Included in the new series picked up by NBC for their fall 2009 line-up is Parenthood, which is based on the film by the same name. The movie Parenthood came out twenty years ago (yes, it’s been that long), however, since the trials of parenting remain mostly the same, the premise is definitely still relevant.
Below is NBC’s description for the series:
Parenthood - From the executive producers of the box-office hit Parenthood, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Oscar winners for A Beautiful Mind), and writer/executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), this contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family - four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches, and joy of being parents. The star-studded cast includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Mae Whitman.
When Sarah Braverman (Tierney, ER), a financially strapped single mother, returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, Calif., after packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber (Whitman, In Treatment) and Drew (Miles Heizer, ER), she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek (Nelson, Family Stone, Coach), and strong mother, Camille (Bedelia, Heart Like A Wheel), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As Sarah is reunited with her siblings -- sister, Julia (Christensen, Traffic), and brothers Crosby (Shepard, Baby Mama) and Adam (Krause, Six Feet Under) -- all struggling with issues of their own, it’s clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face the everyday challenges of modern family life
Parenthood is a production from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) directs the pilot
As I said, parenting is always relevant so it’s not that big a deal that the small-screen version of Parenthood is coming to us two decades after the film’s release. The question is, will people want to watch a series about it? For some reason, the show Thirtysomething comes to mind but that could be because that series aired around the same time Parenthood (the film) premiered. The cast, which includes Peter Krause and Monica Potter, is a strong one so the show has that going for it. If we’re comparing the film to this new series, it’ll be interested in seeing whether this is a completely drama-focused show or if, like the film, there are moments of humor interlaced throughout the story so that it’s not just a show about how tough parenting is. Because people already know that… probably.
Parenthood will air on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM on NBC.
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