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'About a Boy' to stage 'Parenthood' crossover

Parenthood’s Dax Shepard is going to visit NBC’s About a Boy — but don’t call it a guest spot.

In fact, Jason Katims, who executive produces both shows, says the cameo will be as under the radar as About a Boy star David Walton’s appearance on Parenthood last week, in which Walton’s character was a part of a poker game hosted by Shepard’s character. “The one that aired on Parenthood was so subtle because people don’t know [About a Boy] yet, but I kinda liked that — not say anything about it and putting it out there,” Katims said. “When Dax comes on to About a Boy it will be very different. It’s going to be a cameo. It won’t be what the episode is going to be about. We’re doing it in ways that feel real and organic to the shows.”

About a Boy, a half-hour comedy based on the book by Nick Hornby, premieres Feb. 22 after the Olympics. The crossover episode of Boy, which Katims predicted would be the only one to take place this season, does not yet have an airdate.

“I’ve never done anything like that before,” Katims said, ‘it seemed like a natural thing to do.”

The art of The Crossover is one NBC seems to be favoring these days. Chicago Fire and spin-off Chicago P.D. have shared characters in the past and will stage what executive producer Dick Wolf described during a panel at the Television Critics Association on Sunday as “a major crossover at the end of the season” that will involve both full casts. And Chicago P.D.’s Sophia Bush will head to Law and Order: SVU (another Wolf show) in an upcoming episode to work with Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia as well. “We’re looking at all aspects of this as to how all these shows can cross-pollinate each other,” Wolf said.

Here’s the trailer for About a Boy, starring Walton, Minnie Driver and Benjamin Stockham: READ FULL STORY

'Sleepy Hollow,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Revolution,' 'Supernatural': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Heaps of HIMYM scoop, Sleepy questions answered, and the next phase of Revolution — all that and more in this all-new Spoiler Room!

Send questions for my next installment to: spoilerroom@ew.com
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John Corbett to reprise role on 'Parenthood'

For Parenthood‘s Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham), the ghosts of exes’ past will continue to reappear with the return of John Corbett. TV Guide reports that Corbett is slated to reprise his role as Seth Holt, Sarah’s ex-husband and Amber (Mae Whitman) and Drew (Miles Heizer)’s father, in an upcoming episode of the NBC dramedy. According to TV Guide, he will appear on episode 13, where Amber unexpectedly visits the restaurant in which he works and causes a scene with a fellow customer. Amber has been going through a tough time recently as her fiancé, Iraq War vet Ryan (Matt Lauria) was arrested for starting a fight with her colleague.

The last time audiences saw Seth was back in season 3, when he turned his life around and reconnected with Sarah and his children. A longtime drug addict and alcoholic, Seth, a musician, spent most of Amber and Drew’s childhood out of the picture as Sarah raised the kids largely on her own. Most recently, he left Berkeley, where the series is set, to start a new life in Tahoe, away from music and drugs.
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Jason Ritter to return to 'Parenthood'

Just last night, Parenthood‘s Sarah Braverman was telling her father that she didn’t need a man. However, that doesn’t mean that her life is completely void of men, especially when it comes to exes.

Sarah often runs into Hank, the man she chose in last year’s finale, at his local photo studio. And now, EW has confirmed that Jason Ritter, who plays Sarah’s ex-fiance Mark Cyr (a.k.a. the man she didn’t choose), is planning a trip back to town this spring. READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood' premiere first look: Hank's back ... and teaming up with Max? -- VIDEO

The Bravermans are back! Well, they will be on Sept. 26. But for now, we’ve got a glimpse into what life is like at Adam and Kristina’s house in season five. Hint: It’s just as chaotic as ever.

For one, Kristina is cancer-free — Yay! — but it doesn’t look like she’ll be getting a lot of time to rest. Now that baby Nora is walking, she’s not so easy to keep up with, and on top of that, Max appears to have found a new, very invasive hobby: Photography. According to Max, Hank’s — yes, that Hank — photography studio is within his walking “radius,” so he stopped by and hung out with Sarah’s ex for one hour and 41 minutes, during which Hank told him he needed to start taking pictures of people. Ten-thousand pictures to be exact. And why? Because if Max continues only taking pictures of bugs and lizards Hank “says I’ll end up poor and homeless.” Isn’t it wonderful how nothing has changed? More importantly, does this mean Hank will try and get Sarah back?!

Watch a scene from the Parenthood season five premiere below: READ FULL STORY

Lauren Graham's pick to star in TV adaptation of her novel? Mae Whitman

Gilmore Girls fans were thrilled when EW learned Lauren Graham’s novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe was in development at The CW as a one-hour drama.

The story, about a young woman with six months left on her three-year plan to make a career as an actress in New York City, seems a perfect fit for the network. And now more exciting news: Graham’s Parenthood co-star (and — Her? — Arrested Development fan favorite!) Mae Whitman read for the lead role.

