‘Parenthood’: What’s Next for the Show’s Stars?
After six seasons, Parenthood will soon be coming to an official close. Fans of the family-themed NBC show will bid a bittersweet goodbye to the Braverman family on the series finale, airing later this month. But that won’t be the last you see of Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Dax Shepard, and some of the show’s others stars. Several members of the Parenthood cast already have new projects in the works.
Graham is continuing her relationship with NBC, leading a new half-hour vehicle for the network. Entitled Kate on Later, the comedy series will be co-written by Graham and Liz Tuccillo (He’s Just Not That Into You), both of whom are also executive producing alongside daytime talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. Graham will play Kate, a woman who thought her day job was all her life would ever amount to – until a huge opportunity suddenly arrives. The job is more than she could’ve ever dreamed of, but taking it means she’s going to have to break one of the last remaining glass ceilings: the world of late-night network TV talk shows.
Off screen, the actress is also reportedly working on another book. It will reportedly be a sequel to her debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, which was published in 2013 and picked up for a pilot on the CW that failed to ever make it to air.
Graham’s co-star (and real-life boyfriend), Krause, is also reportedly looking to stay in the world of TV. Though actor has no official project in the works as of now, he did recently reveal that he met with Aaron Sorkin (whom he teamed with on 1998’s Sports Night). As Krause explained to Yahoo!, the two discussed an idea “for a show which would eat my life,” although he’s still unsure if he wants to pursue it.
Shepard, who plays Crosby Braverman on Parenthood, is shifting his attention to film. Warner Bros. has set the actor to write, direct and star in the big screen version of the former TV cop series CHiPs, which originally ran from 1977 to 1983. Shepard will play Officer Jon Baker (played in the show by Larry Wilcox), while Michael Pena is attached to play Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (a role originated by Erik Estrada).
Meanwhile, Monica Potter, who plays Kristina Braverman on the show, is also developing an untitled half-hour comedy with NBC and Ellen Degeneres’s production company. Per the Cleveland News-Herald, the draft for a potential pilot is still undergoing revisions, but Potter is reportedly set to star as a woman who is living with her three ex-husbands and all of their kids. If the series moves forward, the actress will also serve as an executive producer on the show.
Other Parenthood cast members are set to appear on the big screen in the coming months. Craig T. Nelson, who plays Zeek on the series, will appear in the upcoming Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy, Get Hard, due out on March 27. Meanwhile, Mae Whitman, known on the show as Ambert Holt, will star alongside Bella Thorne in the film adaptation of the YA novel The Duff. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on February 20.
The Parenthood series finale will air on January 29 on NBC.