up and I thought it was sincere and great that he wanted to be Jabar’s dad.  Of course he brought Jabar to meet his parents Zeek and Camille.  It was a real test to see the reactions of the parents when Crosby told them.  It was also a test of character for Dax to tell them about it by himself.

Julia and Joel (a.k.a. Joelski) was the hardest part of seeing this show.  I was so afraid of them being the typical one cheats couple that splits in my tv world.  Referencing back to Sarah and Joe from ABCs “Brothers and Sisters”, it just started going in that direction of okay, I kissed so and so and that is how it started.  However, if I were Julia, I would let our children play, but never let my husband in a room with her again.  It’s so nice to finally see a man end something before it started.  We don’t see that enough!!!!  It was also great to see Julia trust her husband and not be selfish and allow her daughter to be Harmony’s best friend.  It was a selfless act, and we applaud.

Once again, thank you to the writers for ensuring that there were no boring or dull scenes and bring us more stuff we don’t see very often.

What do you think about Parenthood?  Is it in your top 5?  Tell ME!!!!!!

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