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'Parenthood' on NBC - New TV Pilot Preview

by Kelly Woo, posted Jul 6th 2009 6:00PM
ParenthoodWhat should you expect from the new TV shows coming this fall? Read our first impressions of NBC's 'Parenthood,' starring Peter Krause, Maura Tierney and Craig T. Nelson.

Premise: Struggling single mom Sarah moves her two teenage children back home to Berkeley, Ca., where she's welcomed back into the fold by her big, imperfect but loving family. Meanwhile, her three adult siblings all parenting issues of their own in this drama that is loosely based on the 1989 Ron Howard-directed film of the same name.



Note: This is not a review, merely our first impression of an unfinished product. A show can go through many changes between the pilot stage and its official broadcast debut.


'Parenthood'

Premise: Struggling single mom Sarah moves her two teenage children back home to Berkeley, Ca., where she's welcomed back into the fold by her big, imperfect but loving family. Meanwhile, her three adult siblings all parenting issues of their own in this drama that is loosely based on the 1989 Ron Howard-directed film of the same name.

Cast: Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Mae Whitman

What Works: The powerhouse cast, led by MVP Tierney as Sarah, is impressive, and the characters feel lived-in and real. It's also a pleasure to see a true, grown-up family drama on television again.

What Doesn't: The pilot feels a bit heavy on the drama. Let's hope things lighten up now and again down the road.

Our Excitement Level (Out of 10): 8

Premiere Date: Wed., Sept. 23 at 8PM ET on NBC Now midseason due to Maura Tierney's undisclosed illness

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