Parenthood Season 5: Time Jump, Return of Ryan Ahead?

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Let's unfortunately get this out of the way: NBC is yet to pick Parenthood up for a fifth season.

But assuming this does take place, most of the time spent last night at the show's Paleyfest panel was focused what storylines and developments fans can expect to see from the Bravermans this fall.

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"There will be a time jump, like in real-time or somewhat close to that," producer Jason Katims told the crowd of what he has in mind.

He also made it clear that he hopes to have Matt Lauria return as Ryan, schedule permitting: "I absolutely loved the dynamic between [Amber and Ryan] and I would love to continue that storyline... [But] Matt may or may not be available next year, so we’ll have to see what happens.”

Looking back a bit on Parenthood Season 4, Lauren Graham surprised some attendees by saying Sarah didn't end up with Hank in the finale. Not exactly, at least.

“I saw it differently,” the actress said. “I felt that the finale left it open. Sarah made a choice and then Hank’s like, ‘I’m moving to Minnesota,’ so to me there was a lot of energy in both areas. I did not view it as [she] chose one or the other necessarily."

Other tidbits of interest:

  • “Drew is going to Berkeley,” Katims said of that character's status on a potential Season 5. “He’s in town.
  • Neither Dax Shepard nor Joy Bryant were too enthused when they read about their fictional couple having a child. "Our baby’s going to sleep a lot," they joked.
  • Katims was "blown away" by Miles Heizer's performance in the controversial abortion storyline and added of the storyline: “It’s a tricky subject matter, but I felt in my gut that it was a story I wanted to tell. We set out in a way to make sure we were accurate, but to also be very sensitive. I didn’t want to politicize it… We wanted to get underneath the story and tell them in a way that we feel is as real as possible.”

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I Love this show when does it start?


I can't tell you how happy I am that my favorite show is coming back!! I am telling all my friends!


I just wanted to say in regards to the abortion episode: You say you "We set out in a way to make sure we were accurate"
In what way? Because it did not seem that way to me. Sure in the beginning, the battle of the decision; To abort, or not to, you stayed closer to a girl's real struggle. However, after the abortion is done you seemed to drop the ball. A girl who's body has just received that sort of trauma would not have been as okay as Amy was portrayed. She would be in serious pain. She also seemed completely okay emotionally and In my own personal experience I found this to be inaccurate as well. Sure she was quiet and looked tormented a bit, but other than that I was disappointed in how she was portrayed after the whole ordeal. I think that it was in poor taste to depict it as such an easy event, especially because of the many people (many of them young women) who watch this, you have basically told them through this episode that getting an abortion may be a tough decision at first, but that afterward you will feel fine physically and have no emotional scarring. This is not so. Women who had abortions in their teens are still effected well into their later years, some can never have children, and many many women are effected psychologically.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this show. This os the only cool family series on TV now. And I love it when they talk over each other that's the braverman family thing.please please come back for season 5.


There's a wole lot of good behavior modeled in the well acted, sensitively addressed, real-life situations. Redemption comes through the Braverman family pact, or pack! Together they are powerful. What a message to wrap in quality entertainment! You hit a home run with this one! Keep it going, please.


PLEASE BRING PARENTHOOD BACK!! I fell in love with the show the first season and never missed an episode and was surprised and elated when I got my husband hooked on it as well. Great cast, great storyline, this show HAS TO CONTINUE.


Please bring Parenthood back for 5th season, best show on NBC !! Love the Braverman's


Parenthood has to be back, Quality shows need to stay on. NBC has made some bonehead moves, but it can redeem itself by keeping Parenthood on the network.


This show needs to return. It's the only show currently on that actually is like what real life is like. Every episode hits the heart and mind. It doesn't need, strippers, aliens, thieves, or bombs to make is an action packed show. I love the realness from their arguments to their every day problems that occur. It's therapy for us "everyday" normal people. Team Braverman.


Love this program. Good characters, good story lines, good acting. Agree with others that it can be annoying when several characters speak over one another. Can't wait for next season!

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