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Now new show pick-ups are leaking out of NBC camp

by Jason Hughes, posted May 4th 2009 9:03AM
ParenthoodThis leak appears to be unauthorized, but still pretty solid. It looks like the television remake of Ron Howard's 1989 film Parenthood has been picked up by NBC for next season. Peter Krause (Six Feet Under, Dirty Sexy Money), Maura Tierney (NewsRadio, ER) and Craig T. Nelson (Coach) are on board to star, and that's a pretty solid foundation right there.

The original Parenthood movie starred everybody who was anybody in the late '80s, including Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Jr. and Mary Steenbergen and Steve Martin. It was like Crash with an extended family, following multiple story lines that all ultimately connected.

A television series would allow a premise like that to breathe and get into some really good family dramatics, only hopefully sprinkled with humor. It's such a great idea, they already did it once.

Unfortunately, that show was terrible and was yanked from the air right away. Hopefully, this remake will be much better put together and worthy of time on NBC's schedule, because if it sucks I can just hear the fans of [insert show that will be canceled to make room for it] crying foul!

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This almost makes me rethink my vow to protest NBC after word has leaked that they are axing Life. Of course, I'll give in and watch this for it only to be canceled because it isn't mindless and unoriginal--or so Leno can get an extra hour every weeknight in the 2010-2011 season.

May 04 2009 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian Sheridan

What about The Philanthropist? Announced as a mid-season but never aired. James Purefoy was pulled away from The Saint remake project to star.

May 04 2009 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jason Hughes

That one's scheduled to kick off June 24 (Wed) for a summer run.

May 04 2009 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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