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Sep 26th, 2014

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May 25th, 2014

We’re in the throes of renewal season (or, for those of you “glass-half-empty” types, cancellation season). While we’ll bid adieu to a number of shows—Trophy Wife, we hardly knew ye!—even more hang in limbo.

Parenthood was one such show. The ever-growing Braverman clan has enchanted viewers with their realistic portrayals of familial relationships, but it hasn’t garnered the sizeable audience of some of its network peers, and its fate remained largely unknown up until now. Though NBC has decided we’ve only got one season left with our favorite family, we’re thrilled to have something to look forward to. In honor of its last-minute renewal, we’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons why we’re glad NBC has renewed Parenthood- one for each adult Braverman and spouse.

1. The Realistic Portrayal Of Marriage

Filling the spot left vacant by the departure of showrunner Jason Katims’ other critical darling, Friday Night Lights, Peter Krause’s Adam and Monica Potter’s Kristina are television’s best married couple. Not since FNL’s Eric “Coach” and Tammy “Mrs. Coach” Taylor has a couple so inspired viewers to be more supportive, more honest, more selfless and generally more human towards their partners. Too often do I have to remind myself these two aren’t an item in offscreen, as their raw emotion and chemistry define this dynamic duo in very real ways.

2. Dax Shepard

I’ve never liked Dax Shepard beyond his status as Kristen Bell’s sloth-providing beau, but on Parenthood, Shepard is utterly likable. Viewers have watched Shepard’s Crosby grow from a houseboat-dwelling Lothario to a true family man and the anchor of a bustling business. With a mischievous smile and a penchant for poor interpersonal skills, Crosby is the brother we’re all still desperately praying will hit adulthood.

3. The Authentic Sibling Relationship

Parenthood has, for most viewers, accomplished the unfathomable: it’s taken four notable actors and transformed them into a believable family unit. The two sisters (Lauren Graham’s aimless Sarah and Erika Christensen’s tightly wound Julia) and two brothers (Shepard and Krause) bicker and tease, but they also lend an ear, hand or word of advice whenever the other is caught in a jam. There’s a true delight in seeing the interactions between these characters, especially as they pair off. The misadventures of Adam and Crosby are particularly funny, as the latter brings out a fierce sense of competition and adventure in older, reliable Adam. It’s a true gem of a show that can transform a character as recognizable as Lorelai Gilmore into the directionless single mother, Sarah, and pair her with Ray Romano and make viewers ask, “Luke who?”

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Apr 19th, 2014

Lauren was a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show on March 20th in 2014. I added screen captures of the episode to the gallery. You can check out her interview. I only found snippets and the complete episode, which also has an interview with Barack Obama. You can go to 19.07 minutes for Lauren’s interview.

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Mar 26th, 2014

Where they will lead, we will follow…especially if it’s the big screen,

After the celebrated return of Veronica Mars in movie form, fans of many other beloved TV series are eagerly awaiting news of big screen adaptations of their beloved show. One of ‘em? The WB’s Gilmore Girls, which wrapped its seven-year run in 2007. Now, star Lauren Graham, who currently stars on NBC’s Parenthood, is sounding off on potentially taking on the role of Lorelai Gilmore, the fast-talking, witty, messy, complicated, coffee-obsessed and, obviously, perfect TV mom.

Graham’s recent Reddit AMA was, of course, packed with Gilmore Girls fans curious to know if a film version, à la Veronica Mars recent, is in the works.

But first, would Graham even want to take on the role of everyone’s favorite TV mom again in a big screen return to Stars Hollow?

“Yes, IF a movie version could be as good as we’d all want it to be, I’d love to play that character again,” Graham said.

She admitted that she “honestly” doesn’t know if there ever will be a movie, but “I appreciate how many have asked. That character was so special – I wonder what happens to her too!”

And Graham pleased Gilmore-loving fans everywhere when she gushed over her onscreen daughter, Alexis Bledel, writing, “Love her, we’ll always have a special bond. Saw her in NY not too long ago. I had a nice lunch with TV mom Kelly and Amy S.P. as well. We went to Joe Allen, one of my faves.”

A few other highlights?

What she misses most about GG: “I miss that writing, even though those long speeches could be a challenge.”

Amy Sherman-Palladino’s infamous last four words:
“If I knew, I’d tell you! I’m going to ask her next time I see her.”

