What a difference six months makes.
When we last saw the Braverman clan, Adam had just lost his job and found out he and Kristina would be gaining another child. Amber was reeling over not getting into Berkeley, the only school she applied to. Crosby bought a house, hoping to get back together with Jasmine after doing everything he possibly could to mess up that relationship; Julia and Joel decided to try to adopt; and Sarah was making some progress getting a play written and produced.
At the beginning of "Parenthood's" third season, it's another crazy morning for the Bravermans. Kristina is obviously pregnant and apparently no longer a stay-at-home mom. She's the one dressed in office-wear, while Adam is in his robe making breakfast for the kids. Adam needs a job. Or a therapist.
NBC, which has struggled in recent years to find consistent hits in primetime, is placing its bets on the musical genre for the 2011-12 season.
The network released a primetime schedule Sunday that's heavy on music-based series, both scripted and unscripted.
"The Sing-Off," the a capella competition which had success in limited runs the past two Decembers, will air weekly on Monday nights this fall. The network's hit show "The Voice" will take over the "Sing-Off" slot during the midseason.
Friday saw the cancellation of several shows on ABC and NBC, following Tuesday's string of Fox shows which got the TV equivalent of a pink slip.
One "on the bubble" show, "Brothers and Sisters," starring Calista Flockhart and Sally Field, was denied a sixth season, while many of the rest were shows that had started since this past fall.
For example, one of the highest profile new series of the season, NBC's "The Event," was also canceled.
As "Parenthood" wrapped up its season last night, the show was all about tying up some story lines while unraveling others for next season.
Last episode, Amber went completely off the rails. She was getting high at Julia's law firm with the age-inappropriate valet guy and not hiding it at all. Amber fought with her mother and drove off with valet guy, right into a drunk-driving accident.
This episode opened with Sarah getting the phone call and the Bravermans gathering in the hospital waiting room. Of all the family gatherings to lose patience, Max has a meltdown at this one. He's hungry and Adam promised him pancakes, which he wants right at that moment.
The plan was the thing on the new episode of "Parenthood." Old plans not working out, new plans that have no hope of working out and parents' plans not working out for their kids.
Cosby is in an empty house pouring his heart out to someone. Looks like a real estate agent. I say "looks like" because why would he be telling all his business to a real estate agent? And he couldn’t really be trying to buy a house while Jasmine is barely talking to him, could he?
Of course he is. He really thinks buying a whole house will convince the woman he cheated on to come back to him. And, for some reason, Crosby thinks telling this plan to Adam is a good idea. Adam doesn’t want to talk to him, but he finds it in himself to tell Crosby what a stupid idea it is. Sarah was a bit easier on him about it, but not by much.
The Bravermans return after a break without the clouds that seemed to be hanging over them - well, most of them anyway.
Pre-break saw Jasmine and Crosby breaking up after a fight and infidelity on Crosby's part; the infidelity was with Max's therapist Gabby, which affected Kristina, Adam and Max. Sarah was back to bartending, and her unreliable ex was in and then back out of the scene.
While he was there, he did spark some creativity in her - Sarah's working on refining a play she wrote. Zeek, who brings his own style to being a supportive parent, decides to help Sarah with her dream of being a writer.
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