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Parenthood with Lauren Graham on NBC

post #1 of 132
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IMHO, Lauren Graham is one of the best actresses of our time. I really enjoyed her work on Gilmore Girls. She is starring in the upcoming NBC series Parenhood, starting Tuesday March 2nd. Enjoy.
post #2 of 132
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Here is the original posting about this show from back in December 2009 in the HOTP thread. Note that the air date of the premeir has changed since then.

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Originally Posted by fredfa View Post

This may interest those who enjoyed Lauren Graham in "Gilmore Girls"....

TV Notes
NBC Sets Parenthood Debut for March 1

(NBCU News Release)

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - December 14, 2009 --- NBC revealed its mid-season and post-Winter Olympics schedule today as the new drama "Parenthood" debuts Monday, March 1 (9-10 p.m. ET) while "The Marriage Ref," a hilarious comedy panel series from Jerry Seinfeld about marriage, premieres on Sundays (8-9 p.m. ET) beginning March 14.

In addition, "The Celebrity Apprentice" returns in its third installment with an all-star lineup of celebrity candidates on Sunday, March 14 (9-11 p.m. ET). Likewise, the ninth edition of the popular "The Biggest Loser" kicks off on Tuesday, January 5 (8-10 p.m. ET) with 11 family teams of two ready to transform their bodies, their health and ultimately their lives. Other January programming includes "The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards" hosted by Ricky Gervais on Sunday, January 17 (8-11 p.m. ET) and "The AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships" on Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24 (9-11 p.m. ET).

"Parenthood," from Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer along with fellow executive producers Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") and David Nevins, is inspired by the box-office hit of the same name and features a star-studded cast. The series assumes the Monday (9-10 p.m. ET) time slot beginning March 1 following the season finale of "Heroes" on Monday, February 8 and NBC Universal's exclusive coverage of the Winter Olympics from February 12-28. "Chuck," as previously announced, will return with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, January 10 (9-11 p.m. ET) before moving to its regular day and time Monday, January 11 (8-9 p.m. ET).
post #3 of 132
Lauren is good, but I'm gonna watch the show because of Mae Whitman. Past 10+ years I've liked her in just about everything I've seen her in. State of grace, in treatment, theif, arrested development, Chicago Hope, etc.
post #4 of 132
If anyone doesn't know, Graham was the late cast change for Maura Tierney who had to pull out to deal with her breast cancer treatment.
post #5 of 132
I too think that she is a good actress. My wife loved her in Gilmore Girls, until the last season that is. Hopefully the writing on this show is as strong as the first six seasons of Gilmore Girls. In my wife's opinion, she became a very unlikable charactor in season seven.
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So did anyone else watch the tonight? What'd you think?

After NBC over-hyping it during the olympics, I decided to check it out. The previews actually looked alright to me, and I thought the show was pretty decent. Some humor, but serious enough to be interesting. They didn't seem to go too much into the back story of all of the family members, but I assume we'll find out more about them as the series continues.
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So did anyone else watch the tonight? What'd you think?

After NBC over-hyping it during the olympics, I decided to check it out. The previews actually looked alright to me, and I thought the show was pretty decent. Some humor, but serious enough to be interesting. They didn't seem to go too much into the back story of all of the family members, but I assume we'll find out more about them as the series continues.

I liked it, very strong cast. I hope it makes it. I'll definitely give it a shot.
post #8 of 132
On record awaiting viewing. All the trailers seemed to suggest that the pilot was a run through of the original movie. How much of the original stories did they use?

On another note, the pilot episode is repeated on Sat. 8pm NBC.
post #9 of 132
I wasn't too impressed. Seems to just be a way to combat Modern Family, which I find way better
post #10 of 132
I thought it was terrible. But I don't think I'm the target audience.
post #11 of 132
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Originally Posted by xcrunner529 View Post

I wasn't too impressed. Seems to just be a way to combat Modern Family, which I find way better

I'm not sure about this. Modern family is much more of a comedy than this show was. This seemed to be a light drama.
post #12 of 132
I really wanted to like it, (I loved the original movie) but the show left me strangely uninvolved. My wife and I were talking about it; certainly the fact that our children are grown could be contributing factor, but I don't know. Maybe the casting? Peter Krause is excellent, but I may not be ready to identify him with yet ANOTHER character (number four, I believe.)