Does she say “Oy with the poodles” in her daily life?:
“Probably not nearly enough. However, I have incorporated Huzzah! Into my repertoire.”

On her former roommate, Friday Night Lights and Nashville’s Connie Britton: “Connie an I moved to LA together and lived in an empty house, where all I remember us eating were Rice Krispie treats. She’s still a friend, but now we both have furniture!”

Thoughts on graham crackers:
“I’m very proud of them, and the cereal as well.”


Mar 26th, 2014

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Oct 25th, 2013

Because Parenthood is unlike anything else on television, the effect it has on viewers is equally unusual. While the goal of every show is to engender audience affection, NBC’s family drama has developed a rapport with its fans that goes beyond devotion or obsession; it offers the rare gift of inclusion. That’s why you are likely to hear Parenthood devotees talking about the show in teary terms.

The authentic performances perfectly pair with the unguarded words crafted by Jason Katims and his team to create a wholly immersive viewing experience. So we not only cry with Amber and Sarah and Kristina because Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham and Monica Potter are amazing actors (Potter’s Emmy snub will forever be one of The Academy’s most egregious errors) and we’ve come to care for the entire Braverman family, but because there is an Amber and a Sarah and a Kristina in each of our lives.

The show’s skilled implementation of emotional authenticity is unparalleled anywhere else on television and one of the reasons why I found myself crying during a recent trip to the Parenthood set. The scene — for episode 10 — was a particularly powerful one for Amber and Sarah, but you wouldn’t know it judging from the effervescent energy Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham brought to our interview, moments earlier.

ETonline: Lauren, one of the most miraculous things about Parenthood is how invested the audience is. Has that surprised you at all over the last four years?
Lauren Graham: That experience is not new to me. In fact, that’s the only way I know [laughs]. I haven’t been on a giant hit, I’ve only been on the kinds of shows where people grab you in the subway and speak to you as if you are your character. That’s all I know and I like it that way, because that’s how I am with things I love. I definitely thought this show had a chance of being that, but you just never know.

ETonline: Sarah’s had a lot of personal growth lately. What have you enjoyed about playing her this season?

Graham: It’s what I’ve wanted for a while. I connected to Sarah at the beginning because I liked the idea of someone who is down on their luck. I had played someone who was always plucky and always had an answer for a long time, so I was drawn to someone with a sadder story. Now, I’m like, “Can we just get this girl some wins?!?!” There had to be a progression, some sort of personal growth and you definitely feel it in the physical movement of simply having left the guest house. I couldn’t sleep by a jar of nails any longer. I mean, what woman wouldn’t have redecorated by that point?

ETonline: Yes, things are going great for Sarah and then Amber announces she’s getting married. Amber, what have you enjoyed about the dynamic shifts that stemmed from that development?

Whitman: It excites me a lot because of how it affects everyone. When something so huge happens in a family, it becomes a chance to explore everyone’s feelings — not only the character it’s happening to, but how everyone feels about marriage and how they feel about Amber’s life choices. My favorite thing about Parenthood is when something happens but it’s not a conflict — there’s no clear wrong or right — it’s just decisions. Because that’s life. I enjoy that Sarah doesn’t have a leg to stand on from Amber’s perspective in making it seem like her marriage is a bad idea, but then again…
Graham: Everybody hates being told “I’ve been here before and I know how to help you.”
Whitman: Exactly. And she wants to distance herself from their situation because it didn’t turn out well, but also recognizes there are a lot of similarities. It brings us together, in a way, for the first time as peers and as women. This is the first time our characters have been able to see each other that way and I love that.


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May 24th, 2013

(CNN) — Lauren Graham’s favorite “Gilmore Girls” scenes to shoot were the show’s famed Friday night dinners.

The actress was participating in a Q&A session to promote her debut novel, “Someday, Someday, Maybe” (Ballantine Books). But all anybody really wanted to talk was “Gilmore.”

“You’re all just here for the book, right?” joked Graham.

Have your dinner choices ever varied between burgers and chili cheese fries at Luke’s or takeout Kung Pao chicken (or, rather, the entire Chinese chicken column) from Al’s Pancake World? Have you ever bought meowing oven mitts at Le Chat Club? Is there a shop(pe) in your town devoted solely to twinkle lights? Ever accidentally shop(pe) lift a box of corn starch?

