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NBC Hurtles Into the '80s with Parenthood TV Series

NBC Hurtles Into the '80s with Parenthood TV Series


Parenthood — yes, as in the 1989 Steve Martin movie about a crazy extended family — is getting the TV treatment, courtesy of NBC. The network has ordered a pilot for a dramedy series based on the film, from Friday Night Lights executive producer Jason Katims.

It's the second '80s-themed show the network's ordered so far this pilot season: It also has a Wonder Years-meets-The Ice Storm show called Lost in the '80s. It's also the second time NBC has tried to adapt the movie: The network previously turned it into a short-lived 1990 comedy series starring Ed Begley Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, and Thora Birch (I know!).

There aren't any details right now about who would play this TV version of Gil Buckman (one of my all-time favorite movie dads) or how much the series would differ from the movie this time around. Hmmm, do I smell a Recast challenge?

Do you think Parenthood could work as an hourlong dramedy? And with NBC losing an hour of primetime each night to Jay Leno's new show, do you think the network should order both this and Lost in the '80s and make one night be '80s night?

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