Parenthood is about to get even more interesting next fall, as veteran TV star Ray Romano has signed on to do a multiple episode arc on the NBC dramedy. Some of you may be wondering if the former star of Everybody Loves Raymond has the acting chops to handle the sometimes very dramatic material presented on the series. Those of you wondering that have obviously not checked out the short-lived TNT drama Men Of A Certain Age. While it only ran for two seasons, the show and its lead actors (Romano, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula) all received critical raves.
So, with both comedic and dramatic success under his belt, Romano may just be a perfect fit for a show like Parenthood that often balances both genres. Romano's character (who will be introduced in the fourth season premiere) is a photographer who begins a friendship (and possibly more?) with Lauren Graham's character of Sarah Tracey Braverman.
Viewers will remember that Sarah had recently rekindled her relationship with Mark Cyr (Jason Ritter) before the end of last season. Unfortunately, Ritter had previously committed to a pilot elsewhere, and the long term prospects for the two characters' relationship didn't look good.
Fortunately for Parenthood fans, Ritter's show wasn't picked up, and it looks he's a go to return for the fall. Showrunner Jason Katims confirmed Ritter's return, but the number of episodes he'll appear in isn't set in stone yet - "We love Jason Ritter so much and love the dynamic so much between he and Lauren, it’s definitely something we want to write to. I think it’s always a question of working around his availability, so we’re not sure how many episodes he’s going to be in. But we’re hoping he’ll be much of the season, if possible. We always have to stay somewhat flexible."
The reason I wondered above if the Romano and Graham relationship will get more than friendly is that his character is explicitly stated to end up "complicating" the relationship between Sarah and Mark. Love triangle anyone? Although that would be quite the May-December-January relationship, considering Romano is 54, Graham is 45, and Ritter is 32.
Are you happy that Ray Romano will be visiting the Bravermans? Is Jason Ritter returning a good thing?