Scratching your head right about now? Then you’ve never lived in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

That’s right, a show that’s been off the air for nearly as long as it was on (it ran from 2000-2007) remains nestled in the hearts of fans to this day.

Although she was eager to talk about her book, Graham graciously satisfied the audience’s “Gilmore” cravings, not unlike Lorelai’s coffee addiction. Please, Lauren, please, please, please? We need our Gilmore. In a vat. Or we stop doing the standing and the walking and the words putting into sentence doing.

Graham recalled that her favorite scenes were the infamous obligation dinners at the Gilmore house (but deep down you just knew the Gilmore girls wanted to be there), particularly the ones in which Lorelai’s mother, Emily (played by Kelly Bishop) was angry with her. Graham did recall that those scenes were particularly grueling to shoot because they had to be reshot at multiple camera angles.

“And the food was always terrible,” she recalled. (Apparently, Liliana kept putting walnuts in the salad. Or Consuela put sugar on the grapefruit.)

Graham is also, like many “Gilmore” fans, partial to the Chilton years.

“I loved those earlier years,” she gushed, “the first couple years!”

Graham admitted that in the early days of filming “Gilmore,” she was too happy to have been hired for a gig to realize that Stars Hollow was something special.

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May 24th, 2013

News that Parenthood would not only be renewed for a fifth season, but a proper 22-episode fifth season, was met with applause — and naturally some tears — in the ETonline offices.

But now that it’s also been confirmed Jason Ritter’s new pilot, Us & Them co-starring Alexis Bledel, scored a pick-up at Fox, I began to wonder what was next for Sarah Braverman, played by New York Times Best-Selling Author, Lauren Graham!

Luckily I had the chance to find out, straight from the star herself, what season five might entail for Sarah when I caught up with Graham at NBC’s Fall Upfront last week! Not only did we talk about Sarah’s latest bedroom upgrade, but it turns out Lauren’s quest to snag one of Rory Gilmore’s ex-boyfriends is still very much on the agenda! Watch!

Parenthood will return Thursdays at 10 p.m. this fall on NBC.


May 18th, 2013

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham talks about her acting career and about writing her first novel. New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin talks about having a stroke nearly two years ago. Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas and a former advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, talks about how new technologies are making us re-evaluate all corners of public and private life.


May 5th, 2013

Lauren recently sat down with USA Today to discuss her new novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.

NEW YORK — The dining room at Sardi’s, the legendary Broadway restaurant, is “beautiful, with burgundy walls and little yellow shaded lamps on all the tables,” just like actress Lauren Graham describes it in her debut novel.

In a scene in “Someday, Someday, Maybe” (Ballantine), Graham’s narrator, a 26-year-old aspiring actress, finds Sardi’s menu “extravagantly expensive” and the atmosphere “intimidating.”

In real life, Graham, 46, doesn’t mention the cost of her chicken Caesar salad ($22.50) and seems at home lunching at Sardi’s. A cartoon drawing of her is on the wall, amid hundreds of other celebrity caricatures.

Graham is best known for two TV series, “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood,” yet it was her role in a 2009 Broadway revival of the musical “Guys and Dolls” — as Adelaide, the perennial fiancée — that earned her a place on Sardi’s walls. “One of those dreams,” she says, “and then, it happens.”

She’s here to talk about her novel, which is about the improbable dreams of making it as an actor. Graham began writing it two years ago, after finding herself “with the time and room to do something else.” She had neither during her breakout role as a hip mom in “Gilmore Girls.” “That really launched my career,” she says, “but the hours were just insane, 12, 14 hours, day after day.”

The just-renewed “Parenthood,” in which she plays a divorced mom of two who moves back in with her parents, is less demanding. “It’s more of an ensemble. I work maybe three days a week.”

Set in 1995, Graham’s novel traces a year in the life of Franny Banks, who’s funny but insecure. Graham calls it a “girly book” that will appeal more to women than men. “It’s about emotions and there’s no sports, to cite a cliché.”

Graham says her novel is only loosely based on her own career. Like her narrator, Graham waitressed in a comedy club and shared a Brooklyn apartment.

She now “lives wherever I’m working,” but has an apartment in Manhattan and a house in Los Angeles she shares with her boyfriend, actor Peter Krause, who plays her older brother in “Parenthood.”

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