Jason Ritter returns to 'Parenthood,' plus his very own show!

First, let us say, if you haven't seen NBC's "Parenthood," we highly recommend that you catch up before Season 3 premieres on Sept. 13. The show is, more or less, perfect. We're completely in love with every character, every episode makes us cry, and we just really want the Bravermans to adopt us as soon as possible.Okay, now that we've completed our gush-fest, we've got great news for those of you who are already "Parenthood" fans -- and those of you who will be, soon. Jason Ritter is coming back! The actor was featured heavily in the first season as Lauren Graham's love interest, and Mae Whitman's teacher. He left the show for a starring role on "The Event," but when that didn't exactly work out, he did make a brief return in Season 2.TVLine reports that Ritter will be back for multiple episodes early in Season 3. But wait! It gets better.Ritter has signed...

Parenthood Season 3 Spoilers: Five Things to Watch

Parenthood returns September 13, NBC announced yesterday (see full list of NBC premiere dates). What Braverman family drama awaits when the third season kicks off? Here are five teasers from TV Line and recent casting calls:

NBC Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

NBC has unveiled its new fall schedule and it kicks off with football ... if there's a season! The new scripted shows begin Tues., Sept. 13 with 'Parenthood.' New comedies 'Up All Night' (starring Will Arnet and Christina Applegate, right) and 'Free Agents' premiere after the 'America's Got Talent' finale on Wed., Sept. 14. 'The Playboy Club' bows Mon., Sept. 19. NBC's Thursday night comedy heavy-hitters return on Sept. 22 with new addition 'Whitney.' 'Prime Suspect' anchors Thursday nights. Fan favorite 'Chuck' moves to Fridays at 8PM on Oct. 21. Look for Tina Fey's '30 Rock,' 'Awake,' 'Smash' and more mid-season. Check out the full schedule below!

Parenthood Season 3 Spoilers: Baby Drama to Come!

Warning: major drama is ahead for the Bravermans this fall. Granted, this is nothing new on Parenthood . But the issues at the heart of season three will center around impending babies, as Julia and Joel decided to adopt to close out season three, while Adam and Kristina received news that they're expecting. Read More...

Parenthood Season 3: "Heartbreaking" Baby Drama Ahead for the Bravermans

Brace yourself, Parenthood fans. The Braverman clan is about to expand. Twice. In the second season finale, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) set their sights on adoption just as Kristina (Monica Potter) and Adam (Peter Krause) got the surprising news about baby No. 3. The two new additions are certainly cause for celebration, but after Julia and Joel tried unsuccessfully for months to have a child of their own, Kristina's unplanned pregnancy will be a tough pill to swallow. "Adoption can be quite a process, and then at the same time, Kristina having gotten pregnant, that's heartbreaking for me to think about Julia finding out...

'Parenthood,' 'Harry's Law' both renewed at NBC

Just after deciding on three new dramas to join its line-up, NBC has handed out renewals for sophomore drama "Parenthood" and freshman mid-season replacement "Harry's Law." Deadline reports the network gave word to both series, which were sweating it out on "bubble" status. That's not to say "Parenthood" and "Harry's Law" haven't enjoyed solid ratings -- just not the kind of numbers that would have guaranteed them a renewal. Still waiting for renewal news is "Chuck," which is currently in its fourth season....

Chuck and Parenthood: Renewed!

Sources tell TV Line that both Chuck and Parenthood will return next season, the former with a 13-episode order and the latter with a 22-episode pick-up. This is tremendous news, as it's comforting to know the "Cliffhanger" in the Chuck season finale title won't apply to that show's status for 2011-2012. Among new shows also picked up by NBC: Smash , a Steven Spielberg-produced musical drama that stars Debra Messing. Sitcoms that feature Whitney Cummings, Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. A remake of the British drama Prime Suspect starring Maria Bello.

Parenthood Season Three Spoilers: Producer on Possible Time Jump, Kristina's Pregnancy & More

After an emotional Parentood season finale, it's time to look ahead to next season. Executive producer Jason Katims has a lot to talk about, such as whether Alex will be back next fall, whether Crosby and Jasmine actually reconciled, why he decided to make Kristina pregnant (and sort of gave it away in promos) and more. Here are some excerpts from a recent interview Katims did with TV Line ... On whether Jasmine and Crosby reconciled : “I wouldn’t assume that. They were finally talking - and I think we definitely earned that after Crosby spent so many episodes just trying to have a conversation with the woman." "[But] I don’t think that conversation necessarily leads to fixing all the problems that they have. The verdict is out in terms of where they are when we pick up with them next.” On a time jump on next season's premiere : “My instinct is there would be one. We would [pick up] in the fall and follow the calendar year, so it’s the same time of year as people are watching. But I'm open to not having as big of a time jump too.” On Michael B. Jordan's future as Alex : “It’s a little too early to know that. It’s also pretty challenging to do that because we already have such a big cast." "We have 15 series regulars, more than most shows. But I love Michael. He’s such a great addition to the show and I would like to continue to write for that relationship." "Once we get picked up we’ll need to find out what his schedule is and go from there.” On Kristina's pregnancy : “It was so out of the blue - that’s what I liked about it.” On the revealing promo: “I had mixed feelings about that. Normally I don’t mind teasing things. I don’t think it ruins the viewing experience. But while it didn’t give away who was pregnant, it made you ask the question.” “It seemed to get people talking, and if it helps boost our ratings that's good.”

Parenthood: What Do You Hope Happens in (a Possible) Season Three?

Now that Parenthood has wrapped up its mostly good second season with a mostly good season finale (that could have easily been a series finale), the time for hand wringing is upon us, ladies and gentlemen. We’re about a month from NBC’s upfront presentation, a time when they (along with the other networks in separate presentations that week) will announce their fall line-up, and we’ve yet to hear whether the little family drama that could will get a chance to break our hearts some more come September. The ratings have been stable enough for me to lean toward thinking Parenthood will get renewed (the finale ratings were awesome, for those who were wondering), so in honor of a possible third season, I think we should go over our hopes (at least a few of ‘em) for the upcoming batch of episodes. Read More...

TV ratings: 'Glee' returns low, 'Parenthood' finale up, 'Body of Proof' steady Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 19, 2011The return of "Glee" after a month of repeats came in below its season average, although it was still Tuesday's top show in the adults 18-49 demographic. Elsewhere, "Parenthood" ended its season on an up note for NBC and "Body of Proof" stayed consistent for ABC, but CBS led the night in viewers.The Eye averaged 11.2 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/11 share in households in primetime, edging out ABC (10.7 million, 7.2/11) for the top spot. FOX (7.1 million, 4.3/6) came in third. NBC took fourth with 6.5 million viewers and a 4.4/7, while the return of The CW's Tuesday lineup brought in 1.3 million people and a 0.9/1.FOX finished on top among adults 18-49 with a 2.8 rating. NBC grabbed second in the demo with a 2.4, beating CBS' 2.2 and ABC's 2.1. The CW was well off the pace with a 0.6....