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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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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
to be honest, i'm not sure that this type of show will succeed given what we're used to seeing lately, but maybe since it's nothing new, it's something that could fly. we'll just have to wait and see how it's promoted and how the viewers take hold.
linds1019 linds1019 8 years
I love the 80s and love this movie. I'm totally against it being turned into a tv show.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I love the look back to the 80s, but this seems doomed from the start.
emalove emalove 8 years
I doubt it will too...I love all things 80s, but this isn't appealing to me.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Parenthood again? They tried that as a tv show once before. Leonardo DiCaprio had Joaquin (Leaf) Pheonix's part. Didn't last then and I doubt it will last now.
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