Warning: Do not read this if you have not watched tonight’s episode of Parenthood.
Prior to the final act of Tuesday night’s Parenthood, life was a mix of the typical drama we see in the Braverman household — Kristina (Monica Potter) missed Haddie (Sarah Ramos), Max (Max Burkholder) became consumed with getting a puppy, and Adam (Peter Kraus) wondered if the family could handle a new furry addition. Then, as if an empty mention, Kristina said she’d be late to the family’s puppy-buying appointment because she had an appointment of her own at the doctor’s office. Minutes later, she found out she had breast cancer.
In the upcoming weeks, as Parenthood continues its fourth season, creator Jason Katims says Kristina and Adam will find themselves navigating one of life’s greatest hardships. “Breast cancer is such a prevalent thing and many people have gone through it,” says Katims, whose wife is a breast cancer survivor and has been cancer-free for two years. “It’s something that’s very personal to me, and I thought it was a story that we could tell because of what the show is and because of these wonderful actors involved in doing the show.”
And it’s a challenge Monica Potter was more than ready to tackle, as well. In fact, she coincidentally pitched the story at the same time he and the writers were fleshing it out themselves. “That emboldened me because I felt like this was the type of story she was excited to take on and eager to take on. And, so far, in watching the first few episodes in which we have been dealing with this storyline, her work has been amazing, which doesn’t surprise me at all,” he says. “So I’m very excited about the possibilities for this story.” READ FULL STORY