There is a possibility that Parenthood may return to television.
The creator of the program, Jason Katims, recently revealed to PEOPLE that he is considering reviving Parenthood, mostly due to the demand from the audience. Katims discussed the reasons why bringing back Parenthood may be a genuine option when analyzing several of his television programs, such as Friday Night Lights.
“For some reason, the show Parenthood is the one that everyone wants to know more about from me. In point of fact, it does make sense, “he disclosed this information at the Los Angeles premiere of Dear Edward, another series that he had developed. “I never give it much thought, but whenever somebody brings it up, my response is always the same: ‘Oh sure, I would love to do that.'”
NBC broadcast all six seasons of Parenthood, which ran from 2010 to 2015. The idea centered on following various subunits of an extended family as they dealt with the ups and downs of life, including the challenges of marriage and parenthood as well as difficult transitions in their lives. Since the actors who played the roles of children are now considered to be adults, it is probable that any form of the relaunch would center on the actors’ own experiences of becoming parents.
“That program has a lot of intriguing aspects, in my opinion. It seems like a significant amount of time has passed, and it would be fascinating to look back on it now “Katims offered an explanation. “These characters — It is practically a generation later, and we are witnessing these individuals, as well as the characters that we saw in the previous generation, play out their lives in the next generation. That might be an intriguing development.”
Despite this, there are currently no definite plans in place to bring the program back to screens. Katims came to the conclusion by saying, “But it’s not like I think about it.” “The answer to that question is obviously yes. It was such a rewarding experience that getting the chance to do it all over again with the same actors would be an incredible privilege. Because of this, it is going to be an absolute pleasure.”
Parenthood had a loaded cast with Dax Shepard, Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Mae Whitman, Monica Potter, Sarah Ramos, Craig T. Nelson, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Max Burkholder, Joy Bryant, Miles Heizer, Bonnie Bedelia, and more. It was an adaptation of Ron Howard’s film from 1989, which starred Steve Martin and was headed by Martin.
The childhood of Max Braverman (Max Burkholder), who was diagnosed with autism and was the kid of Adam and Kristina Braverman, served as the focal point of a major story arc in the series (Krause and Porter). The author’s own son, Max, served as the basis for the character of Max.
Katims disclosed this information during a reunion panel that was held at the ATX Television Festival in 2022. “In the pilot episode or the first couple of episodes, there’s a storyline where he gets asked to leave the school that he is in — this literally happened to me, concurrently with writing the script,” Katims said. “I was really considering removing the tale from the pilot as well as the program altogether at one point. My first impression was that telling the tale could be inappropriate given how personal it is. After putting it away for a time, I was urged to put it back in its place.”
He went on to say that “nearly autobiographical aspects” were still being included in the storyline of the play.
At one time, it seemed as if the cast might be interested in participating in a reunion as well. Ramos first mentioned the prospect to PEOPLE in 2015, when he said: “Sincere question: who among us wouldn’t want to do that? Nobody comes to mind at the moment.”
In the meanwhile, Katims is concentrating on the new drama that he is creating for Apple TV+ called Dear Edward. The series, which is based on the book of the same name that will be published in 2020, tells the story of a little boy who is the only survivor of an aircraft disaster when he is 12 years old. The cast of the series includes all-stars, Connie Britton and Taylor Schilling.
“What happened was that I read Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, and the novel simply completely captivated me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It simply grabbed my attention, it made me feel something, and it had me thinking about it. In the end, there was no room for negotiation. It took an honest and unfiltered look at a loss “He detailed for PEOPLE the events that ultimately resulted in the production of the program. “However, the concept of what is to come was the driving force behind my creativity. That was about reinventing ourselves, seeking connection in the aftermath of this disaster, and unpredictably finding connection with a variety of individuals in a variety of ways. That was the primary factor that attracted my attention to this. In the end, I believe it is a narrative about overcoming adversity.”
Hulu presently has all six seasons of Parenthood accessible to stream, and the first episode of Dear Edward will be available to watch on Apple TV+ this coming Friday.