Paleyfest 2013 Report #2: Parenthood

12 Mar

On Thursday, I headed back to the Saban Theater for the Parenthood paleyfest panel. I managed to avoid the tall people this time, but I was still thwarted in my unobstructed photo attempts by a stupid water bottle on the stupid ledge of the stupid balcony. Seriously people, if you have a ledge in front of you, do not use said ledge for your tall items. They will get in people’s photos. And those people will not be happy about it. Sigh. ANYWAY.

Hilariously, the ushers handed out tissue packs along with the programs. “No really, they said this would be a tearjerker tonight. You’ll need them,” the usher said solemnly after we laughed when he offered them to us. And so, tissues in hand, we went in and found seats. The clip from the archives was from the original movie Parenthood and featured an adorable tiny Leonardo Di Caprio. Then they showed the episode “There’s Something I Need to Tell You,” the one where Kristina tells everyone about her breast cancer. I did not use my tissues, but there were a lot of people around me who did. Respect, people who let themselves cry in public.

After the screening, the cast came out to start the panel. The only season 5 related thing they mentioned was that there would most likely be a season 5, so no spoilers here.

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What a blurry and attentive cast

Tidbits from the panel:

  • Jason Ritter is going to be on a new show. His love interest on this new show will be played by Alexis Bledel. Lauren Graham compared the situation of having her former TV daughter be the love interest of her former (/future I HOPE) TV love interest to a crossover episode between Happy Days and ER, which I think is a good way to sum up how incredibly weird this is. Lauren also said that she thinks it’s only fair that Rory’s old love interests come on Parenthood. Sarah/Dean 5eva!
  • Dax Shephard wins the class clown award. He was just jokejokejoke all night long. Also, he is really not interested in the new Jasmine/Crosby baby. At all.

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    Look at those mischievous smiles

  • Jason Katims was asked if more Friday Night Lights alums would appear on the show, and Mae Whitman coughed, “Tim Riggins!” And with that, Mae Whitman became my new favorite person.
  • Speaking of FNL alums, Matt Lauria wasn’t originally intended to be on the show for so long. Jason said that if he’s on next season depends on his availability, but Mae assured us all that he would be available.
  • The cast members all have matching necklaces, including Jason Ritter. So basically this means Mark can’t be gone for good, right? Right?!
  • There is a Parenthood drinking game, and Monica Potter plays it.
  • If you stand up during the audience Q&A to give Lauren Graham flowers, she will hug you.

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    It’s not blurry; it’s an action shot!

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    I like this picture because out of context it makes it look like everyone is really upset that they did not also get flowers

  • The audience Q&A was seriously like a group therapy session. It got real deep, real quick. There was not only a breast cancer survivor who also has an autistic child, but also a gay man who talked about how hard it was coming out to his parents and asked if there will be a gay character on Parenthood (answer: maybe possibly one day, but not one of the existing characters).

After the slightly intense Q&A, the mad rush for autographs began again. This time I stayed out of it, and instead went around back to wait for everyone to come out. It was me and my friend, a handful of other fans, and some paparazzi/scalper type people, which made for some interesting conversations to overhear. Alas, I was once again thwarted in my autograph attempts – first Lauren Graham came out and was rushed right into her waiting car, and then another group of the cast came out and followed suit. One day, Lauren Graham. One day!

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Bonus picture of Joel because his absence from this post would be a tragedy and a travesty

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