Also, the writing seemed a little forced and contrived. My extended family would have never dropped everything to watch my son play a little league game. The other kids all seemed sullen and bratty, then redeem themselves. Too pat. The irresponsible brother forced to grow up. Really? Modern Family does a much better job.
post #13 of 132
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Originally Posted by Mentalist5.1 View Post

I thought it was terrible. But I don't think I'm the target audience.

why? who is the target audience? I've recorded the show but haven't watched it yet.
post #14 of 132
I get that people like Lauren Graham, but she's completely wrong for this. Maura Tierney would have been so much better. Overall disappointed in this show. Wont give it another DVR chance. I might hulu the next ep or two.
post #15 of 132
Is it really a serial remake of the movie of the same name? I can't imagine them ever doing the "candle" bit on TV.
post #16 of 132
I'll have to look, but I think I still have some of the 1990's version of the series on VHS.
post #17 of 132
I enjoyed the premier, although admittedly, I have yet to dislike anything I have seen Peter Krause do.
post #18 of 132
My wife and I both really liked it a lot. Definitely more drama than comedy, but I don't have a problem with that. I look forward to seeing the characters develop.
post #19 of 132
All I could think of while watching was Brothers and Sisters... way over the top family drama. I was expecting something more Modern Family-like.
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Originally Posted by elee532 View Post

All I could think of while watching was Brothers and Sisters... way over the top family drama. I was expecting something more Modern Family-like.

Funny, I said the same exact thing to my wife while we started watching the show. The dinner scene outside with the whole family really screamed Brothers and Sisters to me (just swap Craig T. Nelson for Sally Field...). And I can't stand Brothers and Sisters anymore, so not sure if I'll be able to stand this show. I may not have given it a real chance though.
post #21 of 132
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Originally Posted by jandron View Post

I really wanted to like it, (I loved the original movie) but the show left me strangely uninvolved. ... Maybe the casting?

Also, the writing seemed a little forced and contrived. ... The other kids all seemed sullen and bratty, then redeem themselves. Too pat. The irresponsible brother forced to grow up. Really? Modern Family does a much better job.

I agree with all of these points. I did not like a single character and I'm pretty sure it's due to the casting.

I don't know why, but like many people on this thread, I was pining for an episode of Modern Family (along with Parenthood the film).

I had high hopes for this series and they were all dashed. Goodbye.
post #22 of 132
Agree with all of the above. I watched 40 minutes of it and promptly deleted it off my series recording. Not a fan.
post #23 of 132
It's only been the first episode so I'll continue to watch a few more, but after all the buildup spanning almost a year for this show I can say I was very underwhelmed.
post #24 of 132
Well, I think tonight's episode kind of pulled things together for me. The pilot was OK, nothing outstanding, but the second episode felt more cohesive. There are a lot of characters on the board and it will be interesting to see how they use them.
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NBC Renews 'Parenthood'

Mid-season drama averaging 7.8 million viewers, 3.2 18-49 rating

By Marisa Guthrie -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/20/2010 2:34:28 PM

NBC has renewed mid-season drama Parenthood for a second season, the network announced April 20.

So far this season, the drama is averaging 7.8 million viewers with a 3.2 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen. The show has held its own against CBS' The Good Wife on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.

"We are so happy to welcome back this multi-layered and compelling series about an extended American family for another season," Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment and NBC and Universal Media Studios, said in a statement. "It's gratifying that Parenthood continues to garner critical acclaim and is generating highly positive reaction from viewers, thanks to the fearless creativity of its producers and the extraordinary performances delivered by its ensemble cast."

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...arenthood_.php
post #26 of 132
Really glad to see this renewed.

It gets better each week.
post #27 of 132
I'm glad to hear this too. My wife and I have really been liking this show.
post #28 of 132
The second episode was so depressing, I thought the message was "Do Not Have Kids". But, obviously, they were setting up the conflicts. This is a wonderfully compelling show with a perfect ensemble.
post #29 of 132
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Originally Posted by Alan G. View Post

This is a wonderfully compelling show with a perfect ensemble.

Yes, it is a great ensemble. It actually irks me that the title of this thread just specifically mentions Lauren Graham, like it's her show, and sort of ignores the contributions of the likes of Peter Krause, Dax Shepard, Craig T. Nelson, etc.
post #30 of 132
Does your team work for the "Parenthood" show vfxproducer? On the old "Heroes" thread you mentioned you and your team worked on a lot of shows. Is "Parenthood" one of them?
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