“I brought Mae [Whitman] in to perform for the network,” Graham shared with EW. “I didn’t want people to think, she’s you but she’s not you. She is a muse for me, but she has a job and I would never – nor can I – pull her from that job. We’re all here at Parenthood through next year. It’s not at all up to me – but she is exactly the kind of person I would picture in that she is unique and talented.” READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood' scoop: 'Lost' actress joins season 5

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Parenthood is adding to its cast for season 5. Lost actress Sonya Walger is joining the show in a recurring role next season.

She’ll play Meredith, a single and sexy architect who is working with Joel (Sam Jaeger) on a two-year project. Except she makes Julia (Erika Christensen) feel self-conscious about being a stay-at-home mom and she sees her as a threat.

Since playing Penelope “Penny” Widmore on ABC’s Lost, Walger has had roles on ABC’s FlashForward, HBO’s In Treatment and USA’s Common Law.

In addition, Matt Lauria, who plays Army vet Ryan on the show, is returning for Parenthood‘s new season. The show returns this fall on a new night and time — Thursdays at 10 p.m.

'Grimm,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Downton Abbey': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy early Fourth of July, friends.

It’s that time of the week again! But before you dive in, a reminder to keep sending in those questions. (Spoilerroom@ew.com) Also, watch my Twitter for some fun announcements about a few Comic-Con panels I’ll be moderating this year and for more on EW’s overall plans for the four-day festival of frantic fun.  READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Monica Potter on Kristina's tough year on 'Parenthood'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Monica Potter brought TV viewers to tears every week this season on Parenthood as super-mom Kristina Braverman battled breast cancer that nearly took her life.

We’ve said it once, twice and 10 times over: Potter gave a performance that’s worth its weight in Emmy gold. So it’s only fitting that we hopped on the phone with her as part of our continued coverage leading up to nominations to dissect all those gut-wrenching scenes.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You were really the center of the storm this season. And I know you had your own personal breast cancer scare and Jason Katims’ wife is a survivor. What surprised you about how the whole story line was approached?
POTTER: You know, I feel like we didn’t talk about it too much. I don’t think I talked to Kathy — maybe just once about it. We just came in every day and tackled the scenes and let it happen naturally. That, to me, was such a learning experience because I don’t normally do that with the show — or anything I do. I’m always on it too much. I’m trying to figure out what’s going to happen next and analyzing things, and this year, I didn’t do that at all. We just sort of let things happen as we went along. And for me, it was the best way to approach it.
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Lauren Graham novel being adapted for TV

Lauren Graham’s debut novel is getting adapted for TV.

EW has confirmed a Deadline report that the Parenthood actress’ book, Someday, Someday, Maybe, which was released earlier this year, is in the early stages of development, with Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. TV set to produce.

Graham will pen the script and executive produce the hour-long drama, which is about a young woman with six months left on her three-year plan to have a career as an actress in New York City.

Read more:
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PaleyFest 2013: 'Parenthood' cast talks a fifth season, tears, and ... Tim Riggins?

Last night, the minds and bodies behind the great Braverman clan took to the stage at PaleyFest to discuss everything from a potential season five to the reason why Mark and Sarah will never work (Hint: Jason Ritter is moving to a new show, where he’s dating Lauren Graham’s one-time TV daughter, Alexis Bledel).

Parenthood actors Craig T. Nelson, Max Burkholder, Miles Heizer, Mae Whitman, Sam Jaeger, Erika Christensen, Joy Bryant, Dax Shepard, Lauren Graham, Jason Ritter, Monica Potter, and Peter Krause joined executive producer Jason Katims for an hour-long conversation about the story lines that made us cry our eyes out for all of season four. Here are 10 things we learned: READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood': 'Once' star Glen Hansard to guest -- EXCLUSIVE

Here’s some news that will be music to the ears of Parenthood viewers: Glen Hansard is guest-starring as himself on an upcoming episode of the NBC drama. The Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and star of Once will use the Luncheonette to record a few tracks. Hosting another famous musician at the studio poses problems for Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby (Dax Shepard), as they are engaged in a legal battle with their ill-tempered neighbor, who is less than thrilled with all of the activity going on next door. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Fringe,' 'Supernatural,' 'Gossip Girl': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s October!! Holy muffins. How did that happen?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks on my end. First, there was the Emmys, immediately followed by a series of set visits in Vancouver that sucked the life out of me in the best way possible. Now I’m back in New York, fall is in full swing, new shows are beginning to stick (and others, not so much), and hopefully we’re all enjoying having DVRs full of goodness. I know I am.

So let’s get to it. Remember to be sending me your scoop requests (spoilerroom@ew.com) and follow me on Twitter for witty commentary and TV news. Also, if you’re emailing, take a second to tell me your favorite new show of the fall. This is an informal poll, but I’m really curious what scoop you might be craving in the near future. Time for some dish. Nom. Nom. Nom.

‘FRINGE': FOUR TEASES FROM THE SET
There’s no place as wonderfully warm and weird as the set of Fringe. A few journos and I had the pleasure of visiting the gang in Vancouver last week, and when I wasn’t handing out EWwy awards, I was gathering some fun little intel for fans of the mind-bending cult fave. (If you haven’t read the post-mortem from Friday, head here.) READ FULL STORY

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